Were you aware that physicians all over Georgia prescribe medical marijuana to patients? Of course, since marijuana is still considered a dangerous substance by our government it’s not really a prescription so much as it is a recommendation, but the fact remains that patients all over Georgia hear the same thing from their physicians over and over again: medical marijuana might help you.
Marijuana as Medicine
Most people are surprised to learn that cannabis has been used as medicine by people all over the world, in various cultures, for thousands upon thousands of years. In fact, up until the late 1930’s, many companies openly marketed syrups, tinctures and other cannabis-based medicines for a multitude of medical conditions, including seizures, sleep disorders, autoimmune disorders, migraines and even opium withdrawals. To say that cannabis is a new medicine is an outright lie and willful misrepresentation of the facts.
A brief history of cannabis as medicine
- 2900 B.C.- The first mention of cannabis as a popular medicine is found in ancient Chinese texts authored by Emperor Fu Hsi, who was credited with bringing civilization to China.
- 1450 B.C.- The Book of Exodus references Holy anointing oil , created by infusing over 6 pounds of cannabis and other fragrant herbs into olive oil.
- 600 B.C.- Indian medical literature credits cannabis for curing Leprosy.
- 1611- Jamestown settlers bring marijuana to North America.
- 1745- George Washington grows marijuana, with several of his diary entries stating he grew the plant for its high THC content for medicinal purposes.
- 1840’s- Marijuana becomes mainstream medicine in the West.
- 1850- Marijuana added to the official U.S. Pharmacopeia.
- 1930’s- American pharmaceutical companies begin selling cannabis extracts as medicine.
Reefer Madness and the War on Marihuana
In the 1930’s a coordinated, all-out war on cannabis was waged by the U.S. government which effectively deleted any mention or notion of cannabis as medicine from our medical texts and began a decades-long war on the American public. The “marihuana hysteria” of the 30’s was based not only on faulty science, but it was delivered with some of the most racist and salacious undertones imaginable, warning people that “marijuana would make people’s white daughters want to sleep with colored men”.
It’s time to stand up for marijuana in Georgia
We get testimonials from patients on a weekly basis telling us that their physician has recommended trying marijuana for their disease or disorder. From family doctors to oncologists to neurologists, the science on cannabis is clear to so many in the medical community, which is why we need YOUR voice. We want to hear from doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in Georgia who recognize the efficacy of cannabis as medicine. We want to provide a way for you to anonymously make your voice heard through us, so that we can tell others about the successes your patients are having with medical marijuana.
Marijuana legalization is at a precipice and the time is now for our lawmakers to hear the truth. If you are a doctor or other medical professional interested in helping Georgians gain safe, legal access to medical marijuana then please contact us.