Last updated on: 9/24/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

1889 – Article in The Lancet Outlines Use of Cannabis for Opium Withdrawal

“In 1889, an article by Dr. E. A. Birch in The Lancet, then as now one of the world’s leading medical journals, outlined the application of cannabis for the treatment of opium and chloral hydrate withdrawal symptoms: the mixture reduced the opium craving and acted as an anti-emetic [drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea].”