Cannabis Time Capsule, 1876: Marijuana as a medicine for a "remarkable invalid"

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Here's a pretty interesting and surprising positive story about cannabis being used as a medicine from the Colorado Banner out of Boulder County from July 1876 -- making this the oldest Cannabis Time Capsule piece we've run.

And though the mention of marijuana is brief, it illustrates how cannabis might have been perceived differently by the public and the press before paranoia and fear over this complex and amazing plant took over.

The item is basically a re-write of a Boston Globe obituary about Ruth W. Burgess, who died at the age of 64. The write-up talks about how Burgess suffered from a wide range of conditions in her life starting around the age of eight. Over the course of her life, she battled seizures, paralysis of her right eye and edema (then called "dropsy").

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But the article says she found a cure for the ailments through cannabis. Apparently, her brother was in what is now Guyana when he met a French doctor who gave him an unlabeled bottle of tincture. It turned out to be cannabis (called "Indian hemp").

Burgess saw improvements for some time and regained the use of her eye; she was also able to walk again. But her seizures eventually became much worse and her condition deteriorated.

Still, the article mentions that Boston doctors continued to use cannabis to treat dropsy with great success for many years.

Are some of them doing so today? That's another story....

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More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive: "1884: Woman describes terrifying first experience" and "1921: Marijuana use worse than opium addiction."


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wtchdr46
wtchdr46

Love what Colorado is doing, but at the same time, Why is marijuana taxed differently from tomatoes, or green beans, or spinach?  I would much rather see all laws against marijuana redacted and return it to it's proper place as a garden crop, taxed only if it is sold, and taxed as other income tax

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stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings."


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@DonkeyHotayLoser

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DonkeyHotay
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 *** Cannabis Linked To Schizophrenia-Like Brain Changes ***

Researchers looking at the effects of cannabis on the brain have made some interesting discoveries. The effect is similar to some of the symptoms of schizophrenia, say Dr. Matthew Jones and colleagues at Bristol University, UK. They predicted that the detrimental impact of cannabis on memory and cognition might be caused by brain networks being “disorchestrated.”

Normally, specific parts of the brain are tuned into each another at certain frequencies, say the researchers. This rhythmic activity produces brain waves and allows information to be processed in order for us to react.

The team used the analogy of an orchestra to explain how this works. They say that brain activity can be compared to the performance of an orchestra in which string, brass, woodwind and percussion sections are joined together in rhythms dictated by the conductor. In a similar way, specific structures in the brain tune in to one another at certain frequencies. Their rhythmic activity creates brain waves, and the tuning of these brain waves normally allows information to be processed that guides our behavior. But cannabis causes disturbances in systems involved in concentration and memory, the team found.

The primary psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, known as THC, activates cannabinoid receptors, which are found in many brain areas. In the research, the team measured the electrical activity from hundreds of neurons in rats when given a drug similar to THC which also stimulates cannabinoid receptors.

This showed that the effects on individual brain regions were subtle, but brain waves across the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex were completely disrupted. These two brain areas are vital for memory and decision-making, so the rats were no longer able to accurately navigate a maze. Both areas are also involved in schizophrenia.

Findings are published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The authors write that these results show a possible mechanism behind the cognitive impairment caused by cannabis that was described by Dr Frederick T. Melges and his team back in 1970. Dr. Melges called the effect “temporal disintegration,” and described it as “difficulty in retaining, coordinating and serially indexing those memories, perceptions and expectations that are relevant to the goal one is pursuing.”

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

All the names of the 'people' who follow Donkey Hoetay, have the same kind of nickname. I am betting they are nothing but extra accounts of his. Nothing like following yourself in a forum.

NOTICE: Professional Troll on site!

TROLL = A social loner who wastes others' time by posting flammable opinion, out of context statements as logic, and quotes and references articles they cannot understand. Hiding behind keyboards is excellent for maintain the 'privacy' of these individuals, as is using foul language and insults as responses to constructive commentary and opinions.

Unknown to the moderators (or slipping under their radar as they laugh their butts of at his posts) he runs this forum and tries to control the level of intelligence in any given posting.

DonkeyHotay
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 *** Marijuana Linked to Increased Stroke Risk ***

In a presentation to the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand found an increased risk of stroke among those smokingmarijuana compared to those who did not

“This is the first case-controlled study to show a possible link to the increased risk of stroke from cannabis,” lead author Dr. Alan Barber of the University of Auckland in New Zealand said in a statement.

Barber said "We know cannabis can cause changes in blood pressure and heart rate that are associated with increased stroke risk. Importantly, it can also cause heart palpitations, [a sign of atrial fibrillation]. And atrial fibrillation is very strongly associated with stroke.”



stuka1
stuka1

<yawns at the pathetic self-obsessed troll>

DonkeyHotay
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@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== Pathetic prohibitionist TOOL spouting debunked pathetic prohibitionist propaganda

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <==== spamming what it KNOWS is debunked reefer madness tripe. The study you cite failed to take into account that the stroke victims were TOBACCO SMOKERS.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotayLoser

@DonkeyHotay And yet here you are, sexless, unemployed, pathetic, trolling the site every day on every article with your worthless vitriol and ignorance. Its no wonder why you dont have a partner- youre obviously obsessive, obtuse, and have a lack of intelligence surpassed by few. Why are you complaining about the site when you practically live on here, day after day after day? Dont shit where you eat, little troll. Maybe go outside once in awhile, get a hobby, maybe try growing a brain. Try finding something that you can actually offer, because you clearly have nothing to offer here- or in any other capacity in life. In short- get a life, you pathetic, cowardly, moronic loser.

QFTMFT.

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

@DonkeyHotayFrom further down the page of the aforementioned study; A major limitation of the study is that the investigators were unable to control for other confounding factors, including tobacco use and cannabis dose.

------snip------

While “Dr. Barber went on to carefully address the study limitations during his talk, the general feeling afterward was that the findings were hypothesis-generating,” rather than strong evidence of a link between cannabis and stroke, he told Neurology Today.

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1

Findings are published in the Journal of Neuroscience


DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1

suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== the toe-tapping moron who voted FOR PROHIBITION and now cries every day here

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Only in your most pathetic fantasies, faggot.

@DonkeyHotayLoser

@DonkeyHotay And yet here you are, sexless, unemployed, pathetic, trolling the site every day on every article with your worthless vitriol and ignorance. Its no wonder why you dont have a partner- youre obviously obsessive, obtuse, and have a lack of intelligence surpassed by few. Why are you complaining about the site when you practically live on here, day after day after day? Dont shit where you eat, little troll. Maybe go outside once in awhile, get a hobby, maybe try growing a brain. Try finding something that you can actually offer, because you clearly have nothing to offer here- or in any other capacity in life. In short- get a life, you pathetic, cowardly, moronic loser.

QFTMFT.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== admires me SO MUCH, it keeps a running list of my quotes

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== voted to KEEP PROHIBITION

HipTip: shit you make up =/= facts

hth pathetic LOSER

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1

A64 = a Continuation of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION against Marijuana Users and Growers in Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = prohibitionist scumsucker drowning in his own vomit

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 = too fucking stupid to know that dictionaries -- even Black's -- are NOT primary legal sources

Stuka proves his pig-ignorance yet again.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = legal imbecile who thinks the voices in its head and the shit it makes up are primary legal sources

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   

that's BLACK'S LAW dictionary, moron.

 HipTip: The phrase "ENCLOSED SPACE" does, and the discussion of curtilage is ON POINT. That's a legal term; you wouldn't know fuck about it.

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 = legal imbecile who thinks dictionaries are primary legal sources.

HipTip: the word curtilage doesn't appear anywhere in A64.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== pathetic prohibitionist moron

The ENCLOSED SPACE of ground and buildings immediately surrounding a dwelling-house. In its most comprehensive and proper legal signification, it includes all that space of ground and buildings thereon which is usually enclosed within the general fence immediately surrounding a principal messuage and outbuildings, and yard closely adjoining to a dwelling-house, but it may be large enough for cattle to be levant and couchant therein.


Law Dictionary: What is CURTILAGE? definition of CURTILAGE (Black's Law Dictionary) http://thelawdictionary.org/curtilage/#ixzz2Rre4oF3d

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 = failed geometry, doesn't know what ENCLOSED SPACE is.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  Didn't make that up. And it was in response to your idiotic claim that a fenced yard is not an "enclosed space".

@DonkeyHotay <=== pathetic prohibitionist propagandist who thinks a fenced yard is not enclosed. 

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 

Facts =/= shit ignorant retards like you make up.

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Anyone with facts can debunk idiotic bullshit. 

Life's like that.

hth chickenshit whiny pussy

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

sucka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

suka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Psycho FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   <=== says the pathetic cunt that spams mined quotes all day every day.

FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== says the toe-tapping troll who constantly wallows in references to gay anal sex, gay anal fisting, and eating shit from gay mens asses

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = denies 10s of Thousands of ADULTS any Legal Access to rec. marijuana for his own pig-ignorant proclivities.


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