Five Little Known Facts About Medical Marijuana
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 07/08/2010 in Medical Marijuana
- The use of medical marijuana can be traced back more than 4,700 years ago. It dates back to 2737 B.C. in China, where medical cannabis was prescribed for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, malaria and poor memory.
- Hemp played a vital role in the development of early America. Betsy Ross made the first flag of the United States of America out of the finest, strongest fiber available: hemp. And Benjamin Franklin used hemp string in his infamous electricity experiment.
- Up until 1937, more than 25 prescription medicines containing marijuana were produced by well-known pharmaceutical firms that are still in business today (such as Squibb, now Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Eli Lilly).
- According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, more than 20,000 studies on marijuana and its components have been published, about 100 of which looked into therapeutic value on human subjects.
- Marijuana doctors are protected by federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court backed an appellate court ruling in 2002 that allows doctors to provide oral or written recommendations for cannabis, and discuss the medicine with their patients.