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CaliforniaPeggy

(150,674 posts)
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:13 PM Mar 2014

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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Queen Victoria was a pothead! (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 OP
I am such an English History/Victoriana geek. I had no idea... KittyWampus Mar 2014 #1
I was amazed also! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #2
CP there's a show at the Getty about the Queen flamingdem Mar 2014 #9
Given how stern she looks in her pictures (and I know that's how it was done then) dflprincess Mar 2014 #26
We've been denied this incredibly useful plant Warpy Mar 2014 #3
yes we have! wildbilln864 Mar 2014 #22
Great article, CalPeg Tsiyu Mar 2014 #4
I regularly enjoy the articles in this particular periodical... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #5
I have it bookmarked Tsiyu Mar 2014 #7
Long known. Heard about it in the early seventies. Half-Century Man Mar 2014 #6
My Dear Peggy... Thank You For That !!! WillyT Mar 2014 #8
Odd, then, that she was not more amused. Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #10
*snarf* nt eppur_se_muova Mar 2014 #33
so did Elizabeth I NMDemDist2 Mar 2014 #11
And most likely George Washington Warpy Mar 2014 #12
And Louisa May Alcott LeftishBrit Mar 2014 #21
I used it for for all sorts of "difficulties/discomfort," menstrual, hormonal, social, societial, japple Mar 2014 #13
Thanks for the link malaise Mar 2014 #14
I thought she snorted cocaine? nt kelliekat44 Mar 2014 #15
She didn't have to. sarge43 Mar 2014 #19
She may have "sniffed" a little ... JustABozoOnThisBus Apr 2014 #41
Robert Hooke - 1689 - Royal Society Meeting RainDog Mar 2014 #16
You would HAVE to be to do this to a door.... Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2014 #17
I use it for purely cosmetic reasons. It takes the warts off other peoples faces. marble falls Mar 2014 #18
Excellent! mountain grammy Mar 2014 #23
Okay, Now I'm going to have visions of Vicky and John Brown... malthaussen Mar 2014 #20
Indigenous people have taught it's a painkiller (for giving birth/broken bones) not recreational n/t UTUSN Mar 2014 #24
back in the early 1970s at college... nikto Mar 2014 #25
I never heard that. But I lived a very sheltered life until I found DU! n/t CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #27
If you know any women with bad cramps... nikto Apr 2014 #35
it's one of the few things that will touch my cramps fizzgig Mar 2014 #30
Her Majesty's Marihuana Blue Owl Mar 2014 #28
The Royal Rush... nikto Apr 2014 #36
Beatrix Potter fed a rabbit a cupful of hemp seeds: he became "wholly unmanageable" MisterP Mar 2014 #29
I know that from listening to Iron maiden mwrguy Mar 2014 #31
How cool! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #32
Sounds like you've been listening to censored Jazz ( : Sentath Mar 2014 #34
She would have likely liked ... 1000words Apr 2014 #37
Come to think of it... Warren DeMontague Apr 2014 #38
Doesn't she though! CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #39
LMAO 1000words Apr 2014 #40

flamingdem

(39,681 posts)
9. CP there's a show at the Getty about the Queen
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:50 PM
Mar 2014

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

(Hmm I hope I have the right queen)

dflprincess

(28,230 posts)
26. Given how stern she looks in her pictures (and I know that's how it was done then)
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 10:07 PM
Mar 2014

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.

Warpy

(112,175 posts)
3. We've been denied this incredibly useful plant
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:19 PM
Mar 2014

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.

Tsiyu

(18,186 posts)
4. Great article, CalPeg
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:35 PM
Mar 2014


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



CaliforniaPeggy

(150,674 posts)
5. I regularly enjoy the articles in this particular periodical...
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 07:41 PM
Mar 2014

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.

Warpy

(112,175 posts)
12. And most likely George Washington
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:22 PM
Mar 2014

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.

japple

(10,083 posts)
13. I used it for for all sorts of "difficulties/discomfort," menstrual, hormonal, social, societial,
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:23 PM
Mar 2014

mental. Who's to judge me?

sarge43

(28,969 posts)
19. She didn't have to.
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:20 PM
Mar 2014

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.

RainDog

(28,784 posts)
16. Robert Hooke - 1689 - Royal Society Meeting
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 08:34 PM
Mar 2014

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."

malthaussen

(17,406 posts)
20. Okay, Now I'm going to have visions of Vicky and John Brown...
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:24 PM
Mar 2014

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

-- Mal

 

nikto

(3,284 posts)
25. back in the early 1970s at college...
Sun Mar 30, 2014, 09:59 PM
Mar 2014

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.

 

nikto

(3,284 posts)
35. If you know any women with bad cramps...
Tue Apr 1, 2014, 01:32 AM
Apr 2014

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

They will thank you.

fizzgig

(24,146 posts)
30. it's one of the few things that will touch my cramps
Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:05 AM
Mar 2014

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

 

nikto

(3,284 posts)
36. The Royal Rush...
Tue Apr 1, 2014, 01:57 AM
Apr 2014

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.

mwrguy

(3,245 posts)
31. I know that from listening to Iron maiden
Mon Mar 31, 2014, 01:45 AM
Mar 2014

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

 

1000words

(7,051 posts)
37. She would have likely liked ...
Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:00 AM
Apr 2014

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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