Cannabis study report from British India re-issued

Photo of hemp users
'Gosavis', habitual excessive
ganja smokers, Khandesh.

An 8-volume report on the effects of cannabis use has been re-issued in its entirety for the first time since the 1890s.

'The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission report 1893-94' was the most comprehensive study on the effects of cannabis ever carried out.

In 36 cities across India, the commission cross-examined over 1,400 witnesses. It reported on the physical, psychological, economic and sociological effects of using cannabis or 'hemp'.

Commissioners concluded that, generally speaking 'the moderate use of hemp drugs appears to cause no appreciable physical injury of any kind. The excessive use does cause injury.'

Photos of production and consumption

Published by Hardinge-Simpole in association with the National Library of Scotland the facsimile report includes photographs of cannabis cultivation, production and consumption. It is available to buy on Amazon.

The report is part of the India Papers collection at NLS. You can read some of the many important medical works in the collection in our feature on the 'Medical History of British India'.

Find out more on the Official Publications Unit blog.

1 October 2010

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