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A Brief History of Medical Cannabis

Published on April 13th, 2018

There are now more than 17,000 registered consumers of medical cannabis in Maryland. As the legalization is relatively recent, it may surprise you to know that cannabis has long been used for medical purposes. Cannabis as a whole is in the plant category with three species and seven sub-species that have been utilized for thousands of years.

Ancient History

Hemp has long been harvested in countries like China for its high-protein seeds, oil and fibers used to make clothes. With time, people discovered the entire plant could be used for medical purposes. In 2737 B.C., Emperor Shen Neng was one of the first rulers to encourage marijuana tea to treat illnesses like malaria and gout. To the Hindu in India, the hemp plant was considered holy.

Medieval History

The Middle East was a hub of cannabis during the Middle Ages, as many people smoked “hashish” for medicinal reasons. In Europe during this time (100-1000s A.D.), cannabis was integrated into folk medicine, as it was used to treat tumors, cough and jaundice.

Modern History

As early as the late 1700s, American medical journals began suggesting the use of hemp seeds and roots to treat things like skin inflammation. Though it has been through its ups and down, medical marijuana is once more stepping into the spotlight as a legitimate way to treat medical conditions such as epileptic conditions, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. Scientists are just scratching the surface of the benefits of medical cannabis. If you are currently suffering from chronic pain and think medical cannabis in Maryland could help, call or visit Herbology today!

Source: Medical Daily

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