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19th Century

1876: Hash Reaches America

From the 1860's through the early 1900's, World Fairs and International Expositions featured a Turkish Hashish Smoking exhibit and concession. This exotic foreign activity of smoking hashish was immensely popular with the American public, although extremely new:  it's effects came on quickly. However the smoking of hashish is about a third as potent as the oral ingestion of cannabis extract medicines that US pharmacies were used to distributing, completely legally at this time.

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1890: A cannabis tincture is prescribed to Queen Victoria

In 1890 Sir J. Russel Reynolds, neurologist and physician was the personel phycisian of Queen Victoria the monarch of the United Kingdom. Sir Russell Reynolds, prescribed a cannabis tincture for the menstrual cramps the Queen was suffering from.

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