Qishr (a.k.a. "Geshir", "Gishr", "Kishr") drinking was prohibited by jurists and scholars meeting in Samkhya in 1511 as "unclean" , but the subject of whether it was intoxicating was hotly debated over the next 30 years.
Many Zarendites since 1511 claim that the spread of its qishr is due to "undue Avestanii influence". Being pressured by Zarendite advisers, many politicians have come to declare qishr the "bitter invention of the Malignant Ones" because of its popularity among Avestanii, Many have privately stated that, "This Malignant One's drink is so good… we should cheat the Malignant Ones by placing declaration over it." It is not clear whether these are a true stories.
Its early association in Orintis and Paprika with rebellious political activities led to the Kingdom of Aidhne outlawing "qishr-houses" from January 1676. The O'Ruairc Dynasty banned it in Breifne in 1777 for nationalistic and economic reasons; concerned about the money leaving to country on the popular beverage, many sought to force the public back to consuming beer. Lacking qishr-producing colonies, Breifne had to import all its qishr at a great cost, often through the Imperian authorities.
The health benefits of qishr leaves are few known, as it is not a widely imbibed substance. However, it has been recorded that "Unlike tea, no nervous disorders arise from its inordinate use." The natives of these places and other experimental drinkers find that the concoction stems hunger and tends to energize both the body and mind while actually having more potency than the roasted brew.
Even today, over 400 years since the imposition of the ban on Qishr, many underground and often subversive groups, imbibe in the production and drinking of qishr. Throughout many of the nations of Orintis and Paprika, there are often illegal "qishr-houses" often in operation, often through bribery with local police officials.