An engraving of a 19th-century Chinese opium den. Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In imperial China, opium was not the only drug of choice – a strange powdered substance was a hit among the elite

From the third to fifth centuries, the psychotropic drug wu shi san or ‘five stone powder’ was a popular for its ability to open ‘the spirit and mind’

An engraving of a 19th-century Chinese opium den. Photo: Shutterstock
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