The Anonymous Widower

Does Cannabis Help Period Pains?

I wouldn’t know for obvious reasons, but according to The Times today, Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis for this purpose.  But it wasn’t illegal until 1928. There’s more here on the BBC Panorama web site.

What a naughty old Queen she was!  Did she roll it herself or did she ask that nice Mr. Brown?

June 18, 2011 - Posted by | Health, World |


  1. It probably does as it can relax you. It is used by people illegally today for various pain related problems, and also for chemo sickness. It’s use is discussed in pain clinics as well. I have chosen not to use it for pain relief, although it would probably work better than the much stronger one I have on occasions, because it is not legal, and by using it I would be helping keep drug dealers in business.

    Comment by liz | June 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. I don’t know whether it works, but this claim that Queen Victoria was prescribed it is a myth – one based on the fact that one of her doctors once wrote about cannabis and its use in spasmodic conditions. There’s no evidence at all that she was ever given it – no prescription, no diary entries, nothing! The claims were debunked by Virginia Berridge in 2003 (full ref, Berridge V. 2003 ‘Queen Victoria’s Cannabis Use: Or, How History Does and Does Not Get Used in Drug Policy Making’, Addiction Research & Theory, 11, 213–15). BBC TV programmes are always saying she used it! Nice story, but story nonetheless.

    Comment by HELEN | June 21, 2011 | Reply

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