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Blithe  
  A plant engineered to produce a substance that brought out compliant behavior in those who consumed it.  

Allswell: A naturally occurring chemical that, when present in sufficient concentrations in the brain, engenders the feeling that everything is fine. Isolated by theors in the First Century A.R. and made available as a pharmaceutical, it became ubiquitous when a common weed, subsequently known as blithe, was sequence-engineered to produce it as a byproduct of its metabolism.
Technovelgy from Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Morrow in 2008
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