In the modern era, cannabis made its way to the new world of the Americas. Initially hemp was cultivated for the textile industry, but cannabis was soon recognised by the medical community. By the 1700s, American medical journals were actively promoting the benefits of cannabis, presenting it as a treatment for a variety of health issues.
However, it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that cannabis became commercially available and accepted as a medicine. The man responsible was an Irish physician by the name of William Brooke O’Shaughnessy. Known for his works that led to the intravenous drip. William was also a strong advocate for cannabis as a medicine, spending much of his life studying botanical pharmacology in India, validating that India had been using cannabis for thousands of years.
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