Marijuana: A Helpful Use
The Hemp plant has been used for food, fibers and medicine for at least five thousand
years. The first mention of marijuana was in Chinese medical text in 2737 B.C. From
then it has spread from all of Asia to parts of the middle east. Arabic’s used it for rituals
for the god Shiva. In Germany it has been used for clothing and used to make hemp
beer and wine. Hemp hit the Western world during the 19th century. It was used to treat
even Queen Victoria’s cramps and soon was available in local stores. It took a downfall
as medicine after Aspirin was invented. It has been legal in most American states until
1937 when it was completely outlawed.
In time, marijuana has been tested and proven to treat some illnesses such as
Alzheimer’s Disease, Anorexia, AIDS, Arthritis, Cechexia, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease,
Epilepsy, HIV, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea, Pain, Spasticity, and Wasting
Syndrome. If marijuana has been proven to be that useful for medical reasons why
hasn’t it been legalized for just that? Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the
optic nerve of the eye and can lead sight loss or complete blindness. People suffering
from Glaucoma have serious pressure behind their eyes, can be in pain from the
disease and start to develop “tunnel” vision from the loss of their peripheral vision.
Marijuana has been proven to reduce the pressure behind the eyes and relieve pain.
"The ability of cannabis and THC to lower intra-ocular pressure in glaucoma was
serendipitously discovered in the late 1970's by a variety of patients and researchers.
Several patients in the US Compassionate Use Investigational New Drug Program
maintained their vision while employing large amounts of daily cannabis in situations
where standard drug therapy failed.”(GW Pharmaceuticals).
Another huge problem is Cancer, which affects many and is the third in the U.S