The usage of Medical Marijuana has been documented for centuries. Today we take a look at A Brief History of Medical Marijuana, as well as share some pictures of beautiful bud. Enjoy!

Ancient China

Emperor Shen Nung compiled drug recipes in 1 A.D. “This ancient text, which is considered to be the world’s oldest pharmacopoeia, recommends marijuana for more than 100 ailments, including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and absentmindedness. Centuries later a Chinese medical text (1578 A.D.) described the use of marijuana to treat vomiting, parasitic infections, and hemorrhage.”

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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is Britain’s longest ruling monarch, and the longest ruling female monarch in history. The Victorian Era was a time of great expansion; along with industrial, cultural, and scientific change within the United Kingdom. And she a user of marijuana. Her private physician, Sir Russell Reynolds, prescribed marijuana for her menstrual cramps in 1823. Sir Reynolds noted in the first issue of The Lancet, “When pure and administered carefully, Marijuana is one of the of the most valuable medicines we possess.”

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Jacques-Joseph Moreau

Jacques-Joseph Moreau was a French psychiatrist, and the first physician to do systematic work on drugs’ effects on the central nervous system, and to catalogue, analyze, and record his observations. “Studies in the 1840s found that marijuana suppressed headaches, increased appetites, and aided people to sleep.” “It was in this role as the dispassionate scientist that Moreau became drug dispenser to the Hashish Club, a coterie of France’s leading writers, poets, and artist.” (Club des Hachichins)

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“The Hashish Club”

“The Hashish Club”, which lasted from about 1844-49, was a group of Bohemian intellectuals made up of some of the most brilliant minds in Europe at the time.  They gathered at Paris’ Gothic Pimodan House (Hotel Lazun) in France to consume a powerful, syrupy preparation of hashish and strong Arabic coffee. Founded by Theophile Gautier, it included such names as Alexander Dumas, Gerard de Nerval, Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, Ferdinand Boissard, Charles Baudelaire, Eugene Delacroix, and Roger de Beauvoir. Many of them left detailed writings of their experiences, or incorporated hashish into their fictional tales.

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