Our Cannabis Time Capsule excavations first uncovered Maltos-Cannabis marijuana-infused Swedish medicinal treats a few years back, in an 1897 advertisement in the Svensk Amerkanska, a Denver paper for Swedish-speaking immigrants.
Now, we've dug up another reference, this time in an actual article from 1895 in the same paper. It seems to be about how Swedes living in the U.S. can maintain a healthy lifestyle -- one that included cannabis-based candies.
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We don't speak Swedish very well (and by "very well," we mean "at all"), but Google Translate does -- albeit somewhat roughly. Below is the excerpt from the original (much longer) text of the article and the cleaned-up text spit out by our computer overlords in Silicon Valley.
The healthiest and in most cases the safest medicines are those in which they not only constituents are most nourishing and at the same time as tasty and stimulating. One such preparation is Maltose -- Cannabis newest in medicine had prepared of hemp seed and malt sugar, its name comes of it. The notable drug was rewarded with two medals at the exhibition in Antwerp and is advocated in Europe by of such prominent doctors as Professor Leyden, who was the physician of his Imperial Majesty Zar Alexander and Professor senator (?) at the renowned of mercy hospital in Berlin, besides a large number of second medicinal authorities in different countries. Dr. Frollsen, one of the presenters at the exhibition in Antwerp, certifies that he has "with great success prescribed Maltos-Cannabis to people who suffered from lungstot, magyra and andanaemia." He also finds it to be "a digestible and very nourishing medicine and gives in a short time good results."
As we wrote back in July of 2013, the drug was touted as a way of helping combat a rainbow of ailments ranging from consumption to crazy flesh-eating bacteria that sometimes followed tuberculosis infections. The edibles were originally made in Stockholm, but by the time of this article, they were being made in Chicago by the Red Cross Chemical Works.