We all know that cannabis was once legal throughout the United States and that some of our founding fathers grew a little on their plantations—presumably for its other uses of making rope and paper. The United States first regulated cannabis with the passage of the Marihuana Act of 1937 that taxed the sale of cannabis, hemp, and related products, but marijuana legislation stringency reached a climax during the Shafer Commission during the Nixon Administration.
Before politics entered the arena, there was nothing that a good dose of Dr. P.D. Fahrney’s “Infants Relief” couldn’t cure! The solution’s key ingredients? Cannabis indica, chloroform, and sweet spirits of nitre. Cannabis continues to overshadow chloroform in today’s headlines.
Produced from a towering tree native to India and South Asia, the total death count from this plant’s highly neurotoxic activities remains unknown. One Victorian-era prescription written for a “Baby Smith” included belladonna, aromatic ammonium, and strychnine, but whether the baby survived remains unclear. Today, you’ll find strychnine in rat poisons and insecticides.
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