Medical Marijuana History

Cannabis brings relief to a wide variety of body symptoms and ills
For over 3500 years, various strains odf the green herb,  *Cannabis sativa, * or true hemp, have been among the most widely used of medicinal plants. This includes civilizations of China, India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Cannabis was used in the USA from 1850 to 1937 to treat more than 100 distinct diseases or conditions.

The  *Journal of the American Medical Association * ran a 19995 commentary supporting the medical use of the marijuana and calling for further research. Soon thereafter, the National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine reported to the office of National Drug Control Policy that “The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting and appetite stimulation.

( *Marijuana and Medicine.*  National Academy Pass, 1999. p. 3)
Today scientists hold annual medical conferences to discuss recent research and study naturally occurring human endocannabinoids Tens of thousands of patients in ten states use cannabis with state-level legal protections for approved medicinal use.

Modern medical uses of cannabis include conjunctive treatments for physical and mental illness (see list in box). Symptoms of numerous ills can be controlled, bringing effective relief and significantly improving the quality of life and functionality. It is also a stress redactor, an expectorant and a topical antibiotic. It can be a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceuticals such as Demurral, Valium and morphine.

Herbal cannabis and its derivatives are eaten, smoked or used as tinctures, topical salves and herbal packs, depending on the condition being treated.. Furthermore, Hemp seeds are nutritious and work as general laxatives. In general cannabis is used to treat symptoms rather than cure diseases.

Since many health problems cause similar symptoms, however, this means that people with a wide variety of diseases, injuries congenital maladies all benefit at a basic level: Relief from physical  or mental suffering. The intensity and duration of the symptom often dictates the pattern of use.

Of course, no drug works equally well for all people in all circumstances. For some people cannabis is like miracle drug, whole for others it may offer no benefit. Effectiveness is linked to dosage. Some patients find that small amount suffice, while others need heavy, ongoing dosages to function.

Cannabis bud has a combination of special compounds called cannabinoids that affect various body simultaneously at allopathic and homeopathic doses. Not all strains work equally well in treating specific problems. For example, a variety that reduces nausea and stimulates appetite may not be as effective at controlling aches, pain or insomnia. Only certain strains of cannabis plants produce THC at sufficient level top be use as medical marijuana.

Hempseed has no drug effect. It is a nut-like fruit that contains eight proteins in excellent nutritional balance plus essential fatty acids that bolster the immune system and may even reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. There are many ways to prepare hempseed, especially now that it is available in dehulled form. Its oil is used in many foods, sakves, lotion, hygiene.

Health and body care and other products that are already on the commercial market.

1. Cannabinoids stimulate special receptor sites on the  *brain*  that affect body systems, triggering a chain of temporary psychological and physiological effects, initially it has a stimulant effect, followed day relaxation and overall reduction in stress. Analgesic effect. Blocks migraine or seizures. Helps mitigate ir control symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)< spiral injury, epilepsy. Enhances sense of humor and of well-being. Cannabis has synergistic effects with opiates and other drugs. Not all cannabis has the same potency or effect. May cause drowsiness, distraction, paranoid or anxiety.

2. Cannabis reddens and dehydrates the  *eyes, * lowers intro-ocular pressure.

3. Still ringing in  *ears*  (tinnitus).

4. Dehydrates the  *mouth* , stimulates appetite, enhances flavors and taste.

5. Smoked or vaporized cannabis has anti-phlegmatic and expectorant effects to clear the effects to clear the  *throat*  and  *lungs.*  its bronchodilator effect improves oxygen intake for asthma. Smoke can irritate the mouth, throat and respiratory system, but vaporization, oral ingestion and other precautions can mitigate this.

6. Accelerates  *heart*  beat and pulse. Dilates bronchia, alveloi and blood vessels. When cannabinoids are inhaled, the lungs and cardiovascular system add them to the bloodstream flowing directly to the brain. This is an extremely fast and effective delivery system.

7. Stimulates