Essay by OnexHigh School, 12th gradeA+, January 1996

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In this report I will show you my views on Marijuana, if it should be

legal, for medical and/or recreational purposes.

Marijuana has many names: Dope, Marihuana, Ganja, Pot Mary Jane,

Cannabis Sativa (Scientific) to name a few.

Marijuana originated in the middle east (Taiwan, Korea). China plays

an important part in Marijuana's history. Hoatho, the first chinese

physician to use Cannabis for medical purposes as a painkiller and

anesthetic for surgery. In the Ninth Century B.C., it was used as an

incense by the Assyrians Herbal, a Chinese book of medicine from the second

Century B.C., was first to describe it in print. It was used as an

anesthetic 5,000 years ago in ancient china. Many (*) ancient cultures

such as the persians, Greeks, East Indians, Romans, and the Assyrians for

many things. These were what they used it for: the control of muscle

spasms, reduction of pain, and for indegestion.

Imagine that if they still

practiced this, instead of taking an Alka Seltzer after you had mom's Chili

or Tacos, you might be sitting in the living room on the LAY-Z Boy, smoking

a joint or however they would take it. The folk medicine of Africa and Asia

have used it as an herbal preparation. A 'mythical' and 'legendary'

pharmacist and emperor Shen Nung thought using it as a seditive was all

right. In 2,700 B.C. that same 'mythical' emperor said it helped female

weakness, gout, rheumatism, malaria, beri-beri (?), contipation, and


In 1979 (A.D.) Carlton E. Turner visited China and found marijuana was

not in use in formal medical places. J. D. P. Graham of the Welsh National

School of Medicine wrote, 'One not need take to seriously the anecdotal use

of it's use for many purposes in China or by the Hindus in...