Exhibition - Through the Rx Bottle

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


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. 

Exhibition Date: March 29, 2019 - August 23, 2019