Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Diseases, Health, Medical Marijuana | Comments Off on History of medicinal marijuana

2VsQ7xuIt appears as if medicinal marijuana is not a modern concept. Some scholars claim that marijuana was used for medicinal purposes as early as 2737 BC by the Chinese Emperor Shen Neng, who used to drink cannabis tea in order to treat his gout, malaria, rheumatism, and, according to some, even lousy memory. This type of medication was extremely popular in ancient Asia, and from there it spread to other corners of the world, such as Middle East, India, and even Africa. In fact, there is proof that some Hindus used it as a stress reliever and a painkiller.

3_History_Lessons_of_Medical_CannabisWhen it comes to Britain, the use of medicinal marijuana was popularized by an Irish doctor called William O’Shaughnessy, who read about it in India, and ehere he saw first hand the effects it has. Apart from Britain, he also spread the knowledge about this plant to America. However, America was a different story, because by the end of the 19th century, it has become full of people who got addicted to opium, which caused the attitude towards drugs to change. This was one of the main reasons why Food and Drug Administration was established in the first place, back in 1906. And even though there was no specific mention of marijuana back then, it remained on their list as a Class 1 drug, which means that is can be misused.

 

3a1A lot of people don’t know about this, but back in 1937, there was a thing called the Marijuana Tax Act, and it imposed severe taxes on all the doctors who were prescribing marijuana to their patients. And not only on doctors, but also on the pharmacists who were selling this plant, as well as on the people who were cultivating it. So, after that, people just could not sell medicinal marijuana legally, which made it practically become forgotten by the medical industry.

But, just like the people in the past, we now know that this plant can bring great relief to people who are suffering from various illnesses and conditions, and it would appear that the people who work in legislation have figured that out as well. More and more states have been legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, and now there are 23 states that have legalized it, along with the District of Columbia. But, even though it is legal there, and people can use it to treat themselves, they should also keep in mind that there are some possible side-effects to marijuana usage.

These side effects may include the failure to think properly, due to the fact that the main ingredient of marijuana, THC, binds to cannabinoid receptors of our brain. Apart from thinking, people may experience the failure to remember things, failure the feel pleasure, failure to have a sense of coordination, failure to properly perceive time, etc. Also, some of the side-effects may lead the users to not be able to hold attention, to have proper judgment, and to hold their balance.