1550 BC - A VERSATILE PLANT: CANNABIS AS MEDICINE IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Egyptians had uncovered and used the medicinal properties of cannabis
even beyond what modern medical science has been able to do so far.
The Ebers Papyrus was written roughly around 1550 BC and is one of
the oldest finished medical textbooks to have been found so far. It
mentions a number of formulas which make use of hemp to alleviate
pain and inflammation caused by various diseases and injuries.
Apparently, women in particular used marijuana as a way to waive off
depression and other psychological problems in the early days of
oldest medicinal use of the herb in the region may date back even
further, to 2000 BC, when it might have been used to treat glaucoma,
cataracts, haemorrhoids, vaginal bleeding, and even cancer. It can be
estimated that cannabis was probably not a cure, but an alleviator of
the symptoms in most cases.
17 March 2017 by Robert Brusco