Many are under the misconception that cannabis being used for medical purposes is a new idea, yet they could not be further from the truth. The plant has a history of being utilized for medicinal purposes. It has treated many symptoms from stomach problems to ear issues.
The use of medical marijuana dates back to 2737 B.C. when it was used in Asia for its healing components. The plant has been used to help deal with pain and other symptoms. The Emperor of China, Shen Neng, prescribed his people marijuana-infused tea. The tea helped cure malaria, gout, and rheumatism. Soon the news of the benefits of cannabis would spread and reach Africa and the middle east, with many there beginning to prescribe it to deal with pain.
The Ebers Papyrus from 1550 B.C. discovered that cannabis had healing properties and the Egyptian book would detail the plant being used to treat inflammation. Then in 200 A.D. Hua Tuo, a surgeon from China, would be the first to utilize the plant in surgery as an anesthetic. Physicians in China would use the leaves, root, and oil as a way to treat tapeworms, constipation, and even blood clots.
The United States would begin to use hemp seeds to deal with incontinence and inflamed skin in the 18th century. The rise of its popularity in the States arose from an Irish physician who worked for the British East India Company.
That physician was Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy who learned that the plant could help patients suffering from cholera by reducing stomach pain and vomiting. Researchers would later determine that the medical properties are derived from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The component interacts with different areas of the brain to reduce nausea and increase hunger.
O’Shaughnessy’s research would further develop to the point where cannabis would be used to help patients dealing with tetanus and rabies. In the late 1800s, the plant was being sold through the United States and Europe in doctor’s offices and pharmacies.
This is just a brief history of how the plant has been used in the world. Now, the Food and Drug Administration approved cannabis to be used to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and the appetite loss AIDs patients face. MMJ International Holdings has filed with the FDA to prove efficacy of certain plant genetics for multiple chronic diseases.The plant has come a long way since it was first introduced and this is only the beginning. As MMJ International Holdings researchers continue to find how it can be utilized to help treat symptoms and illnesses, we will see medical marijuana’s continuous positive impact on the country.