There has been significant evidence that proves the cannabis industry could be one of the oldest industries on the planet. There has been evidence of cannabis use found in the burial mounds of ancient China as well as in Viking settlements. Just about every other civilization in between has also found practical and medicinal use in this amazing plant.
While modern medicine has relegated cannabis to the fringes of illegal substances, this plant is the perhaps the oldest remedy for pain and mental illness. This following article will summarize the most important headlines in cannabis history and why it became the modern sensation we see today.
Where did marijuana come from?
Before we begin the concise story of marijuana, pot or weed, it is important to understand a little about the amazing family of hemp plants from which it came. Marijuana is the psychoactive little sister in the family also known as “cannabis sativa”. Big brother cannabis sativa L., has another set of special qualities, including the production of fibrous materials for textiles and rope making, bio fuels and essential oils.
A few other botanical members have also been found, but are have not had any significant role in the cannabis industry as yet.
The cannabis family was believed to have been originated in Asia around the time of the Stone Age. It grew quickly and easily in the fertile dump sites left by the hunter-gatherers of these times. This is one reason it was quickly adopted into ancient society. Some of the oldest pieces of evidence indicate that the cannabis cultivation dates as far back as 12,000 years, making it the oldest medicinal crop we have found.
The regions surrounding Siberia, Mongolia and China have the oldest evidence of cannabis use in both strains (cannabis sativa and cannabis sativa L.). Kurgan burial mounds in Siberia dating back 3000 B.C.E. have been unearthed and found to contain cannabis seed. The tombs of nobles and important social figures in North China and Siberia have commonly contained cannabis seeds and even large quantities of carefully preserved marijuana buds of the psychoactive sort.
Medicinal records from ancient China were often carefully preserved on strips of bamboo. Many of these contain reference to marijuana as a recommended treatment for chronic pain. The most famous case is that of Emperor Shen Nung ( ca. 2700 – 2500 B.C.E.) who reputedly used this drug as an anesthetic in surgery. The question here is whether this emperor was real or fictional as he predated the emperor who unified China and established recorded history.
Trade and the barbarian invasions did much to propagate the use of marijuana across Asia, the Middle East. Even as far as Northern Europe where Germanic and Viking accounts tell how the drug was used to mitigate pain in childbirth and tooth extractions.
Vikings took their treatments across the English Channel when they began raiding the Anglo-Saxons and this is how cannabis found its way into Britannia, or modern day Great Britain.
How did marijuana get to the United States?
There is evidence that marijuana was one of the original cash crops being shipped back to the “old World” from the plantations of the “New World”. It enjoyed very mild attention until the end of the Mexican-American War, when refugees fleeing their war-torn homes brought it across the border.
In 1915 Utah became the first State to ban Marijuana use and the ban covered the entire cannabis family including the versatile and practical cannabis sativa L, that never got anyone high. By 1931, 29 states had banned the use of this drug.
Today, marijuana is still considered a “Schedule 1” controlled substance, which means it has a high risk for addiction but no promising medical applications. Luckily, ongoing research is making great progress in reversing this obsolete opinion. For information on how you can take part in this exciting wave of recreational and therapeutic culture, don’t forget to view website at https://www.thickassglass.com/collections/bubblers quick.
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