Brief History of Medical Marijuana

Even though medical marijuana has only been legalized fairly recently at the state levels, it has a storied history of usage to treat a wide variety of medical issues.

The earliest records of marijuana usage as a medical treatment date back to China as early as 2700 B.C. where it was used in tea form to combat gout and rheumatism. It spread from China across much of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In ancient India, cannabis was used for pain relief. Ancient Greeks used compounds including Marijuana to treat ear aches and obstructions.

In the 19th century, marijuana became a common ingredient in so called Patent Medicines. These tonics and ointments often contained opium and morphine as well, which led to the imposition of strict U.S. federal regulation in the early 20th century.

Non-medical usage of marijuana was made illegal in 1937 when the Federal Government passed the Marijuana Tax Act. Further laws were enacted in the 1950s which made marijuana use or possession completely illegal.

In 1996, California became the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Approved conditions included AIDS and cancer amongst several others.

As of 2017, there are 29 states in which medical marijuana is legal, including Connecticut. Each state has its own regulations governing medical marijuana usage and approved conditions. In Connecticut, patients of at least 18 years of age may qualify if they have one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

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