There is evidence of cannabis use that dates all the way back to the Neolithic times or New Stone Age. Inhalation of cannabis was used in ritual ceremonies and in medical treatments. India and China are the most famous ancient countries to utilize cannabis.
Cannabis came with the very first settlers to Jamestown in the 1600’s. The colonist favored hemp, a form of cannabis similar to flax with literally no psychoactive ingredients, for its unusually strong fibers, that could be used to make strong ropes, clothing, and sails. Cannabis also grows fast, and leaves the soil virtually undamaged. During the 19th century, marijuana plantations flourished in Mississippi, Georgia, California, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, and Kentucky.
Growing cannabis was considered patriotic. Hemp was so important to the colonist, that in some colonies it was illegal for a farmer not to grow cannabis. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson even grew cannabis on their farms. The first American flags were made of hemp, and the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written on hemp. You could say cannabis helped in the forming of this great country.
Although hemp grows wild all over the United Sates and presents no public health or safety threat, hemp is nevertheless routinely destroyed by law enforcement. Each year, approximately 98% of all the marijuana eliminated by the DEA’s tax supported “Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program” is actually hemp. Canada, Japan, Europe and 30 other countries, on the other hand, have seen the light and use hemp for its obvious industrial utilizations. After all, the trusted magazine Popular Mechanics didn’t write that hemp has the potential to be manufactured into more than 25,000 environmentally friendly products for no reason!
Between 1850 and 1937 cannabis sativa was found in pharmacies and general stores across the United States to be used for its psychoactive ingredient—THC.
Ailments such as headaches, nausea, and chronic pain were prescribed and treated effectively with cannabis by doctors. By the beginning of the 20th century, physicians had published more than 100 papers in the Western medical literature recommending its use for a variety of disorders.
Today, we have more information than ever, and have found that cannabis is a very effective tool in the therapy and pain management of many physical ailments., including nausea, spasticity (spasticity is a dreadful disorder in the body motor and central nervous systems, which causes involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions cause stiffness or tightness of the muscles and may interfere with movement and speech.), glaucoma, arthritis, MS, and chronic pain. Cannabis is also a proficient appetite inducer for people who are so ill, simply eating has become difficult. This is the reason why cannabis is the therapeutic instrument favored by many AIDS and cancer patients.
Cannabis was taken off the shelves of pharmacies in 1937, against the wishes of the American Medical Association, or AMA. This was because of the Marihuana Tax Act, an important law making any possession, trade, use, or cultivation of cannabis extremely difficult to act on legally. This also put a halt on the hemp industry.
When cannabis is ingested appropriately, there are no harmful effects on the lungs, such as vaporizing (lightly heating the cannabis without combustion, and breathing in the vapors; no smoking takes place), or cooking with the cannabis, and eating it. Making “special” pot brownies is the most famous way to cook cannabis.
Today, the government continues its stand that cannabis is dangerous. An excerpt from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website says, “Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.” Other schedule I substances are heroin, PCP, and Ecstasy.
Another quote from the DEA reads, “The campaign to legitimize what is called “medical” marijuana is based on two propositions: that science views marijuana as medicine, and that DEA targets sick and dying people using the drug. Neither proposition is true. Smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science – it is not medicine and it is not safe. DEA targets criminals engaged in cultivation and trafficking, not the sick and dying. .”
Today there are 14 states with legal and legitimate medical marijuana programs. California is the most famous in which Las Angeles has more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks coffee shops. The AMA states, “Our AMA calls for further adequate and well-controlled studies of marijuana and related cannabinoids in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy and the application of such results to the understanding and treatment of disease.”
There has never, ever been a documented medical case of overdose of cannabis. On the other hand, tobacco kills roughly 400,000 people a year, and around 50,000 people die a year from just alcohol poisoning. On the other hand, there is no such thing as marijuana poisoning.
Over 12 million Americans use cannabis regularly even while prohibition is in effect.