Dr. O’Shaughnessy: Cannabis Was Medicine Before Prohibition, 1838
O’Shaughnessy concludes that these clinical studies have “led me to the belief that in Hemp the profession has gained an anti-convulsive remedy of the greatest value.”
How many of today’s medical marijuana patients know that Dr. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was responsible for the introduction of cannabis to modern Western medicine – in 1838?
Some may…all should.
While the cannabis/hemp plant was occasionally referenced by turn-of-the-century botanists and other world travelers – describing their newest discoveries. Next to nothing was understood about the potential benefits of cannabis therapy in England or Europe until Dr. O’Shaughnessy gave a lecture at the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta, to a group of students and scholars in 1839. The 40-page dissertation displayed his new and systematical approach to modern pharmaceutical research.
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