From prehistoric hunters to ancient Chinese rulers to rambunctious Vikings, cannabis has been used across the globe for thousands of years. So, how can one of humanity’s oldest and most celebrated cultivated crops be grouped in the Schedule 1 (think heroin, ecstasy, LSD) class of drugs in our country? Let’s take a deep look into the history of cannabis, it’s benefits and how we can help change the future of this healing herb.
The History of Cannabis
It’s believed that cannabis originated in the fertile and lush fields of Asia- where modern day Mongolia is located. It was used to relieve pain in surgery, childbirth and calm anxiety.
From China it spread to India, where it gained popularity and was named one of the 5 kingdoms of herbs. From India, it spread to Europe, then Africa, then made it’s way across the Atlantic to South America, and ultimately made it’s debut in the United States via Mexico around the turn of the 20th century where it stayed relatively quiet for a few years as America was waging its war against alcohol at the time.
So, what happened? How did this helpful herb fall from grace?
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics...commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Yep, our government officials, namely Harry Anslinger- the first commissioner of the FBN. Remember, above when we mentioned that cannabis came to the U.S. via Mexico? Well, it turns out that Anslinger did not like the “type” of people that were associated with cannabis. In a remarkable re-branding campaign, cannabis- a once beloved, healing herb that has been around for centuries- turned into “marijuana”- a poisonous, crime-inducing drug.
Ironically, prior to the end of alcohol prohibition, Anslinger had claimed that cannabis was not a problem, did not harm people, and “there is no more absurd fallacy” than the idea it makes people violent. (Wikipedia). Guess he needed something else to focus his time and energy on after Prohibition ended.
So, unfortunately, since the 1930’s cannabis has been fighting a pretty steep uphill battle against this stigma.
What people don’t know about are the benefits of this herb to help not only terminal diseases, but diseases and ailments that millions of people fight every day.
The Endless Benefits of Cannabis
Have you Googled “benefits of cannabis” lately? Try it. There are thousands of articles online about the benefits of cannabis. It can help so many diseases, ailments and disorders, such as:
Spasms associated with MS
Nausea from chemotherapy
Cancer- many types
Opioid use reduction
The list could go on and on
Studies have proven that cannabis can be beneficial in a wide range of circumstances among a wide range of people- from children to the elderly. Research is also emerging that after being given access to cannabis, chronic pain patients reliably cut their opioid doses by almost half. And they do this on their own, without guidance from their doctors. So, not only does it have amazing healing benefits, it can also help reduce the widespread use of opioids in our country.
According to Barney Warf, a professor of geography at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, cannabis has mainly been used for medicine and spiritual purposes for most of history. In his quote to Live Science, he states, "The idea that this is an evil drug is a very recent construction," and the fact that it is illegal is a "historical anomaly”.
How Can We Change the Stigma?
So, how can we change the stigma?
With scientific research.
We can prove that cannabis is not “marijuana” and it’s not what it’s been branded- it is a healing, calming and pain relieving herb.
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