W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine | The Public Domain Review

Photograph of “a hemp drug shop” in Khandesh, with “bhang, ganja, & majum” for sale, featured as part of the Report of the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, 1893-1894 — Source.

Cataleptic trances, enormous appetites, and giggling fits aside, W. B. O’Shaughnessy’s investigations at a Calcutta hospital into the potential of medical marijuana — the first such trials in modern medicine — were largely positive. Sujaan Mukherjee explores the intricacies of this pioneering research and what it can tell us more generally about the production of knowledge in colonial science.

Source: W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine | The Public Domain Review

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