As legalization of medical marijuana makes a comeback in Ohio, Through the Rx Bottle explores
the medicinal use of cannabis prior to its federal ban in 1937. In collaboration with The
Cannabis Museum in Athens, Ohio, this exhibit investigates the history of medicinal cannabis
through artifacts, especially prescription bottles that housed the medicines. Early medicinal
herbals, medical and trade publications, and botanical illustrations from the Lloyd Library’s
collection accompany the artifacts.
The exhibition demonstrates the wealth of knowledge about cannabis held by medical
practitioners 100 years ago. Prior to its prohibition, cannabis was sold by major drug companies
including Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis and Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists. Physicians found it beneficial for
a wide variety of symptoms, as they offered treatments that match many of the claims made by
proponents and patients of medicinal cannabis today.
The exhibit opens March 29 and runs through August 23.
The George Rieveschl, Jr. History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Exhibit
The George Rieveschl, Jr. History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Exhibit features a patented Lloyd Cold Still (at right) built in Cincinnati and used at the University of Michigan and at AYSL Corp; significant components of the Soxhlet extractor used by Drs. Monroe Wall and Mansukh Wani to isolate the anti-cancer drug Taxol® at Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina; and culminates with a look at the anti-allergen drug, Benadryl® and its creator, local Cincinnati scientist and philanthropist, George Rieveschl, Jr.
This exhibit made possible through the generous support of: The George Rieveschl, Jr. Book Fund; American Chemical Society-Cincinnati Chapter; American Society of Pharmacognosy Foundation; Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Foundation; AYSL Corporation; Research Triangle Institute; LLM’s Friends and Donors; Anonymous; Camden Foundation; In Memory of the Grabowski Family; Brian Hanson; and Benet’s Pharmacy.