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Mexico: Cannabis; a healing drug

Mexico: Cannabis; a healing drug


Mexico’s supreme court ruled that some sections of the country’s health law are invalid, legalizing the growing, possession and use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Despite this ruling, it appears that Marijuana has been doing well amongst the locals in Mexico. They use it for health purposes.


The cultivation and use of marijuana is on the rise across Africa as farmers hit by low commodity prices increasingly see the drug as a cash crop.

Pressure to legalize marijuana is increasing in many African countries as its legalization in the U.S. and Uruguay is leading the way.

In countries like Nigeria, Zambia, Lesotho and South Africa, many farmers have been arrested in the past one year for cultivating Marijuana.

Many countries are now on the move to legalize some specific use of this drug for medicinal purposes.


A Mexican grandmother rubs her legs with marijuana infused alcohol when they ache. She understands that it is illegal but this practice has been passed on to many generation in her family.

She says she really has a lot of faith in this curative concoction. And when she is tired, she simply spreads it on her legs, feet and body. She further admits that she can go without salt but not Marijuana.

The use of Marijuana in Mexico is so regular and many households have a mysterious jar of marijuana macerated in alcohol in their cabinets. This potion can last for many years.

According to Humberto Rocca, a specialist in addiction and herbalism, this concoction is traditionally used for rheumatism, joint and muscle pain. Dried or as a paste, it is used as tea to soothe headache, relax and facilitate sleep. It may also be smoked by cancer patients to treat nausea.

Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke.

One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another.

The drug can affect more than your physical health. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities.