A Brief History Of Cannabis

A Brief History of Cannabis

People have known and documented the medicinal benefits of cannabis for thousands of years; it’s believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. Many cultures and religions around the globe have celebrated cannabis for its myriad of uses and medicinal benefits.

The earliest recorded use of cannabis dates back to 2737 BC when Chinese Emperor Shen Nung recorded in a Chinese pharmacological book that cannabis had the potential to treat certain ailments.

From China, cannabis spread to the Middle East and all around Europe, and over the next few centuries the plant made its way to Africa and South America. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that cannabis landed on US soil.

The earliest recorded use of cannabis dates back to 2737 BC when Chinese Emperor Shen Nung recorded in a Chinese pharmacological book that cannabis had the potential to treat certain ailments.

Cannabis immediately received backlash from the US government primarily because of race-based fear tactics and irrational concerns that Mexican immigrants were coming into the US and bringing cannabis with them. At this time there was a lot of propaganda surrounding marijuana. It was associated with inciting violence and crime and was even referred to as the “evil weed.” The Controlled Substances Act was enacted in 1970, making cannabis illegal and classifying it as a Schedule I substance. While cannabis is still a federally illegal substance, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis

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