Medical Marijuana Through the Ages: New Info on 8/30/02

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Last May, DRCNet reported on the launching of, an in-depth information site created by the A-Mark Foundation presenting facts and opinions as attributed to a wide range of experts and advocates on both sides of the medical marijuana debate ( now offers a major new section, "A 4,739 Year History of Cannabis (Marijuana) as Medicine." In keeping with MarijuanaInfo's strategy of serving as neutral presenter of referenced expert opinions, the History quotes from a range of scholarly reports, scientific and medical journals, history books, activist writings and press reports, all referenced individually to help readers form their own conclusions.

Beginning pretty near the beginning (2737 BC) and continuing through the present, the "4,739 Year History" lists events of relevance to medical marijuana and categorizes them as "Pro Events for Medical Marijuana," "Neutral" and "Con Events Against Medical Marijuana."

The History is fascinating beyond its medical and political implications, particularly its references from antiquity regarding medical marijuana's uses and standing in places such as ancient China, Egypt, India, the Mediterranean, Greece, Rome and Persia. A perhaps mythological Chinese emperor prescribes it for beri beri; religious mendicants in India use it to overcome hunger and thirst; Mohammed allows cannabis but forbids alcohol.

Most of the History, of course, deals with the 20th century. Federal agencies such as the FDA and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs figure prominently, not surprisingly, but even the short-lived League of Nations comes up too.

Those who have followed this issue in recent years may get a rise reading about events they lived through or read about at the time. Just because you remember it, doesn't mean it isn't history yet!

Visit and click on the "5,000 Year History" link to gain more background knowledge of this important issue at the intersection of medicine and anti-drug policy. And as always, feel free to submit your own info to, especially if you have credentials in a related subject or know of useful reference materials that can be cited.

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