Up until its prohibition in 1937, Cannabis was the third most used compound in medicine for sixty years running. Its healing properties were often found in the form of herbal materials and tinctures—liquid extracts that kept cannabinoids in their raw, physiologically inactive state—and were known to offer anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antiemetic effects. The eight bottles pictured here constitute a typical Cannabis pharmacy from early 20th century America-herbal varieties of Sativa, Indica, and Americana, as well as hemp seeds and hashish. Each varietal offered varying benefits and boasted long medicinal histories.
Made in Millville, New Jersey, the glass apothecary bottles were something of a work of art-blown in three-piece molds and highlighted by hand-lettered labels edge banded with gold and red.
Industry pioneer Don Wirtshafter was inspired to collect the remaining historical evidence of the use of Cannabis as a medicine. Eager to curate and present images of this obscure, yet increasingly relevant era, he teamed with historian and paper and textile preservationist Paul MacFarland. The two then partnered with CannabisMuseum.com to bring the bottles and their medicinal use back into the limelight- the result is a piece of history that continues to gain relevance and importance today.
Here, a part of their collection is photographed in stunning detail by Ohio-based photographer David Hooker. Set against a simple black backdrop, this image serves as both an educational and intriguing touch of history for your home. Made in Oregon.
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