Ref: New Zealand Graphic, In the dispensary, 22 September 1906, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZG-19060922-6-2.
The substance was widely advertised as the “latest and most successful local anaesthetic” for painless teeth extractions, and used in creams to relieve chilblains. Asthma cigarettes containing cannabis were available everywhere, and hashish was present in imported tins of Turkish delight.
Ref: James F. Neil, The New Zealand family herb doctor, 1891, page 1, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 615.8 N41.
In a pamphlet from about 1900 in our Ephemera collection Grimault’s stated their “neat little cigarette, composed of Indian hemp (Cannabis Indica) and harmless medicinal herbs” provided prompt relief for many common complaints including asthma, laryngitis, hay fever and insomnia.
- Controlling and Regulating Drugs: Law Commission Issues Paper 16
- Pleasures of the flesh: sex & drugs in colonial New Zealand, 1840-1915 / Stevan Eldred-Grigg
- New Zealand Green: the Story of Marijuana in New Zealand / Redmer Yska
Author: Leanne, Central Auckland Research Centre