I. Introduction and Thesis Statement:
Cannabis as a Medicine “Marijuana” is a Mexican term for Cannabis. According to the World Health Organization, “It is widely cultivated, trafficked, and abused as an illicit drug” in most parts of the world. It is because it has not yet been pushed as “medical marijuana”. Like any drug, without the right dosage, formula, or prescription, it can be detrimental to any patient. However, I use the term “patient” and not user, not as a euphemism but for its suitability. Marijuana has a lot of potential to treat a number of symptoms if not treatment of childhood epilepsy, cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and others. Without elucidation, consideration for FDA-approval, proper regulation, we take for granted its rapid on-set benefits. Cannabis should be studied, considered, and highly regulated for its high potential for medicinal use.
II. Historical Background of Cannabis:
According to Guy, Whittle, and Robson’s The Medicinal Uses of Cannabis and Cannabinoids ,“It has been claimed that cannabis was used by the Bylony Culture in Central Europe 7,000 years ago (Kabelik et al., 1960), but the earliest well-documented evidence of cannabis use is from China, where carbon-14 dating has confirmed it from 4,000 BCE (Li, 1974).” Medicinal marijuana use dates back 10,000 years ago in Taiwan. In antiquity, humans used hemp seed, a variety of cannabis, as food taking in consideration its medicinal benefits. In fact, it is listed as one of the “50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It also mentioned that it has the ability to allay senility. In ancient Egypt, they used hemp in suppositories for relieving pain of hemorrhoids. While in ancient India, it is used for treating insomnia, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and pain including childbirth. Ancient Greece used it to treat nose bleeds and their seeds were used to expel tapeworms.
Today, hemp is commonly used for the high growing varieties of Cannabis plant and its products. One of which is hemp milk prepared as tea. Also, hemp’s fresh leaves can be included in salads. Some produce hemp milk ice cream, cereals, hemp tofu, and nut butters. Japan has hemp seed seasoning while the Swiss have hemp beer which uses hemp’s blossoms. Hempseed contains 21 known amino acids. It...