By Steve Elliott
A debate on whether to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational uses in Mexico is still in its early stages, but Mexicans have used marijuana for therapeutic purposes for centuries.
The current national discussion was kicked off last month when the Mexican Supreme Court issued a historic ruling authorizing four people to grow and smoke cannabis, opening the door for others to seek similar permission, reports Sofia Miselem at AFP.
"I really have a lot of faith in it," said a 53-year-old grandmother who spoke on condition of anonymity and uses marijuana-infused alcohol as a topical treatment. "When I'm very tired, I spread it on my legs, feet and body.
"It's really good," she said. "I can go without salt but not without marijuana with alcohol. My grandmother used it," she said.
For generations, "grandma's magic remedy" has been used in Mexico to combat a range of pains, fevers and other medical complaints. Cannabis-infused oils, pastes, and teas are used for headaches, insomnia, nausea, and pain.
"Infused into alcohol is the traditional use for rheumatism as well as muscular and circulation pains," said Humberto Rocca, a doctor specializing in addictions and herbalism. "It's an ancient medicine, passed on from generation to generation. Young people know that their grandmothers or mothers use it."