Marijuana has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years now. There are only a handful of countries in the world where you can purchase medical marijuana. There are 13 states in the U.S that allow people to buy medical marijuana. Of course, if you are planning on purchasing medical marijuana you will need to have a prescription from a certified doctor. In other words, not everyone can buy marijuana legally whenever they want. If you want to learn more about the history of medical marijuana continue reading this post.
The plant can be found naturally in parts of central and south eastern Asia. The drug was generally consumed by shamans and other witch doctors in ancient times in order to induce a state of trance or to perform certain rituals. In general, the plant was smoked for religious ceremonies and not for recreational purposes. The plant was not used for medical purposes until sometime in 1894 when John Gregory Bourke used the plant to treat asthma in various patients. The drug was used to treat many different medical ailments such as malaria and stress relief. The drug was also used to reduce pain in patients suffering from painful injuries.
Cannabis was generally legal in most countries until the 1900s. A ban was placed on the selling of marijuana in the United States in 1906. If anyone was caught selling the drug they would be punished by the law. So it was no longer legal to treat patients with marijuana. In 1937 23 states in the U.S outlawed the use of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. However, the drug was still being sold on the black market and the black market industry for marijuana was thriving. The laws for cannabis lightened significantly in 1970. The punishment for selling and consuming the drug was not as harsh as it used to be. Additionally, more research was being done on the medical benefits of the drug as well.
In 1996 the first state in the United States to legalize marijuana was California. Since then there have been 13 other states in total that sell medical marijuana legally. There are also many different countries that sell medical marijuana as well. Marijuana has been known to help people who suffer from the following ailments: insomnia, AIDS (increase appetite), glaucoma, and asthma. The drug has also been known to help relax people who suffer from anger management issues and depression.