In this report I will show you my views on Marijuana, if it should be
legal, for medical and/or recreational purposes.
Marijuana has many names: Dope, Marihuana, Ganja, Pot Mary Jane,
Cannabis Sativa (Scientific) to name a few.
Marijuana originated in the middle east (Taiwan, Korea).
an important part in Marijuana's history.
Hoatho, the first chinese
physician to use Cannabis for medical purposes as a painkiller and
anesthetic for surgery.
In the Ninth Century B.C., it was used as an
incense by the Assyrians Herbal, a Chinese book of medicine from the second
Century B.C., was first to describe it in print.
It was used as an
anesthetic 5,000 years ago in ancient china.
Many (*) ancient cultures
such as the persians, Greeks, East Indians, Romans, and the Assyrians for
These were what they used it for: the control of muscle
spasms, reduction of pain, and for indegestion. Imagine that if they still
practiced this, instead of taking an Alka Seltzer after you had mom's Chili
or Tacos, you might be sitting in the living room on the LAY-Z Boy, smoking
a joint or however they would take it. The folk medicine of Africa and Asia
have used it as an herbal preparation.
A "mythical" and "legendary"
pharmacist and emperor Shen Nung thought using it as a seditive was all
right. In 2,700 B.C. that same "mythical" emperor said it helped female
weakness, gout, rheumatism, malaria, beri-beri (?), contipation, and
In 1979 (A.D.) Carlton E. Turner visited China and found marijuana was
not in use in formal medical places.
J. D. P. Graham of the Welsh National
School of Medicine wrote, "One not need take to seriously the anecdotal use
of it's use for many purposes in China or by the Hindus in the
pre-Christian Millennia .
..and by the Arabs!" In 1890 in England's "Lancet"
said cannabis extract was good for neuralgia, fits, migraine and
psychosomatic disorders but not for rheumatic conditions.
It is not easy
to tell the dosage because of the variations in potency and the
irregularity in absorbtion.
The time delay before the onset of the
possible effects of marijuana lowered it's popularity as a medicine as did
the introduction of a variety of new and better medicines like aspirin,
morpheine (habit forming), chloral, barbituates tranquilizers, and when it
got on the list of drugs thought by the world community to require legal
Our first President, George Washington, grew cannabis on his
The cannabis he grew was more fibrous and is better known as
Hemp was used to make rope, twine, paper and canvas (the word
"canvas" comes from Cannabis) and was an important crop in the american
In Jamestown, Virginia it was grown for it's fiber qualities in