The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years in many cultures.
Our ancestors cultivated and incorporated hemp in their lives but we have really only begun to learn of their ancient ways. Archaeological sites near the Oki Islands in Japan showed evidence of hemp cultivation almost 12,000 years ago...making hemp one of the oldest crops in the age of human agriculture. Based on available evidence, hemp even predates writing and the invention of the wheel.
The Chinese Emperor Shen Hung was the first to record medicinal use of hemp in 2737BC and how it was used to treat his rheumatism and gout.
In 2000BC the Egyptians used hemp to treat eye sores and cataracts and even preserved their deceased Pharoahs by wrapping them in hemp prior to burial.
Arabic physicians described important medical properties that included: diuretic, anti-emetic (nausea relief), anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relief) and anti-pyretic (fever relief).
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, can refer to the use of cannabis and its cannabinoids to treat disease or improve symptoms. There is limited evidence suggesting cannabis can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, or treat chronic pain and muscle spasms.
Additional medicinal benefits include symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, MS, insomnia, and Crohn’s disease just to name a few.
In a beauty, health and wellness context, it’s important to take from the past (of hemp) what is good and bring it into the present in order to make positive progress to the future.