Rastaman Restoration: All About Medicinal Marijuana
In 2004, the United Nations reported that about 4 percent of the world’s adult population regularly use marijuana. Recent estimates from 2012 purport that up to 203 million consume marijuana annually. Cannabis is thus considered the most frequently consumed regulated (or prohibited) drug worldwide.
Cannabis has been used as a medicinal drug since ancient times, with the earliest records pointing to the Chinese as the first civilization to recognize the plant’s benefits. Today, cannabis enjoys limited legal use in several countries, with restrictions typically revolving around the amount that an individual could sell or possess at any given time. These restrictions are designed to prevent those who would use the drug solely for recreational purposes.
Only those afflicted with particular ailments (namely neurogenic pain, asthma, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, movement disorders, and so on) can purchase medicinal marijuana, and even then patients must possess a medical marijuana ID card. Typically, the county health department issues these cards, and only after the patient has fulfilled the necessary requirements. It should be noted that patients can only purchase cannabis from special dispensaries authorized by the state’s laws. Seen in this light, one can say that cannabis now has a valid medical application in modern times.