Is marijuana medicine?
Every month there is news of another region/state/country considering or passing medical marijuana laws. So is marijuana medicine and what illnesses can be treated with it?
Cannabis has a long history of being used therapeutically. In fact, the earliest documented uses (in China, as far back as 2737BC) prescribed a cannabis infusion (tea) to treat gout, arthritis and memory loss. An Egyptian scroll (the 2nd century Fayyum Medical Papyrus) is beieved to describe cannabis use to treat tumours. The Greeks bandaged wounded horses with cannabis leaves – and so on up until the late 19th century when medical marijuana was used to alleviate a wide range of conditions, including muscle spasms, rheumatism, epilepsy and pain throughout Europe and the U.S.A. It was routinely prescribed by doctors in the USA as late as 1937.
Unfortunately in the mid 20th century this healing herb has been caught in a legislative cross-fire due to a mix of business, political and social control reasons: it was demonized and criminalized and pushed to the fringes of society. There has always been a strong group of enthusiasts prepared to defy the norms but now cannabis is making a resurgence as something acceptable as its proscribed by qualified doctors to treat illnesses in preference to “standard” medication.
Cannabis’s positive health effects:
Recent science has discovered that mammals make chemicals similar to those in cannabis to treat pain, reduce inflammation and so on. A treatment that includes these chemicals boosts the body’s natural capacity to heal itself without causing toxic side-effects. Because the 85 cannabinoids (those chemicals specific to the cannabis plant) act in alliance with our own chemistry cannabis has the potential to alleviate a wide range of very different illnesses.
Due to the illegality of the drug though, much of the evidence about how cannabis works and what diseases cannabis treats are anecdotal and most people end up asking the question “Is marijuana medicine” after reading case histories on facebook groups and forums. The Growers Guide to Cannabis is committed to helping people understand why clinical cannabis works and how it can be used for different illnesses.