Marijuana: a Helpful Use

Marijuana: a Helpful Use

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  • Date Submitted: 10/20/2008 5:04 PM
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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


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