Φαρμακευτική κάνναβη : ιστορία, χρήση, οφέλη και μειονεκτήματα
Medical cannabis : history, use, benefits and disadvantages
Cannabis is a plant that is considered illegal in most countries of the world. It is a plant with a very long history, which has evolved parallel with human history. People have historically used and appreciated it for its medicinal properties and entertainment. Since in the modern era, and especially after the 60s and 70s, the use and possession of cannabis were criminalized in many countries of the world, the recent easing of the plant's criminalization gave countries further investigation in medicine. However, much research still needs to be done to understand medical cannabis. This paper aims to understand medicinal cannabis by presenting extensive bibliographic research on the plant. First, the introductory chapter is presented to provide the theoretical background and objectives of the research. The third chapter of the historical background of the plant follows, referring to its use in ancient Greece until the most recent historical laws. The fifth chapter introduces the concept of medicinal cannabis, and the sixth chapter extensively mentions the plant's healing properties and what diseases it has been tested for. However, it would be an omission by the researcher to fail to mention the adverse effects of the plant, both from side effects we know through medicinal use and recreational use.