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Drug subcultures are examples of countercultures, primarily defined by recreational drug use.

Drug subcultures are groups of people united by a common understanding of the meaning and value (good or otherwise) of the incorporation into life of the drug in question. Such unity can take many forms, from friends who take the drug together, possibly obeying certain rules of etiquette, to full-scale political movements for the reform of drug laws. The sum of these parts can be considered an individual drug's "culture".

There are multiple drug subcultures based on the use of different drugs — the culture surrounding cannabis, for example, is very different from that of heroin, due to the different sort of experiences, sentiment amongst the crowd attracted to the drug in question, as well as the problems the users encounter.[1]

Drugs also play an important role in various other subcultures, such as reggae music, Rastafari, hippie movements, drug dealing, as well as rave culture. Many artists, especially in 20th century and since then, used various drugs and explored their influence on human life in general and particularly on the creative process[2]. Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas employs drug use as a major theme and provides a critique of the drug culture of the 1960s.

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