GUEST OP ED: Cannabis as medicine: Square Pegs & Round Holes

By Erik R. Janus, CompassionWV

Cannabis has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years and there is evidence from ancient civilizations in China, India and Egypt that this was case 1,000 to 3,000 years before Jesus Christ walked the Earth. By the late 1800s, cannabis tinctures became a common ingredient in the doctor’s kit bag.

The first clinical conference to discuss this was held in 1860 by the Ohio State Medical Society and, in 1886, a landmark neurology textbook by Gowers described use of “Indian hemp” tincture (aka…

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