Cannabis & Viet Cong: How Soldiers Turned to Marijuana During the Vietnam War

War is hell, and those who fought in the Vietnam War know this better than most. It was a conflict between North and South Vietnam that quickly escalated as the world’s two superpowers at the time entered the fight.

  • There is a long history of drug use in the military.
  • Marijuana and amphetamine usage in the army was rampant during the Vietnam War.
  • Marijuana was incredibly easy to find in Vietnam.
  • A media overreaction to marijuana use led to an army crackdown.
  • Soldiers began to turn to heroin to help them get through the conflict.
  • Marijuana was not responsible for America “losing” the war.

The war began in November 1955 and ended with the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. The United States officially joined the fight on March 8, 1965, on the side of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese were able to call on the support of China, the Soviet Union, and others.

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