The hundred years between 1837 and 1937 are known as the Golden Age of Medicinal Cannabis.
Central American Medicinal Cannabis Bottle
This beautiful glass bottle is a rare example of medicinal cannabis packaging for use in Central America. It originally contained a tincture of cannabis, a common remedy in the 19th century.
Three apothecary bottles attributed to Baccarat
Despite their similarity to decanters, these heavy lead crystal bottles decorated with gold leaf and hand-engraved Latin names actually contained medicines.
Dr Poppy’s Wonder Elixir
Enamel plate advertising Dr. Poppy’s Wonder Elixir. The sale of this medicine, which contained cannabis extract started in Australia in the late 1800s, and continued up until the 1950s.
Poisoning by Cannabis
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.
French porcelain apothecary jar used to store and preserve cannabis. Throughout the 1840s and 1850s dozens of French pharmacists published dissertations, monographs and articles on the medicinal benefits of Indian hemp (chanvre indien).
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.