Sean P. Silverman
8 December 1999
Long recognized as one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, Ganja truly can heal the earth. Unknown to many today,
cannabis hemp was used worldwide in paper, fiber, lamp oil and nautical applications throughout the 19th century, constituting
"possibly the largest agricultural and industrial businesses in America" (Herer 83). In the early part of the 1800s cannabis was
the number one medicine in the US (83). It held that spot tightly, until it was nudged to second place by morphine in 1863,
unseated again in 1901 by aspirin (83).
Throughout its usage history, doctors did not consider the effects of cannabis to be habit forming, anti-social, or violent.
As Herer explains, "Mary Jane" contains sixty compounds that are currently known to have therapeutic value. Unlike tobacco
smoke, cannabis smoke does not alter the small airways in any way. Small airway damage ...