Marijuana as Effective Medicine

The medicinal and therapeutic benefit of marijuana is derived from the resin, buds and leaves of the plant. Medicinal marijuana is also known for the stalk pulp, very nutritious seed oil and fiber value. The history of marijuana as medicine goes back in the year 1973 and the earliest recorded medicinal use was in China in 2737 BC.
The hemp was used and listed in the US Pharmacopeia in 1941 as tincture of cannabis. William B. O’Shaughnessy, a medical doctor conducted a study and made a conclusion that marijuana is effective and safe in curing different illnesses. The first comprehensive study was done in 1860 performed by the Ohio State Medical Society and had the same conclusions. In 1980, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences made a review and analysis of the health-related effects of cannabis. The results acknowledged the healing effects of marijuana. For instance, it could control nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, minimizes intraocular pressure for people with glaucoma and is known for its ability for muscle relaxation.
A lot of studies were done to establish its toxic level and concluded that it would take 20,000 to 40,000 times the normal dose to induce death. In simple terms, one has to ingest or inhale at least 1,500 pounds of marijuana in fifteen minutes to cause death. Moreover, it has minor if any withdrawal symptoms since tolerance to it develops very slow if any. Generally, marijuana effects are more subtle than other abused substances.

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