Nevertheless, there are a number of other contexts in which marijuana is used that we still need to consider.
Some tend to assume that marijuana first appeared on the scene in the 1960's.
However, history tells us that the medicinal properties of cannabis have been recognized for centuries.
(5)(6) Some similar but more powerfully hallucinogenic substances used in such rituals include peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca and mescaline.
Their common characteristic is their ability to open one up to an experience of the non-physical dimensions of existence.
To sum up my argument I'll need to borrow a line from Eric Clapton, "It's in the way that you use it." Medical Marijuana: The medical benefits of marijuana (cannabis) are pretty well established.
There is voluminous scientific research on the subject(2) that verifies its efficacy when applied to a variety of medical conditions, and plenty of first-hand evidence that it works for those who use it for their own health problems.Any resistance to its medical use from the mainstream medical community is likely to be a function of political expediency because to reject it on scientific grounds is just plain silly.When we consider that physicians legally prescribe powerful and addictive drugs like morphine, codeine, oxycodone (Oxy Contin) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid), to name just a few, it is hard to see the justification for outlawing medical cannabis.Marijuana is just one of many entheogens (en-theo-gen = "within-god-creates").Entheogenic substances are psychoactive substances used to enhance spiritual experience in religious, shamanic or other spiritual contexts.Recreational Use and Prohibition: Research indicates that nearly 50 percent of Americans have tried marijuana at least once in their lives. Criminalization has made countless criminals out of otherwise ordinary citizens.