Marijuana has a long history for being used to treat common ailments, including nausea, pain, anxiety, glaucoma, and more – spanning nearly five millennia. In fact, the earliest known documentation for marijuana use dates back as far as 3727 BC, where it was commonly used in Chinese medicinal practices.
Historically, marijuana has served many purposes to heal the body both physiologically as well as psychologically. In the early years of its medicinal use, raw marijuana was used primarily as an antiseptic and analgesic, as it was very effective in the treatment of burns. Its use as a mind-altering drug was confined almost entirely to India until 500 A.D., at which time it began to circulate throughout the Middle and Near East, before making its way across North Africa (Egypt), Latin America, the Caribbean, and, finally, the U.S.
As a pain-reliever and sedative, marijuana has aided some of the most celebrated armies and military leaders throughout history. For example, Napoleon and his army used marijuana for its pain-relieving and sedative effects.
Post-Napoleon, marijuana use became widely popular amongst some of the greatest French philosophers as an “intoxicant of the intellectual classes.” Dumas, Gautier, and Baudelaire are just a few of the famous philosophers who used marijuana to expand their thinking.
The origins of the name “marijuana” are widely debated, but many believe that it is a derivation of the Portugese word “marigu-ano,” which means “Intoxicant.” Indeed, marijuana has been praised as an intoxicant drug that can have a remarkable impact on the human psyche and mind. According to the U.S. House of Representatives 1937 Hearings on Hemp, Indian Hemp “has remarkable properties in revealing the subconscious; hence, it can be used for psychological, psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic research.” Many of these qualities cannot be replicated by any other medication.
In the last century, marijuana use in the U.S. has been controlled by the government because of its intoxicant and mind-altering effects. However, in recent years, marijuana has become available for medical use in 13 U.S. states. Even so, the smoking of marijuana to relieve side effects of a medical condition or disease has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The positive medical effects of marijuana use are well-documented and include: nausea relief, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, relief of vomiting, reduction of glaucoma, and as a pain reliever. Many researchers also believe that marijuana can help to relieve the side effects and pain of multiple sclerosis and depression.
Much of the legalization of marijuana for medical use has been as a result of citizen efforts and support. If you support the use of recreational or medical marijuana, where your Go Greene tee with pride and let your lawmakers know!