Cannabis: A Complicated History

In this episode, we begin to discuss the complicated history of cannabis. 

I will share the findings of cannabis from 10,000 years ago through the era of cannabis as medicine and then to the criminalization and demonization of the drug.

We begin by looking at the ancient history of cannabis, the era of cannabis as medicine (1800s-1930s) when the U.S. Pharmacopeia had over 2000 cannabis preparations they could prescribe or patients could access. We look at hemp as an important player in our economy and how financial controls play a role in ultimately the criminalization of cannabis.

Lastly but most importantly both episodes share the impact that cannabis criminalization has had on already marginalized communities and the incarceration rates of African Americans, Hispanics, and other POC communities. We look at the divisive and racist propaganda, incarcerations and financial impact that cannabis and the legal systems have used to keep these communities in the margins.


Cannabis at the time of this recording a Schedule 1 drug at the federal level and not considered for medical use. This level of restriction has made it difficult to continue the research necessary to create greater gains in cannabis medicine. However, we continue to champion on and the government begins to take note of the ever-changing green rush.

In this episode, we talk about the first ancient findings of cannabis as medicine and take a look at the history of cannabis from 10,200 years ago up to 1980. (Episode 4 will take a look at the years 1980-2019)

  • Cannabis as medicine
  • Reefer Madness Campaign
  • Marijuana Tax Act
  • Criminalization of cannabis for non-violent offenses
  • Historical data, research, and findings showing cannabis as safe all ignored

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Let’s go global! Was wonderful to share insights and have open discussion with the lovely @cannanursesnetwork colleagues and UK docs.

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I recently have had the privilege of traveling and speaking across the US. The questions during Q&A are always so eye opening. One of the most common themes was that most people do not know that there are THOUSANDS of strains/cultivars of cannabis.

Meaning there are many varieties of plants and each one has a unique profile that can align with or help manage certain conditions or symptoms. Each plant can also provide very different effects.

Why this matters?

Common complaints or concerns I get are from those individuals who had a bad experience with cannabis. 99% of the time these individuals tried edibles or they didn't know what they were consuming.

Join the Kush Class to learn how to find the right plant for your needs and learn more about cannabis medicine. bit.ly/KUSHFAMILY
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Kush Class is a FREE beginner class focused on the essentials of medical cannabis and/or CBD. Class is conducted online via zoom. This is a judgement free and safe space to ask questions regarding plant medicine for health and wellness.

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In this class:

We will discuss case studies and the real world evidence documented over the last 2 years related to patients who used medical cannabis or CBD for various conditions.

What does the science say?

How can it help?

How to consume cannabis?

Who can benefit from plant medicine?

Is it safe?

Wondering where to start? You're already here...see you in class.

Sandra Guynes MSN RN has been a longtime advocate, educator and provider of holistic health to mothers and babies. She works guiding and educating families on medical cannabis, healing our bodies by nurturing our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and finding peace, health and balance that we can pass on for generations.
Sandra is the co-founder of Cannabis Nurses of Color (CNOC). She is also a Director for American Cannabis Nurses Association.
Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Walden University. Sandra has taught across the levels of nursing academia from ADN to BSN.
Sandra is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Cannabis Nurses Network, and Minority Cannabis Business Association. She practices under The Kush Nurse brand in San Diego, CA.
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A beautiful remembering and loving celebration of native/indigenous folks reposted from @burjushoes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today we celebrate and honor the Legacy of Native American People. We recognize that this day often comes with a misrepresentation of the historical events that took place hundreds of years ago when European colonizers landed on Native soil that they claimed as their own. We know today that these events are not reflected in the story of Thanksgiving and we choose to recognize the contribution that Native peoples have made to this land: protecting it, nurturing it, sustaining it. We are thankful for the Native community and we continue to fight for native people to see justice, to see reparations for the hundreds of years of exploitation and violence they have faced. We recognize that we all stand on stolen land. We are grateful for our community, and for all those who continue to honor Native Heritage. 🤎🧡⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#celebratenativeheritage #native #indigenous #realhistory #grateful #thanks
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99% of the people I speak with have no idea they have an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM. The entire role of this system is to maintain balance in our bodies. When we are out of balance due to stress, diet and other factors our body welcomes disease, inflammation and more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yes cannabis is medicine but it works because we have this system that responds and interacts with the plant. It also produces compounds similar to THC and CBD. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I made a quick video you can download about this system. 🙃https://bit.ly/ECSbasics⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#cannabis #marijuana #weedbasics #endocannabinoid #stress #triggers #inflammation #pain #depression #illness #disease #chronichealth #womenshealth #blackhealth #wellness #selfcare #inspiration #generationalhealth
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