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A Brief Look Into The History Of Medical And Recreational Marijuana

If your physician has recommended medical marijuana then you might want to know the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. You can visit a certified Irvine dispensary and buy good quality medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana is also available in the market and online stores. However, when your physician recommends, you should buy from one of the certified medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana. Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in many states. A lot many pieces of evidence of using marijuana for medicinal use have been found in ancient documents. Egyptians and other ancient civilizations were using cannabis for the treatment of many chronic medical conditions. Keep one thing in mind. Medical marijuana is legal in many states, but recreational marijuana is not legal in some states. 

What Is Medical Marijuana?

When it comes to medical marijuana, it is the whole unprocessed plant. Chemicals found in this plant are known for alleviating symptoms of many medical conditions. There are 100+ chemicals contained in this plant. These chemicals are known as cannabinoids. Every chemical affects the human body differently. Following are the two main chemicals found in medical marijuana:

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC

Do you know what makes you get high? It is because of this psychoactive compound.

Cannabidiol or CBD

This compound produces no psychoactive effects. CBD or Cannabidiol content is higher in medical marijuana. So, you are not going to feel high.

History of Medical Marijuana

Generations have used marijuana in many medical applications. Marijuana from hemp plant is a great source of dietary proteins, fiber and minerals. Here are some facts:

Earliest Records of Medical Marijuana      

Back in 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor and pharmacologist Shennong recorded uses of medical marijuana in the treatment of absent-mindedness, constipation, rheumatism, gout and several other medical conditions. He researched on himself. He tried many herbs and recorded medical value of these herbs.

In Ancient Greek

They used it on horses wounded in battle. They used to dress wounds with cannabis. In addition to this, Greeks used medical marijuana for ear pain, inflammation and other medical conditions treatment.

Introduction to the West                  

Back in 1830, William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor travelled to India. He witnessed people using marijuana in medical applications. He spent some time studying the health benefits of marijuana and introduced this herb to the West. It was used in England for epilepsy, pain, rheumatism and muscle spasms treatment. Soon medical marijuana gained popularity in Europe and North America.

Marijuana in Ancient Egypt

Fayyum Medical Papyrus, a 2nd-century Egyptian text contains records of marijuana being used in cancer treatment.

What Is Recreational Marijuana?   

THC content is high in recreational marijuana. This is what gets you high.

History of Recreational Marijuana

        Pot was used in many medicines in the US during the 1890s.
        In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug Act made it mandatory to label cannabis products.
        Many Mexicans immigrated to the US during the 1920s. This immigration led to the popularity of recreational marijuana.

        The criminalization of marijuana began with the creation of Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930.
        Marijuana was banned in twenty-nine states in 1930.
        Possession and use of marijuana became punishable during the 1950s.
        Many upper-class Americans during the 1960s were using recreational marijuana. Many studies during this decade proved that marijuana had nothing to do with violent behavior.
        Back in the 1970s, pot was removed from the list of seriously harmful drugs. The mandatory 

sentence was also repealed.

        From 2000 to 2011, 12 states voted against the criminalization of medical marijuana.
        Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.

Medical marijuana is still illegal in the following 20 states:

·         Indiana
·         Georgia
·         Alabama
·         Kansas
·         Kentucky
·         Virginia
·         Idaho
·         North Carolina
·         Louisiana
·         Missouri
·         Tennessee
·         Texas
·         Nebraska
·         Mississippi
·         South Dakota
·         South Carolina
·         Utah
·         Iowa
·         Wisconsin
·         Wyoming

When 93% of the adult Americans want legalization of medical marijuana, we can expect positive developments.
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