Cannabis is an ancient healing plant, but you wouldn’t know that from the way our government deals with it, would you?

We dug a little into the nooks and crannies of the web and found some interesting nuggets about cannabis uses, particularly by women, throughout history.

Here are a few things we found…

The Female/Cannabis Connection

Before it was banned in the United States in 1937, cannabis had been used broadly as medicine for roughly 5,000 years. For women in particular, cannabis was regarded as beneficial for alleviating pain associated with menstruation and urination, and menopausal symptoms, according to an article published in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics.

In ancient Egypt (Kemet) women used cannabis as a medication to “relieve sorrow and bad humor,” according to Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian from Sicily in the first century BC. Moreover, cannabis leaves were even featured in illustrations on ancient scrolls.

In texts dating back to 200 B.C., Greeks used cannabis to relieve earaches, edema and inflammation.

Vikings and later, medieval Germans, used cannabis as an analgesic during childbirth as well as for toothaches. Cannabis was considered an aphrodisiac in seventh century India and was mixed with milk, water and spices to enhance tantric sex. A ninth century Persian remedy for migraines involved drinking juice extracted from cannabis seeds mixed with herbs.

A process outlined in the Old English Herbarium, a medieval book of remedies, highlighted a mixture of cannabis and fat to produce an analgesic rub for alleviating the discomfort of swollen breasts in pregnant women. By the 19th century, Queen Victoria was taking a monthly, prescribed dose of cannabis to relieve menstrual cramps. At the same time, women in the United States were taking a medicinal syrup containing cannabis for similar “ailments.”

Over 3000 years after Egyptian texts first described using cannabis to induce labor, The Monthly Journal of Medical Science of Edinburgh published a report mentioning the same treatment. By 1854, the medical use of marijuana during childbirth was prevalent.

Clearly, women throughout history knew the benefits of cannabis. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that men decided to ban it in the United States. Sound familiar?