Hemp has long been part of the agricultural, medicinal, and social fabric of human history with evidence of cannabis use dating as far back as 500 BC. American colonists were mandated to grow hemp on their land to be cultivated for its fibers, and marijuana was first used as modern medicine in the 1800’s — although if people from the past used today’s cannabis, they would be shocked by its strength. Let’s take a brief glance at a bit of cannabis history you might not know.
Central Asia Is Thought to Be the Birthplace of Cannabis
The cannabis or hemp plant originally evolved in Central Asia. Hemp fibers were used to make clothing, paper, sails and rope, and its seeds were used as food. Burned cannabis seeds have been found in the graves of shamans in China and Siberia from as early as 500 BC, pointing to the use of the plant in religious ceremonies.
Early Colonial Farmers Were Expected to Grow Hemp
In the early 1600s, the Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut colonies required farmers to grow hemp. Because it’s a fast-growing crop that’s easy to cultivate and has many uses, hemp was widely grown throughout colonial America, and its fibers used to make everything from clothes to cord. Today hemp is processed into environmentally friendly plastics that have proven stronger than the alternatives made from polypropylene.
There Has Been 825% Increase in The Amount of THC Found in Cannabis Flower Since The 90’s
The early hemp plants grown by our ancestors had very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects. In the mid-1990s, the average THC content of confiscated flower was roughly 4 percent. By 2014 it was about 12 percent, and now some strains are documented as containing THC levels as high as 37 percent — that means today’s marijuana is over 800 times more potent than what was available 40 years ago. How, you ask? Check out this in-depth article from our friends at High Times.
Cannabis Has Been Effectively Treating Nausea Since 1830
Discovered to treat nausea in the 1830s by Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor studying in India, he found that extracts from the cannabis plant could help ease stomach pain and vomiting in people suffering from cholera, a common disease of the day. By the late 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in pharmacies and doctors’ offices across Europe and the United States to treat stomach problems and other ailments.
As recently as the 1940’s hemp medicines were still available at your local pharmacy
In the 1940’s more than 20 prescription medicines containing cannabis were sold in U.S. pharmacies. Pot-based medications were commonly available until 1942 when cannabis was stricken from the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the official compendium of drugs considered useful medicine.
Because Cannabis is an incredibly effective treatment for nausea, in 1985 the FDA approved Marinol, a drug that contains THC in pill form prescribed to treat nausea in cancer patients and loss of appetite in AIDs patients. If you are experiencing nausea as part of a medical condition, natural cannabis could be a treatment option for you. Tap here to learn more.
Could Medical Marijuana Be Right for You?
The only way to know if medical marijuana is a viable treatment option for your condition is to speak to a qualified physician near you. There are many conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in your state. If you’re ready to take the next step in finding alternative treatments for your health concerns, getting an appointment with an MMJ doctor is easy. Getting a med card can usually be done from the privacy of your own home — Tap here to learn how.
You Can Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Online or In Person
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Duber Medical’s team is made up of compassionate physicians who are dedicated to patient-centric care. Our team of doctors have years of clinical experience and advanced training in a range of medical specialties. They work closely with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan so you can learn the safe use of medical marijuana.
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