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history of hemp pt3 – prohibition


📖the history of hemp: prohibition⁠

😃at the beginning of the twentieth century, things looked good for cannabis. a 1901 report by the royal commission concluded it was ‘relatively harmless’ & not worth banning.⁠

⚔️however, trouble began when doctors & governments started to recognise the double-edged sword of opioids ⁠

‼️it was proposed that then if opioids were dangerous, too much cannabis could also be detrimental, like any power plant.⁠

🤔on top of this, no one knew what thc was, meaning prescribing it was a complete guessing game.⁠

🇺🇸therefore, many US states started to restrict access to cannabis tinctures, due to concerns over its potential dangers and misuse. ⁠

👍this was a rational argument.⁠

👨‍🔬during the prohibition era however, things become confusing and unscientific for the cannabis plant.⁠

❎there was a government-backed media and public opinion campaign against cannabis that could possibly be traced back in part to competition between hemp growers on the one hand, and cotton farmers and the timber business on the other.⁠

🌱the theory was hemp, as a source of fibre and possible paper, would overtake timber and cotton.⁠

4️⃣look out for part 4 to find out more.


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