The History Behind Medical Marijuana

Marijuana over the last decade has been undergoing a revitalization process. What was once a medicinal herb, then an illegal controlled substance, is now considered by many as one of the most underrated medicines of the century!

It was on the 19th of October 2009 that the United States Justice Department announced that the federal prosecutors wouldn't pursue medical marijuana users and distributors that are complying with state laws. This formalized a policy which the Obama Administration had been hinting at all year. Currently, there are 29 states which have allowed medicinal marijuana, and nine states that have completely legalized recreational marijuana. That's a big swing from an illegal substance with no recognized medicinal value only twenty years ago.

When Was Marijuana Criminalized in The United States?

Marijuana began to face pressure from the government in the early 1900s. Many states began to list cannabis as a poison in 1906, and by the early 20s, it was outlawed in almost every state across America. By the 30s it was regulated as a drug and the federal government is still regulating its use despite many states legalizing its use, both medicinally and recreationally.

The History Behind Medical Marijuana

Way back in 2737 B.C., the Emperor Shen Neng from China was prescribing marijuana-infused tea for the treatment of malaria, gout, rheumatism, and memory loss. It was because of the popularity of marijuana as a medicine that it began to spread out of Asia, across the Middle East, and then down to the African coasts. Some Hindu sects used cannabis for their religious ceremonies as well as to help relieve stress.

Now we're going to jump ahead to the early 18th century. Many early American medical journals advertised and recommended the use of hemp roots and seeds for the treatment of medical conditions. Some of these medical conditions included incontinence, venereal disease, and inflamed skin. It was an Irish doctor that first made marijuana popular in England and America. William O'Shaughnessy made weed popular for the treatment of nausea, cholera, tetanus, and the pain associated with rheumatism. It was later in the 19th century that the attitude towards marijuana and other narcotics began to shift in another direction.

It was estimated that in the early 19th century between 2% and 5% of the entire population of the United States was unknowingly addicted to morphine. Morphine was a popular ingredient that was secretly added to a variety of popular medicines being peddled across the country. To try and combat this epidemic, the government introduced the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. At the time this act didn't control marijuana, but it was the first step towards a big shift in the United States attitude towards drugs and their enforcement.

It wasn't until the last two decades, almost a hundred years later that the government's attitude towards marijuana began to shift back towards decriminalization. This could be for several different reasons. It could be because of overcrowding and a struggling justice system, the government looking to source new revenue funds through taxation and legalization, or because only now is the government beginning to open its eyes to the potential of medicinal marijuana and its benefits.

Popular Medicinal Marijuana Studies

Every day around the world there are new medical studies being undertaken researching the benefits of marijuana. Below are some of the most popular marijuana studies of 2017 and what they mean for people around the globe.

  • Cannabis Could Be The Powerful Weapon We Possess To Combat A Growing Opioid Epidemic Around The World - 84% of patients who have had access to medical marijuana reduced their prescriptions to opioids, compared to only 45% of those who didn't have access. There have also been several studies into the amount of related opioid studies which have shown that states with access to medical marijuana have fewer opioid-related overdoses.

  • Small Does of THC Could Promote Healthy Brain Ageing - As we get older and our brains age, the endocannabinoid system begins to weaken. The CB1 receptors spread throughout it begin to weaken, and those that are still active are less effective. A research team based in Germany believes that by getting small, regularly does of THC we could help keep the CB1 receptors more active. They believe that this could help prevent the onslaught of disease and conditions which affect us as we age. Helping to retain brain function.

  • Cannabis Could Be the Key in Fighting Parkinson's Disease - There is no evidence that cannabis can completely cure Parkinson's disease, but there are studies being undertaken which show that it can help with the symptoms. Scientists from the Tel Aviv University discovered that smoking medical marijuana for approximately 19 months could help combat many of the symptoms of Parkinson's. Over 82% of patients involved in the study reported an improvement in their symptoms. Cannabis helped to reduce the number of falls, improved sleep, provided pain relief, reduced tremors and muscle stiffness.

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At Tetra Horizon we believe Cannabis can bring hope and an end to the dependencies of Big Pharma. We strive to provide education and promote Cannabis as an alternative treatment to a variety of conditions. Most states have already adopted some form of Medical Marijuana Program to help provide relief and treatment for the residents of their state. As an advocate of Medical Marijuana/Cannabis I wish to provide as much informational content and resources to the hands of individuals to make a more informed decision. Education provides the knowledge and understanding to achieve the best results when using cannabis for treatment.

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