Many people have enjoyed the benefits of cannabis. The plant has helped people relieve symptoms and combat deadly diseases. Of course, this topic has been accompanied with a huge controversy. In most countries, cannabis isn’t allowed for use. Other countries approve medical use of cannabis.
We often forget that marijuana has been used since forever. According to some data, 1Romanians used it five millennia ago.
In the United States Pharmacopoeia, cannabis was listed as a patent medicine for the first time in 1850. It was a common remedy in the early 20th century.
In 1937, the use of cannabis was restricted for the first time under the Marihuana Tax Act. US authorities did that to prevent its spreading throughout the country.
Five years later, it was removed from the US Pharmacopoeia. In the next 50 years, those who used and possessed cannabis faced serious charges. The Boggs Act of 1951 provided strict criminal penalties. In 1956, the Narcotic Control Act approved strict drug control penalties.
The Controlled Substances Act from 1970 restricted its use in research.
In 1996, California authorities enacted the Compassionate Use Act. It approved the use of botanical cannabis. Of course, this was approved only under supervision of physicians.
Today, people can use cannabis in recreational purposes in 11 states. About 33 states have approved its medicinal use.
Do you know that eight decades ago, scientists confirmed that marijuana is recommended for medical use and everyday health maintenance? A document from Harry Anslinger’s archives called Bavarian Hashish in The Harry Truman Museum and Library, released by the League of Nations in 1934, discusses the power of cannabis.
“Cannabis sativa is used to a limited extent in medicine in the United States as a mild counter-irritant. It is also used for the relief of neuralgic pain; to encourage sleep, and to soothe restlessness. It is often used in corn remedies.
Their commercial products vary in strength and physiological action. The variability in potency is probably why it is not being more widely used.”
In October of that year, District Supervisor B.M. Martin wrote a report to General Charles Gaither from the Commissioner of Police in Baltimore, Maryland, to describe Cannabis indica (Cannabis sativa) as follows:
“The flowering tops of C. Sativa, of which there are two varieties, C. indica and C. americana, the former being more potent; they contain a resin, cannabin and a volatile oil, (from which are obtained cannabene, a light hydrocarbon, and cannabene hydride, a crystalline body). It is anti-spasmodic, narcotic and aphrodisiac.
In large doses, it produces mental exhalation, intoxication, and a sensation of double consciousness. It is used in Migraine, in paralysis agitans, in spasms of the bladder, in sexual impotence, in whooping cough, in asthma, and in other spasmodic affections…”
Of course, BM wrote that continued use of cannabis may be harmful. This doesn’t fit the logic, because the plant’s benefits have already been proven.
In 1949, Dr. Jean P. Davis of the University of Utah medical college confirmed that “drug principles isolated from the leaves of marijuana… play an important role in research on a cure for epilepsy.”
Davis reported that epilepsy drugs are synthetic substances related to cannabinol found in cannabis leaves.
She also explained that “drugs have been found effective about 50% of the time” and that the future for epileptics was “very bright because of not only one new drug, but a whole field of new compounds to combat epileptic seizures.”
In 1966, Dr. Edward G. Taylor at Princeton University reported that “marijuana may become the father of a whole new generation of drugs [that can help cure diseases],” explaining that they will “try to extend marijuana’s desirable features – such as killing pain and lowering body temperature – and at the same time eliminate undesirable features.”
Today, marijuana have shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous conditions:
Cannabis has been used for this purpose since ancient times. Studies have shown that CBD reduces seizures. Of course, in these trials, cannabis was combined with epilepsy drugs. Does it treat the condition on its own? Or maybe it just boosts the effect of drugs.
CBD and THC have been subjected to numerous studies. Researchers have found that cannabinoids have the power to relieve pain.
3. Muscle spasms
Cannabis is an alternative treatment for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Of course researchers need to conduct more clinical trials to determine the real effect of this plant.
Some researchers claim that THC activates CB1 receptors responsible for coughs in individuals dealing with asthma. Some studies suggest that cannabis has bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory effect which helps people with asthma.
In 2018, the FDA released a statement according to which cannabis isn’t approved for use as a dietary supplement. Hempseed oil, hemp protein and hemp hearts are the only products with GRAS status.
Hopefully, authorities will take this evidence into consideration next time they work on an act. Millions of people need alternative therapies that cause no side-effects.