Travel back in time to a bygone era as you explore the Blaze Boudoir. Created to look like a Victorian ladies boudoir, the room features a glamorous vanity filled with an assortment of vintage accessories inviting you to dress up. On the other side of the room, you’ll also find a carefully curated collection of Victorian antiquities and old-time treasures sourced from local shops.
Cannabis In The Victorian Era
Dating all the way back to the Victorian era, cannabis has had a history in high society and the medical field. In 1843 William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was the first person to introduce cannabis into Western Medicine. Through his research on animals then into human trials, he discovered that the use of cannabis would help the treatment of pain, and in one case study, helped a patient with rabies eat and drink water. He also found that the side effects noted by other researchers were a bit extreme and saw that for cannabis they were not nearly as hurtful as the side effects from alcohol, opium, and tobacco. This drug was allowed for both recreational and medical use until 1928 when it became illegal.
Secret Poker Speakeasy
Pull the velvet drapes aside in the Blaze Boudoir, and you’ll discover that it leads to another secret room in the Mansion: The Poker Speakeasy. This charming Prohibition style Speakeasy features a poker table, bar cart, vintage art and old school tunes that will make you want to drink champagne smoke some haze and dance on the table. The design of this room is intended to be a play on Prohibition and the hidden vices in society over the last century.
Prohibition & Pot
From being legal, to being illegal and back to legal, cannabis has been on a crazy ride. Let’s take a step back in time to 1862 with cannabis being the rave of the town. For recreational use, people were describing this new drug as a “feel good”, “pleasurable”, and “harmless stimulant”. During the nineteenth century cannabis was not a very well known or accepted topic. Between 1914 and 1925, twenty-six states had passed laws prohibiting this plant. Transitioning into the time of prohibition cannabis slang word transformed into “jazz cigarettes.” This being because during this time you were only able to find marijuana in cabarets, dance halls and nightclubs. As prohibition came to an end, the prohibition of marijuana did not. Propaganda, such as the film Reefer Madness, exploited and demonized marijuana, portraying its consumption to be a dangerous, sinful vice.
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