The hundred years between 1837 and 1937 are known as the Golden Age of Medicinal Cannabis.
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In the late 19th century numerous cases of ‘poisoning by cannabis indica’ were reported in medical journals. Many government agencies required that the word ‘poison’ be placed on the label of cannabis tinctures. The antidote for alleged ‘cannabis poisoning’ accepted by the medical establishment was coffee.
This antique Japanese medicine bottle lists a tincture of Indian hemp as one of its ingredients. The name Shinyaku represented a medicine of marvellous efficacy, because the word is a compound of Shin and Yaku, meaning “divine or almighty” and “medicine,” respectively.