Marijuana is generally considered a recreational drug. Its association with the beat and hippy cultures of the 1960s has rendered its image in popular social culture as being anything but conventional and constructive. This is an incomplete image.
Marijuana, a central Asian plant, has been in use as a general analgesic for thousands of years. The ancient Scythians, nomadic horsemen of the Steppes, had entire rituals based on the marijuana culture that involved dropping its seeds on hot stones so as to generate therapeutic fumes.
Today, marijuana comes up as a potentially useful medicinal plant specifically because of its analgesic properties. Its potential use relies on much than just folklore. For example, it has been shown that smoked cannabis can diminish pain intensity of pain and sleep disturbance in patients with neuropathic pain.
A quick search of the National Library of Medicine database for "marijuana" and "prostate" reveals one article that found that 4% of California doctors use marijuana and that their levels of prostate cancer screening exceeds that of the general population: This is not useful as a guide to prostatitis treatments. Other such findings are that marijuana:
We are not aware of any clinical data on the effect of marijuana on the symptoms of prostatitis.
- feminizes rats
- is associated with higher risk of prostate cancer
- is theoretically able to stop the growth of prostate cancer cells growing in a dish