As the overwhelming arguments for medical marijuana mount, the political pushback against the responsible dispensing of cannabis and medicinal weed oils persists. But it might surprise those who support the anti-marijuana lobby to learn how long and storied pot’s place in history actually is.
A Few References to Marijuana in Ancient times
History is replete with references to cannabis use in throughout human civilization. Here are just a few mentions:
- In ancient India, Hindus used to drink Bhang, which is a sort of milky drink made from cannabis plants. The worshippers believed that Shiva would drink Bhang to maintain a state of meditative bliss. It was also used to treat nervous disorders.
- Around the 1st century A.D., Pliny the Elder wrote in reference to marijuana, “The root boiled in water eases cramped joints, gout too and similar violent pains. It is applied to raw burns, but is often changed before it gets dry.”
- During the Egyptian campaigns, soldiers identified cannabis as a medicinal plant and brought it back to Europe to study its applications for medicine.
It wasn’t until the last hundred years or so that there’s been mass governmental efforts to control the distribution and use of cannabis in medicine.
Which Cultures Have Used Cannabis Medicinally?
While there’s no comprehensive accounting of the use of marijuana in holistic medicine throughout history, we can find many examples of great cultures and civilizations where cannabis has been used to treat pain, skin conditions, anxiety, and a number of other ailments with reported success. Among the different ancient cultures that documented cannabis use for medical and recreational purposes are:
- Ancient China – As far back as 10,000 years ago
- Sumeria – 5,000 – 4,000 B.C.
- India – 2,000 – 1,400 B.C.
- Scythia – 7th century B.C.
- The Greek Empire – Around the 3rd century B.C.
- The Roman Empire – Approximately the 1st century B.C.
When Did the Medical Marijuana Pushback Occur?
After about a century and a half of being legal in the United States, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was signed into law. While it didn’t outlaw medical marijuana, it made it illegal to sell or dispense cannabis without reporting it to the IRS. This law was replaced by the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, when despite significant evidence to the contrary, marijuana was listed as a Schedule I drug (high potential for abuse with no recognized medical value).
Looking Ahead at the Future of Marijuana in Holistic Medicine
There are currently 29 U.S. states that recognize the value of medical marijuana, as well as the District of Columbia. The Federal Government, however, hasn’t changed the schedule-level of marijuana and even dispensaries in states that have legalized medical cannabis are operating under the constant threat of being shut down.
Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, some doctors aren’t proponents of holistic medicine and the applications of medical marijuana, cannabis oil, or vape for dry flower. Do yourself a favor. If you think medical marijuana could be useful to your healthcare, research the physicians in your area who prescribe it to their patients.
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