08 February 2007 – For centuries the ‘Exotic East’ held a great allure for western travellers, but some of the tales that were told have turned out to be more than fanciful. Dr Karl has pulled back the silk curtain for a clearer view…
But there are a few reasons why the hashish-assassin myth is almost certainly wrong. First, if hashish is given in a large enough dose to cause unconsciousness, it will first cause nausea and hallucinations – which are usually very scary and unpleasant to the unsuspecting user. Second, Hassan was a deeply puritanical and ascetic person, who strictly followed the Koran. So much so, when two of his own sons were separately accused of drunkenness and murder, he personally had them executed.
Source: ABC Science