The History of Cannabis
Cannabis has a long history as a medicine and superfood throughout the world that evolved under the influence of the human race, dating back over 10,000 years, making it one of the earliest cultivated crops —
Drawing of Cannabis sativa from Vienna Dioscurides, 512 AD. (Public Domain)
Cannabis was continually suppressed as it threatened the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. The doctors did not know what marijuana was so it was never applied until it was too late and the laws had passed. This made it unavailable to the public while pharmaceutical drugs were subsidised. By 1942 it was completely removed as a medicine.
Jack Herer, American cannabis rights activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes
It is important to note that not all strains of cannabis are intoxicating, yet even the non-intoxicating hemp was slammed and demonised which is only now just starting to recover as more people realise the health and industrial benefits of the plant.
The full therapeutic potential of cannabis can be realized only when it is completely legal and people don’t have to go to their doctors to get right now — Dr. Grinspoon: Harvard Medical Professor and Author of several cannabis books
Common misconceptions of Cannabis
Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
With the recent media attention and eye-opening documentaries, more and more people are waking up to the opioid epidemic sweeping the western world. Driven by the prescription of pharmaceutical opioids in the US, this epidemic is spreading throughout developed countries, putting New Zealand at risk of getting further involved. Luckily, opioid abuse rates