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‘Considered to be without medical justification’: Science, Medicine, and Committees, 1945–1961

James H. Mills

in Cannabis Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199283422
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283422.003.0005
‘Considered to be without medical justification’: Science, Medicine, and Committees, 1945–1961

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While Britain's colonial past began to shape the UK's experience of cannabis in these years, other overseas contexts were similarly important and Chapter 5 considers them. There was a flurry of interest in British medical circles about the therapeutic potential of synhexl, or synthetic cannabis, early on in the period of research into antibiotics. However, events at the United Nations and the World Health Organization were to kill off any chance of a revival of therapeutic applications of substances based on the plant in the 1950s. A determined campaign against cannabis was waged by the WHO and the UN in this period which was to ensure that little doubt was left that it was a useless and dangerous material. However, the intervention of British delegates and their colleagues from India served to prevent an even more radical position on the drug in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Keywords: United Nations; World Health Organization; drugs diplomacy; India; antibiotics; Brain Committee

Chapter.  13374 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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