The rationale in support of medical marijuana is fairly well established. Medical uses of marijuana have a long tradition throughout human history. Marijuana has its first identified use approximately 10 thousand years ago in hemp production which was used for cord and rope making purposes.
Subsequently, China was one of the first established nations to use marijuana for ingestion in which approximately 6000 BC there is evidence that cannabis seeds and cannabis oil as well as hemp were in regular use throughout the country.
Thereafter, it is no surprise that the first recorded mention of marijuana used as a medicine occurred in China as well by the Emperor Shen Neng about 2737 BC. It is recorded that the Emperor encouraged marijuana tea to be used for diseases such as gout, malaria and even faltering memory.
Marijuana was rapidly adopted in other regions across the globe such as India which integrated it into its religious rites and its own medical traditions over the years. This traditional and medical use of marijuana was established in the United States (US) all the way up to the early 1900s as an accepted application of the plant.
However, during the mid-20th century marijuana in the US became demonized due to its negative portrayal in several films and a public relations effort by major pharmaceutical companies to make it be seen as a simple narcotic. These companies viewed it as a threat to their own products.
At any rate, over the past couple of decades, the use of marijuana as an acceptable medical treatment for various diseases and conditions has experienced a resurgence. Presently, the medical use of marijuana is garnering widespread support because of its many applications as well as for its low cost, comparatively speaking, to other pharmaceutical products.
Additionally, the variety of ways in which marijuana can be used has increased including the traditional smoking, oil or droplet based forms, spray based THCs and edible versions as well. These different delivery platforms ensure that most individuals who might be considering it can find a form of the drug that works well for them.
Obviously the single most recognized reason that marijuana is so popular is due to its psychoactive qualities. The active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinal or THC, interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the individual resulting in a “high.” Oddly enough, it is this same psychoactive element, THC, that provides marijuana with its many unique medical uses.
While the unique psychoactive properties of THC result in the high associated with marijuana, this is primarily the only tangible side-effect associated with marijuana as a medicine in its various forms. Furthermore, there are forms of medical marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) for instance, that lack the associated psychoactive properties for those patients who may find this aspect of marijuana displeasing or not desirable.
Thus, this alternative further enhances the rationale to use medical marijuana where appropriate.