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Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199486717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199486717.001.0001

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Colonizing Cannabis

Colonizing Cannabis

Medication, Taxation, Intoxication, and Oblivion, c. 1839–1955

(p.200) 8 Colonizing Cannabis
Locating the Medical

James H. Mills

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at cannabis products and their history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In part this story is about the entry of preparations of the plant into Western medical knowledge and practice. However, the chapter also demonstrates that cannabis was not simply constructed as a medicine in Western circles in this period. The ways in which competing understandings emerged of the plant and the substances that could be manufactured from it is also explored. The purpose of doing this is twofold. In the first instance the chapter begins to provide some answers to the question of ‘what is medical about colonial medicine’. In addressing this question the chapter also addresses a second concern, which is to put plants back into the picture of the history of medicine in the colonial period.

Keywords:   Cannabis, medication, intoxication, taxation, plant, Western medicine, colonial medicine

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