Cannabis Tincture Jars

Celebrate the forgotten history of cannabis with this photo, highlighting the many types of tinctures used.


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Don Wirtshafter and Paul MacFarland

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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 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.

Click here to see Cannabis Americana and Cannabis Apothecary Jars.

Ohio lawyer and cannabis industry pioneer Don Wirtshafter has long felt that the whole history of cannabis has not yet been told. Intrigued by its multi-layered story, he began collecting antique cannabis apothecary jars—direct and quickly vanishing links to cannabis’s medicinal past. Don was inspired to curate and present the beautifully crafted relics and so teamed up with Paul MacFarland, a paper and textile preservationist. Throughout his career, Paul has worked within the fine arts industries promoting the archival and environmental plant-based papers—and until the prohibition of cannabis in 1937, many of the apothecary jars were labeled using hemp-based paper. Paul and Don’s partnership led them to team up with to create a collection that tells the important, and often misaligned, story of the plant and its many beneficial derivatives.

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Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper, Solid Maple Frame, Made in America, Artique, FSC certified mat
Framed 17.25" H x 21 " W
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