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MedCan101: A short history of medicinal cannabis

by | Dec 29, 2022

We are starting a series of short blogs on different topics; through these blogs we want to give you a short look into different areas. While we also have more comprehensive information this will help introduce you to the world of medical cannabis, its uses, history, potential benefits, and limitations.


As we start a new year, we reflect on how far we have come. Part of this is looking back to where and when the medicinal benefits of cannabis were first used and how it has developed over the years.

The use of cannabis as a medicinal plant has a long history dating back thousands of years. Cannabis has been used in various traditional medicine systems around the world, including in ancient China, India, and Egypt. In these traditional medicine systems, cannabis was used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, inflammation, and insomnia.

Cannabis was also used medicinally in Western medicine in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cannabis-based products were widely available in pharmacies and were used to treat a range of conditions, including muscle spasms, epilepsy, and anxiety.

However, the use of cannabis as a medicine declined in the mid-20th century due to the increasing recreational use of cannabis and the passage of laws that made it illegal in many countries.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of cannabis as a medicine. This has been driven in part by increasing evidence of the potential health benefits of cannabis-derived compounds, such as CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

A growing number of countries have legalised the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and it is now used to treat a range of conditions, including chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.

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