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As the debates about medical marijuana heat up, many are disputing the validity of the benefits marijuana as a medicine. However, as Leafscience.com shows us, marijuana has been used medically for centuries.

 6 Historical Facts About Medicinal Marijuana

6 Historical Facts About Medical Marijuana

By The Stoner's Cookbook

As the debate over legalizing marijuana heats up, many continue to dispute the value of marijuana as a treatment for various ailments. [Leafscience.com ](http://www.leafscience.com/2014/08/05/6-historical-facts-medical-marijuana/)shows us a much clearer story.

  • China has the earliest record of medical marijuana

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    In 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shennong wrote a book on medicine that [included cannabis](http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1360-0443.1996.911115852.x/abstract) as a treatment for many conditions such as constipation, gout, rheumatism and absent-mindedness.

  • Ancient Egyptians used cannabis to treat tumors

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The 2nd century Fayyum Medical Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text, is believed to contain the earliest record of cannabis as an ingredient in cancer medicine.

  • Cannabis was used as a medicine in ancient Greece

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The ancient Greeks [used cannabis](http://www.cannabis-med.org/data/pdf/2002-02-3.pdf) to dress wounds and sores on their horses after battle. The plant was also given to humans for a variety of ailments, including ear pain and inflammation.

  • It was introduced to Western medicine in mid-1800

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    In the 1830s, Irish physician William Brooke O’Shaughnessy [observed](http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1360-0443.1996.911115852.x/abstract) the use of medical marijuana during a trip to India. He [introduced](http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/bulletin/bulletin_1957-01-01_1_page003.html) cannabis to physicians as a treatment for various conditions.

  • The name ‘indica’ refers to Indian cannabis

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The name '[indica](http://www.leafscience.com/2014/06/19/indica-vs-sativa-understanding-differences/)' was originally thought in 1785. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was also visiting India when he observed a difference between locally-grown cannabis & its European cousin, the hemp plant.

  • Cannabis was listed in the Pharmacopeia until 1941

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The United States Pharmacopeia provides a list of acceptable medical products each year & cannabis was [recognized](http://antiquecannabisbook.com/Appendix/AppendixC.htm) in many of its earliest editions.

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