(NaturalNews) Back in 2700 BC, according to Chinese legend, the emperor Shen Nung -- also known as Chen Nung, considered the Father of Chinese medicine -- discovered the healing properties of marijuana as well as ginseng and ephedra. Throughout history, the use of medical cannabis has been linked to the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greek civilizations, George Washington, Queen Victoria and even mainstream medicine by the 1840s.
In truth, the medicinal power of cannabis is well documented.
On the next Natural News Talk Hour, Dustin Sulak, D.O., talks about how to safely use medical marijuana as an effective therapy for many health conditions. If you suffer with chronic pain, seizures or even cancer -- don't miss this program.
From the 1850s to 1942, cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia -- an official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the counter medicines -- as a treatment for tetanus, cholera, rabies, dysentery, alcoholism, opiate addiction, convulsive disorders, insanity, excessive menstrual bleeding and many other health problems.
Unfortunately, during that same time period, prohibition gained in popularity -- along with a growing "faith" in federal government. By 1937, the United States passed its first federal law against cannabis -- despite objections by the American Medical Association (AMA). In fact, Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying on behalf of the AMA, told Congress:
"The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug."
He then warned that a prohibition "loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis."
Today, we see a growing trend of acceptance of marijuana for its medicinal purposes. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, reversed his 2009 opinion against marijuana -- when he said, "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."
Find out what conventional medicine refuses to acknowledge about the health benefits of medical cannabis plus much more on the next Natural News Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Sulak.
Today, we see the legalization of marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington for "recreational" purposes. Most Americans are in favor of medical cannabis and the legalization of this herb. So, why does the federal government want to eliminate its usage?
Simply put, as many health experts agree, it's all about control and money. Let's face it -- there's a huge market for this substance, and it poses a major threat to the pharmaceutical industry. Here are just a few of the many health benefits associated with medical cannabis:
It can stop HIV from spreading throughout the body.
It slows the progression of Alzheimer's.
It slows the spread of cancer cells.
It is an active pain reliever.
It can prevent or help with opiate addiction.
It combats depression, anxiety and ADHD.
It can treat epilepsy and Tourette's.
It can help with other neurological damage, such as concussions and strokes.
It can prevent blindness from glaucoma.
Its connected to lower insulin levels in diabetics.
Contrary to popular belief, many patients can experience health benefits from cannabis without "getting high." Obviously, when dealing with health issues, it's best to work with a qualified health professional with professional experience in the safe use of marijuana.
Want to learn more? Join us for our next show. This week's guest: Dustin Sulak, D.O., an integrative medicine pioneer
Learn how to effectively use medical cannabis for pain relief and healing - Sun. Jun. 22
Dustin Sulak, D.O is an integrative medicine pioneer with a focus in osteopathy, mind-body medicine and medical cannabis. Dr. Sulak, a diplomat of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University and a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Mentored by Andrew Weil, M.D., during his training, Dr. Sulak has incorporated Reiki, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, Chinese medicine and other healing arts into his practice.
Dr Sulak is the medical director of two integrative health centers that treat over 11,000 patients with medical cannabis. He has helped set the standard for the safe use of medical cannabis for a wide variety of conditions, including pain, spasticity, seizure disorders, PTSD and more. Dr. Sulak lectures nationally to medical providers and patients on the appropriate use of medical cannabis and continues to explore the therapeutic potential of this ancient yet emerging trend in medicine.
Who benefits from medical cannabis? If you suffer with mood disorders, chronic pain, MS, Parkinson's disease or seizures, then you'll want to explore the many health benefits of marijuana. On the next Natural News Talk Hour, you'll learn about the clinical results associated with cannabis, the different forms of cannabis (you don't have to smoke it) plus much more.