According to historians, pot has been used as a medicinal herb for nearly five thousand years. Pot’s use as a recreational drug has also been ongoing and, until made illegal in the 1930s, it was also widely used in the manufacturing of many items. During America’s colonial period, cannabis, hemp or & was such an important crop that its cultivation was highly encouraged. In some American colonies it was actually illegal to not grow hemp . Most of it went into the making of canvas and cordage, both of which were in high demand, especially by the Navy and companies outfitting sailing ships.

Although the use of pot for medical purposes has its opponents, many verified studies show it is effective in treating a long list of medical problems. There are many strains of pot, and different types are believed to be more appropriate for the treatment of different conditions. The ailments for which using pot is believed to bring relief include the nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite associated with receiving chemotherapy and certain AIDS/HIV treatments. It is also used to relieve intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients, for treating gastrointestinal diseases and as an analgesic to relieve pain in certain patients.

In the United States, Pot is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it carries a high risk for abuse, has no viable medical use and is not safe to use while under medical supervision. However, several individual state governments disagree with this label. Many jurisdictions have decriminalized the use of pot to the point that is a mere misdemeanor. In Alaska, the law says you can smoke pot in your home with no risk of legal penalties. This applies to both medical and recreational use. Medicinal use of pot is now legal in 15 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.

There are literally thousands of strains of pot, all falling into one of two broad types: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. One of the major active ingredients in pot, THC, which is present in both Sativa and Indica, is obtainable in a synthetic capsule or pill. Actual pot, or medical marijuana, can be smoked, vaporized, eaten as a food, drunk or ingested as a capsule. Smoking is the most common method of administration and produces an almost immediate effect. Names for different strains of pot can be interesting, such as: Maui Waui, Grape Punch, AK-47, Bubblegum, BC Buds and Apollo 11. Technology has not been lost on the quest to produce the most powerful pot plants. Some say that pot is the number one cash crop in some states, California being one of them.

In 1968 an ounce of good pot cost about ten dollars. Today, that same bag costs close to $500 in many areas, if not more. Back then, medical use wasn't talked about much, but today, it's right up on billboards.

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