High History / Part VII / William Brooke O'Shaughnessy / The Father of Modern Marijuana Medicine

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Before Prohibition, when #Cannabis plants grew freely, many of Notable People throughout #History, came together to enjoy What God Gave Us, and created necessary contributions to the event of common Cannabis Usage, whether they promoted growing weed, took a number of puffs, or used the Medical #Marijuana throughout the ages, from ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors.

If you enjoyed reading about the Famed Egyptian Ruler / Ramesses The Great, The Sonnet 76 / William Shakespeare, The Fifth President of the United States / James Monroe, how the Tincture of Cannabis helped / Queen Victoria out of her difficulties, the Extraordinary Cache of unearthed well preserved Cannabis plants / Marijuana Inside The Tomb, and about the Chinese Surgeon / Hua Tuo, then it is the time to Meet The Father of Modern Marijuana Medicine !

William Brooke O'Shaughnessy


ON 6 November 1838, William Brooke O’Shaughnessy received an urgent note from the hospital where he worked. Could he come immediately? One of his patients was exhibiting "very peculiar and formidable" symptoms. Alarmed, he rushed to the man’s bedside.


O’Shaughnessy / The Medical Cannabis Pioneer had reason to worry. The patient was one of the first human guinea pigs in his pioneering experiments with Cannabis. A few hours earlier, the man had been given a modest dose of Cannabis Resin dissolved in alcohol.

So Who Was He ?

The Victorian Doctor Who Promoted Medical Marijuana / O'Shaughnessy was an Irish Physician, born in Limerick in 1809 and displayed such intelligence during his schooling that he was admitted to the best medical school in the world at the University of Edinburgh in 1827. At Edinburgh he studied medicine, chemistry, forensic toxicology and anatomy.


  • In 1833 he moved to Calcutta to work for the British East India Company. O'Shaughnessy stayed in India for nine years, working as a doctor and as a scientist.

  • While working in India, O'Shaughnessy Learned About Cannabis. O'Shaughnessy was intrigued enough to start researching Marijuana.

  • When he was back in England, O'Shaugnessy Used Cannabis To Treat muscle spasms, vomiting, and diarrhea. He was so successful that other Western doctors soon began using the same treatments.


William O'Shaughnessy brought Marijuana to the attention of Modern Western Medicine. In America, starting in the 1840s, you could get Marijuana almost anywhere, without O'Shaughnessy, who knows how long it would've taken for Western Medicine to clue into the benefits of Cannabis !

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Many know that O'Shaughnessy Introduced Cannabis To Modern Western Medicine, but know little else of his extraordinary life. So, If You Want To Know More ( In addition to his pioneering work on Cannabis Therapy ) about his invention of the modern treatment for cholera and his significant contributions to pharmacology, chemistry, drug clinical trials, science education, and underwater engineering, Feel Free To Read / Antique Cannabis Book !

References & Photos / Antique Cannabis Book / Newscientist /

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Fuck my knowledge. How come I never heard of him? Seems like pioneer of medical Cannabis.

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I am sure, Existence Observer know who is The Victorian Doctor William Brooke O'Shaughnessy !

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Very informative

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