Marijuana/cannabis for medicinal purposes is not new. Its first recorded use was in ancient China, but findings suggest it had been utilized long before then. Brought to America in the 1500s, it was not until the early twentieth century that it became stigmatized. Now, almost a century later, the question of its safety, benefits, and risks is still a subject of debate. Increasing evidence suggests that the use of marijuana provides a range of benefits. Despite this affirmation, its use is still discouraged by those in power.
Fortunately, there are alternative methods of ingesting marijuana. For example, a specially designed vaporizer heats the cannabis to create a filtered and controlled vapor. It can also be used in cooking, but it should be done with specific guidelines to ensure optimum results. As a concentrated tincture, it can be dropped directly into the mouth or mixed with a glass of water or other liquid. Some prefer to use a tonic, an already mixed drink, over the tincture. It can even be used in pill or suppository form.
It would be physically impossible for a human being to ingest or smoke enough marijuana for a lethal overdose. There are no documented instances of such an occurrence. Despite positive findings, the debate continues. In the meantime, small strides have been made in reconsidering the benefits of marijuana use. Hopefully these strides will gain in momentum over time.