Medicinal Marijuana and Opium differences

Medicinal Marijuana and Opium differences

Both Medicinal Marijuana as well as Opium is completely different in nature, properties and its effects. Medicinal Marijuana on one hand is made from a flower known as Cannabis Sativa. One of the most important ingredients that are found in Medicinal marijuana is known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The main effect of medicinal marijuana is that it induces relaxation and therefore is useful when it comes to prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses and diseases. Ancient historic records and texts dating back to 2700 BC describe how the Chinese used marijuana to garner relief from rheumatism to constipation. Similarly the Indians, Africans, ancient Greeks and medieval Europeans also used marijuana to treat fevers, dysentery and malaria.

Opium on the other hand is manufactured from the latex of the poppy seed and is known as Papaver Somniferum. It was used as far back as 2000 BC in Egypt as children’s sedative and for teething remedy. However, its popularity grew to new height by the end of the 2nd century. The most important ingredients found in Opium are plant alkaloids and mostly morphine. Opium is mainly used as a painkiller, sedative and a respiratory depressant. This drug was also used as relief for cough and insomnia.

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