Remembering an African American Medical Cannabis Pioneer – Dr. Paschal Beverly Randolph

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Its Black History Month, so lets put this 19th century African American, Dr. Paschal Beverly Randolph, a pioneer of Medical Cannabis and his First Nations Medicine Woman wife, Mary Jane, back into history. Spread their names and share their glory.

Were the Randoph’s ignored by cannabis history due to skin colour? Paschal Beverly Randolph (October 8, 1825 – July 29, 1875) was an African American medical doctor, occultist, spiritualist, trance medium, and writer. He was possibly the largest importer of cannabis products into the USA during his life, and he and his wife, a native indian healer named Mary Jane, sold a variety of patented cannabis medicines from State to State.

“The medicinal properties of this remarkable plant are… the keystone of the arch of health, social, moral, mental, and physical; and from its study, naught but manly, womanly, holy and serene purity, good, and excellence can come.” (Randolph, 1860)

Randolph, and his first wife, a native American healer named, Mary-Jane Randolph, patented a variety of cannabis based aphrodisiacs and medicines, such as phymylle and amylle, and the differences he attributes to its effects, leaves one

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