The history of cannabis as a medicine
The history of cannabis cultivation and medical use goes back over 10,000 years. This plant was cultivated in China by 4,000 B.C. and in Turkestan by 3,000 B.C. . It has long been used as a medicine in India, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Africa, South America, North America and Europe. It was recommended for Malaria, Constipation, rheumatic pains, absentmindedness, and female disorders.
In India cannabis has been recommended to quicken the mind, lower fever, induce sleep, cure dysentery, stimulate appetite, improve digestion, relieve headaches, and cure venereal disease.
In Africa it was used for dysentery, malaria, and other fevers.
Cannabis was highly valued in Medieval Europe. It was even given to Queen Victoria as medication by her court physician.