A Look Back to When Cannabis Was Legal in the US…Before





(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)





Hello Readers:

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!

Dr. Kate


Above: Title page for the book excerpted in my post

8 responses to this post.

  1. I’m thinking this is when before the word “Marihuana” hit the scene. :DDD


  2. Posted by Blake on January 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    I keep updating Harley’s progress on the Anna dog page. Thanks for your help with working out the best way to administer his oil. He is on a good roll right now.


  3. Wowza, good job Kate!


  4. Posted by Helio on November 5, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Fascinating! Thanks for the historical perspective, Dr. Kate. It’s something that people seem to be sorely lacking.


  5. Posted by Blake on November 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    The price differential is substantial. I wonder what the shelf life was and how it was stored. Americana was probably some type of industrial hemp perhaps with less painkilling qualities so less money???? The DR’s prepared their own prescriptions in many rural situations.


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