Medical Marijuana and Its History

Marijuana, also known as pot or cannabis, has a long history of human use. It is used as cure for many diseases and also as a symptoms indicator for many different diseases in which scenario it is called medical marijuana. Most ancient cultures grow the plant to use as herbal medicine and not to het high. The marijuana plant originally evolved in central Asia about 12000 and then it spread to outside world. Recently researchers have found that marijuana was used in the prehistoric time of hunters and gatherers, ancient china and Vikings. Archeologists have found evidence marijuana at time of the first millennium in India, China, Africa and many other parts around the globe.

Medicinal use of marijuana dates back to almost 5000 years. In many Civilizations, there was marijuana use as medicine. The Ancient Egyptians used marijuana to treat glaucoma and general inflammation. In 2900 BC, Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi called marijuana a popular medicine and by 100 AD Chinese had identified more than 100 medicinal use of marijuana.

In 1000 BC, The Indians used marijuana as:

  • Anesthetic
  • Anti-phlegmatic
  • A cure for leprosy and dysentery
  • To cure fever
  • To encourage sleep
  • To improve judgment and cognition

The Vedas, Indian collection of ancient scriptures, referred marijuana as an herb to release people from anxiety.

The Ancient Greeks used marijuana for inflammation, earaches, and swelling. In the histories, Greek Historian Herodotus described marijuana to be used for spiritual, emotional, and recreational purposes.

In 70 AD, Roman medical texts listed marijuana as a cure for earaches and as a way to suppress sexual desires. The Romans also used its roots as a treatment for gout, arthritis, and general pains. Arabians used marijuana from 800 AD to 900 AD for migraines, pain, and syphilis.

The English also documented many medicinal use of marijuana for ailments such as:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Joint pains
  • Gout
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Childbirth to promote uterine contractions
  • Convulsions
  • Muscles spasm

Now a day, marijuana is used to cure many diseases. Thanks to the old documents which have been surely a lot of help in understanding uses of marijuana and researches have helped in legalizing the marijuana.