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Cannabis, the 'Homelie Herbe'

The medicinal history of cannabis.

Top of cannabis plant in vegetative growth stage
Top of cannabis plant in vegetative growth stage

From the middle of the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth, medical herbalism has been increasingly subject to legislative restriction. This is not because plant medicine is ineffectual. Rather, the history of legislation reflects the degree and type of control which successive governments, and the professions they recognise and license, have seen fit to exercise over the bodies of British citizens.

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