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The History of Medical Marijuana and Testing Labs

10/21/15

Recreational use of marijuana is illegal under federal law. But some states have decriminalized use of cannabis following local regulations, which ultimate supersede federal law. Some states have legalized use of marijuana solely for medicinal purposes. Researchers and others in the medical community are constantly looking for new ways to treat various conditions, and studies have shown beneficial results when medical marijuana is used to treat certain health problems.

Marijuana was labeled as a poison in many states beginning in 1906. By the 1920s, it was prohibited and in the mid-1930s, it was officially regulated as a drug in each of the 35 states that adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. When the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was enacted, marijuana was listed as a Schedule I drug, classifying it as having a high potential of abuse, unsafe for use without supervision, and bearing no medical use.

Things began to change in the 1990s when the medical community began taking a closer look at cannabis. As research indicated potential positive effects on certain health conditions, initiated legislation permitting marijuana use for medical purposes was initiated in some states. California was the first state to allow medicinal marijuana use in 1996 and 23 other states followed making medical marijuana legal.

Medical marijuana has been found to be beneficial as a treatment for pain and muscle spasms associated with chronic illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, epilepsy, and some psychological disorders. Some studies have reported that is has carcinogen-slowing affects that can help reduce the spread/growth of cancer cells and it may be able to help improve appetites in patients where their illness results in poor appetites.

When an individual is prescribed medical marijuana as a part of his or her treatment plan, it can be accessed through a medical marijuana dispensary and sometimes doctors’ offices. It is available in forms that can be eaten, vaporized, taken as a liquid extract, or smoked. But medical marijuana is held to a different standard when it comes to quality. In fact, dispensaries and doctors often seek out competent testing facilities that can produce reputable results. That's why a medical marijuana testing laboratory must be ISO 17025 accredited to ensure that it is among the top providers of high quality lab work. ISO 17025 is globally recognized and accreditation sets the bar high for labs, procedures, and testing capabilities.