Until its prohibition in 1937, cannabis was the third most used compound in medicine. 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.
Set against a background of authentic cannabis prescriptions, these five tincture bottles showcase the craftsmanship and lost art of pharmaceutical cannabis. Each colorful blown-glass bottle is highlighted by gold-leafed, hand-lettered labels with subtle imperfections that detail the bottles’ many years of use.
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 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 prescription backdrop, this image serves as both an educational and intriguing touch of history for your home. Made in Oregon.
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