(Below: A page out of the 1913-14 product catalogue of Lilly Laboratories (still around today as Big Pharma company Eli Lilly&Co, producers of most of the world’s insulin, as well as the blockbuster drug Lipitor, among other things)
For this election day, the day where cannabis may finally (finally!) become legal in the great state of Oregon, I thought it might be fun to hearken back to the days of yore when cannabis was fully legal across the entire continental United States of America.
Over on a new page just posted on Pharmerkate’s Pharmacy Corner, I have transcribed from an old dispensatory the detailed instructions for preparing cannabis for use as an official medicine, as well as its uses and the conditions it was used to treat. Yep, this is how they did it way back in 1870! While the methods of preparation are a bit different today, I thought you SkunkPharmers might find it interesting to compare and contrast.
As for the medicinal uses, you will not be surprised to find that it was valued then for the same things we value it for today: namely as a general relaxant as well as an important medicine for relief of pain, anxiety, and spasms, especially in cases where opiates are contraindicated or their side effects unwanted (emphasis mine).
Oh, and in 1870, cannabis was considered a possible effective treatment for hysteria and insanity…
I hope you enjoy this little trip back in time, and happy Election Day! Let’s hope this one becomes historic by actually returning us to the past!
Above: Title page for the book excerpted in my post