Discovery of Medical Marijuana

As early as 2737 BC, Emperor Shen Neng of China was prescribing medical marijuana tea as treatment for rheumatism, gout, malaria and even poor memory. The popularity of marijuana as a medicine spread throughout Asia, Middle East and the eastern coast of Africa. Ancient doctors prescribed marijuana for pain relief, earache and childbirth. Nevertheless, doctors also warned against overusing it.
In the late part of the 18th century, American medical journals recommend marijuana seeds and roots for treatment of incontinence and venereal disease and inflamed skin. An Irish doctor named William O’Shaughnessy first popularized the use of medical marijuana in America and England. As the doctor of the British East India company, he discovered the marijuana eased the pain of rheumatism and helpful against nausea and discomfort related in cholera, rabies and tetanus.
It was not until the year 1914 that marijuana use was considered a crime under the Harrison Act. Nevertheless, studies and surveys revealed the healing effects of marijuana in most illnesses. In this regard, 14 US states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This is particularly helpful to patients who suffer from symptoms of various illnesses. The law about marijuana allows using it for pain relief as recommended by a physician and even allowing patients to grow their own hemp for their own medical use.

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