While the US is only starting to explore medical uses of Cannabis, for centuries women around the world harnessed the magical green leaves to relieve pain, make sex better and manage STD’s. The jury is still out on how safe/effective these remedies were, but perhaps they’ll inspire new research.
Women Rubbed Pot on Swollen Breasts – used as a topical treatment for centuries, in 11th century Old English Herbarium: “Rub the herb with fat, lay it to the breast, it will disperse the swelling”. Documents show the method used in 19th-century Germany and Austria, where Cannabis was “laid on painful breasts of women who gave birth”.
Tantric Sex Disciples Drank Pot ‘Milkshakes’ – 7th century use of Cannabis widespread in Indian tantric sex practices. Bhang, pot, was mixed with milk, water and spices into a “Cannabis milk-shake” drunk to enhance sexual pleasure. Pot is still considered aphrodisiac today.
Doctors Prescribed Pot For STD’s – 17th century German physician declared Cannabis a remedy for gonorrhea. His recipe cooked the plant in water with nutmeg … 1860 Ohio State Commission echoed this, stating Cannabis mixed with milk and sugar, taken every 3-4 hours for a week was a sure-fire cure. 19th-century Persian prostitutes used Cannabis to help manage urethritis, prevalent among sex workers at the time.
Women Relied On Pot During Childbirth – In ancient Egypt Cannabis was used during labour … Cannabis in honey applied to the vagina to induce contractions. 1851 Monthly Journal of Medical Science (Edinburgh) claimed Cannabis had “remarkable power of increasing the force of uterine contraction during labour”. 1854 medical Cannabis in childbirth to aid with contractions noted in the Dispensatory of the US.
Women Consumed Pot To Treat Migraines – 9th-century Persia, juice from Cannabis seeds with herbs used to treat migraines and pain-related ailments. 1942, Morris Fishbein of the Journal of the AMA recommended Cannabis drops for migraines especially for women about to get their period.
Pot Also Made Periods More Bearable – 19th century Queen Victoria received monthly doses of Cannabis from her personal physician to relieve menstrual pain. US women used Dysmenine, a medicinal syrup which contained Cannabis to treat cramps.
Virgins Used Pot to Make Sex More Enjoyable – 1930’s Russia, young brides used lamb’s fat and Cannabis to make the wedding night less uncomfortable by reducing “the pain of defloration”. Brides took advantage of its well-known aphrodisiac qualities