The marijuana plant, also known has cannabis sativa, is thought to have originated as a medical plant ~4,000 years ago. First evidence dates back to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 BC and records indicate that medicinal cannabis was widely used throughout Asia up until 500 BC. Early applications for medicinal marijuana appear to include treatment of inflammation, malaria, gout, depression and nausea.
Sativa has also created a market that can compete with big pharma. Arguably, sativa provides patients with alternative options for treatment – that is good for medicinal drugs markets and governments and health providers alike.