Modern history as we know it has demonized the use of cannabis until recently where widespread medical research has shown it can be used for many diseases and illnesses. However, this is not necessarily new news in the history books.
The medicinal use of marijuana has been referenced as far back as 2900 B.C. with Chinese emperor Fu Hsi and had been used to treat similar diseases we treat today (Glaucoma, Inflammation, etc.) in Ancient Egypt circa 1213 BC. Its traces go back to many ancient civilizations as a medicinal plant to help everything from a common ear ache to Leprosy.
Our Ancestors knew the healing qualities of marijuana and to this day they are still relevant to cure many diseases (see our first post for current list we treat). Marijuana is most commonly used to treat pain, but as the past shows, it can treat many other harmful diseases that can cause hunger suppression, etc. So, why do some see this as a harmful drug rather than a beneficial, natural medication?
In 1619, King James ordered colonists to begin growing the plant for the fiber and the first medical uses came available to American pharmacies in the mid 1800s. marijuana, however, it wasn’t until the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956 where there was strict sentencing for the possession and or distribution of Marijuana. This was further enforced with the creation of the DEA in 1973 under Nixon’s presidency.
It wasn’t until 2001 where California voters passed ‘Proposition 215’ to introduce the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. This was ruled against California in the United States Supreme court saying that it “Has no current accepted medical use.” Later in the 2005 Gonzales v. Raich case, the Supreme Court ruled that state operated marijuana businesses operating lawfully in that state are still in violation of federal law and can be prosecuted under the Controlled Substances Act.
This is where we were until 2013 when Federal Reform efforts began in the Rocky Mountain state and have been ongoing ever since to decriminalize marijuana federally and move it to a substance similar to alcohol. Congress has yet to approve this and there have been many other propositions like it since but are gravitating towards legalization slowly.