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Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:13 PM

Queen Victoria was a pothead!

Last edited Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:36 PM - Edit history (1)

I just finished reading a most illuminating article about marijuana and its various issues in the February 20, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books.

The author is reviewing the book A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition which was written by Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, and is published by New Press.

The article is a calm and clear discussion about the plant.

Among many other facts, I learned that Queen Victoria used it for "...relief of menstrual discomfort."

The article is well worth reading! Here's a link: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/feb/20/marijuana-high-and-low/?insrc=whc



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Reply Queen Victoria was a pothead! (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 OP
KittyWampus Mar 2014 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #2
flamingdem Mar 2014 #9
dflprincess Mar 2014 #26
Warpy Mar 2014 #3
wildbilln864 Mar 2014 #22
Tsiyu Mar 2014 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #5
Tsiyu Mar 2014 #7
Half-Century Man Mar 2014 #6
WillyT Mar 2014 #8
Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #10
eppur_se_muova Mar 2014 #33
NMDemDist2 Mar 2014 #11
Warpy Mar 2014 #12
LeftishBrit Mar 2014 #21
japple Mar 2014 #13
malaise Mar 2014 #14
kelliekat44 Mar 2014 #15
sarge43 Mar 2014 #19
JustABozoOnThisBus Apr 2014 #41
RainDog Mar 2014 #16
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2014 #17
marble falls Mar 2014 #18
mountain grammy Mar 2014 #23
malthaussen Mar 2014 #20
UTUSN Mar 2014 #24
nikto Mar 2014 #25
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #27
nikto Apr 2014 #35
fizzgig Mar 2014 #30
Blue Owl Mar 2014 #28
nikto Apr 2014 #36
MisterP Mar 2014 #29
mwrguy Mar 2014 #31
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #32
Sentath Mar 2014 #34
1000words Apr 2014 #37
Warren DeMontague Apr 2014 #38
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #39
1000words Apr 2014 #40

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:14 PM

1. I am such an English History/Victoriana geek. I had no idea...

 

SQUEE!

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:16 PM

2. I was amazed also!

I thought the good folk of DU would appreciate hearing this.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:50 PM

9. CP there's a show at the Getty about the Queen

She was also into "selfies" I mean Daguerrotypes, very ahead of her time!

(Hmm I hope I have the right queen)

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 10:07 PM

26. Given how stern she looks in her pictures (and I know that's how it was done then)

it's hard to imagine her having one of the laughing fits one can have after imbibing...or I've been told that can happen.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:19 PM

3. We've been denied this incredibly useful plant

for nearly 80 years because a Prohibitionist who lost that fight decided Mexicans wouldn't work hard enough if they still had cannabis. So he named it "marijuana" and campaigned to make it illegal.

The filthy bastard won that war. We're still trying to undo his evil in this country.

I hope Harry Anslinger spends eternity living the lives of everybody his ruthless anti cannabis campaign ruined, from chemo patients to those in chronic pain to growers and kids on campuses who were just trying it out.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:35 PM

4. Great article, CalPeg



Thanks for sharing it. I wish the Republicans in TN were as enlightened as the ones in CO over this issue.



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Response to Tsiyu (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:41 PM

5. I regularly enjoy the articles in this particular periodical...

They're like history lessons without the tests or essay writing.

I think the tide is turning on legalization, and even TN will come around eventually.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:43 PM

7. I have it bookmarked



And I hope you are right


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:42 PM

6. Long known. Heard about it in the early seventies.

Part of the discussion fighting Nixon's stupidity.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:48 PM

8. My Dear Peggy... Thank You For That !!!

 

That is all... except...








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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:52 PM

10. Odd, then, that she was not more amused.

Seriously.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 11:40 AM

33. *snarf* nt

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:55 PM

11. so did Elizabeth I

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:22 PM

12. And most likely George Washington

whose diaries refer to harvesting "hemp" before it set seeds, counterproductive if he was growing it for bast fiber for maritime ropes and sail material.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:24 PM

21. And Louisa May Alcott

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:23 PM

13. I used it for for all sorts of "difficulties/discomfort," menstrual, hormonal, social, societial,

mental. Who's to judge me?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:26 PM

14. Thanks for the link

Rec

Legalize it!!!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:33 PM

15. I thought she snorted cocaine? nt

 

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:20 PM

19. She didn't have to.

She took laudanum, ticture of opium. During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was as common and widely used as aspirin and it was cheaper than gin or whisky. Mary Lincoln was addicted to it.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 05:16 AM

41. She may have "sniffed" a little ...

... but "snorted"? Heavens, no. How undignified.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:34 PM

16. Robert Hooke - 1689 - Royal Society Meeting

via wiki: The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science, and is possibly the oldest such society still in existence. Founded in November 1660, it was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II as the "Royal Society of London". The Society today acts as a scientific advisor to the British government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. The Society acts as the UK's Academy of Sciences, and funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies.

Robert Hooke, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, was also the curator or experiments for The Royal Society. In 1681 he made friends with a sea captain and writer named Robert Knox. From Knox's sea voyages for the East India Company, he had come into possession of "India Hemp" or ganja.

Knox introduced Hooke to the herb, and in 1689, Hooke recommended it to members of the Royal Society for its curative properties - and said the worst side effect was laughter.

William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, who began work shortly before Queen Vic took the throne, is credited with bringing cannabis medicine to Great Britain, after a stint working in India and experimenting with cannabis and observing its use among the population there at the time.

This is probably in the article - but it's a reality that cannabis was part of medical life until it was made illegal in the 1930s. It wasn't until Mexicans began settling in California that it suddenly became the subject of "reefer madness."

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:42 PM

17. You would HAVE to be to do this to a door....

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:04 PM

18. I use it for purely cosmetic reasons. It takes the warts off other peoples faces.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:37 PM

23. Excellent!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:24 PM

20. Okay, Now I'm going to have visions of Vicky and John Brown...

... lying on the rug at Balmoral and smoking weed.

-- Mal

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:38 PM

24. Indigenous people have taught it's a painkiller (for giving birth/broken bones) not recreational n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:59 PM

25. back in the early 1970s at college...

 

A number of women in our social group discovered pot was a fantastic cure for menstrual cramps,
which are common among young women.

My girlfriend used to say it was a "miracle", and was something like 99% effective at giving relief on
the one day a month when she would tend to have bad cramps.

I thought, these days, most women already knew that.

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Response to nikto (Reply #25)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 10:09 PM

27. I never heard that. But I lived a very sheltered life until I found DU! n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #27)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 01:32 AM

35. If you know any women with bad cramps...

 

Suggest they smoke some cannabis on their worst day to check out its effectiveness.

They will thank you.

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Response to nikto (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:05 AM

30. it's one of the few things that will touch my cramps

and it doesn't make me sick like vicodin does.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Mar 30, 2014, 10:13 PM

28. Her Majesty's Marihuana

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #28)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 01:57 AM

36. The Royal Rush...

 

The Queen's Cannabis.

The Palace Pot.

The BlueBlood Blaze.

Her Grace's Grass.

Her Highness's Hash.

Royalty's Roach.

Her Supremacy's Sensimilla.

The Royal Reefer.

The Monarch's Marijuana.

The Crown Joints.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:00 AM

29. Beatrix Potter fed a rabbit a cupful of hemp seeds: he became "wholly unmanageable"

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:45 AM

31. I know that from listening to Iron maiden

Bruce Dickinson mentions it in between songs on the 'Live After Death' album, iirc.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #31)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:59 AM

32. How cool!

I mostly listen to classical/jazz, so I miss all these bits of info.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:00 AM

37. She would have likely liked ...

 

The Kinks:



Long ago life was clean
Sex was bad and obscene
And the rich were so mean
Stately homes for the lords
Croquet lawns, village greens
Victoria was my queen
Victoria, victoria, victoria, toria

I was born, lucky me
In a land that I love
Though I am poor, I am free
When I grow I shall fight
For this land I shall die
Let her sun never set
Victoria, victoria, victoria, toria
Victoria, victoria, victoria, toria

Land of hope and gloria
Land of my victoria
Land of hope and gloria
Land of my victoria
Victoria, toria
Victoria, victoria, victoria, toria

Canada to india
Australia to cornwall
Singapore to hong kong
From the west to the east
From the rich to the poor
Victoria loved them all
Victoria, victoria, victoria, toria
Victoria, victoria, victoria

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:02 AM

38. Come to think of it...

she does look a little baked, here.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #38)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:04 AM

39. Doesn't she though!

It probably helped her sit for the endless portraits and other onerous duties.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #38)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:13 AM

40. LMAO

 

A little baked, here ...

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