Marijuana tea has been prescribed since 2737 BC for cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism and strange as it may seem...for memory loss. It has been prescribed for everything from childbirth, pain relief, earaches, inflamed skin, venereal disease and nausea to name a few. Everything changed at the end of the 19th century when 5% of the population was addicted to the miracle cures of the traveling drug salesman with their morphine laced "People's Healing Liniment for Man or Beast" and "Dr. Fenner's Golden Relief". Enter the government and the start of the FDA in 1906 where morphine and opium were put under a doctors control. In 1914, the Harrison Act which defined drug use as a crime. The states started to collect a tax on the non-medical used drug products which was much higher than the actual cost of the drugs. By 1937, 23 states had outlawed marijuana. Though the Reagan years turned up the volume on getting tough with drugs, there are currently several states that have gone to a lessening of criminal penalties.
Trimming the plants
Enter my son who has his license for growing medical marijuana. Talk about putting this in the forefront to me! It is a long and arduous process and not taken lightly. According to my understanding, only a certain amount of plants can be grown for each client and each plant can be bud producing at only certain times. Each one is labeled for the patient along with the variety of the plant. Doctors prescriptions are a must with thorough follow-up between grower, patient and doctor. Everything is strictly enforced...this stuff is not your normal schwag picked up on the street.
Now at first, with my geeky background, I was apprehensive but after hearing about the patients benefits they have gained, I questioned my thinking "somewhat". Studies on the benefits are still quite young and inconclusive to date. This is quite the hotly debated subject all over the country. Is pot good for you? Is it worse than alcohol which is legal? Should marijuana be legalized? If anything, for medicinal purposes? Now, I'm not saying that I am for or against it, just curious as to the opinions you dear readers may have.