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Marijuana has been used therapeutically for a long time, but do you know exactly how long? As far back as 1800 BC, according to Cannabis Culture,  when the ancient Egyptians used every part of the plant to address pain in the body. Since then, cannabis has been used medicinally by nearly every major culture throughout time. Sharing the plant’s deep history can help clarify some of the confusion that surrounds medicinal marijuana today.

“In 140-208 AD, the early Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo was the first recorded person to use cannabis as an anesthetic. He mixed a cannabis powder with wine for the patient in imbibe previous to surgery. Because of its widespread usefulness, cannabis became one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Every part of the cannabis plant had a use in preparation of topical solutions intended to heal the skin or prevent baldness or greying of hair.”

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 “In modern times, marijuana as a scientifically-backed medicine is growing in popularity. There are whispers that medical marijuana is going to be moved from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 drug, which will allow a wider range of scientific examination. Perhaps this is another step in the right direction that will allow marijuana to be used by all, legally.”Time for a quick history lesson: see how medical marijuana has been used throughout the ages in this video!

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