Marijuana. Eric Gruenbacher, Scott Adinolfi, Meagan Leach, Wade Schroeder, Chas Pressel, Hillary Fry. History of Marijuana. Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, has been used as a medicine, a recreational drug and as religious or spiritual rites dating back to ancient times
Eric Gruenbacher, Scott Adinolfi, Meagan Leach, Wade Schroeder, Chas Pressel, Hillary Fry
Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, has been used as a medicine, a recreational drug and as religious or spiritual rites dating back to ancient times
The drug is native to Central and South Asia. It’s use spread from China to India to North Africa and is said to have reached Europe as early as A.S. 500.( Narconon international )
The drug was described in a Chinese medical reference traditionally considered to date from 2737 B.C. This reference was the first direct reference to a Marijuana (Cannabis) products acting as a psychoactive agent. “Shen Nung a Chinese Emperor describes this writing. He wrote about its powers as a medication for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and even absent-mindedness. He also took time to confront Marijuana’s intoxicating properties but mentioned that the medical value of the drug was considered more helpful then harmful to its overall value/ use
As the use for Marijuana (Cannabis) for medical reasons grew so did other uses through experimentation. This healing tool soon became a recreational drug. A study published in the South African Journal of Science proved that “pipes dug up from the garden of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon contained traces of Marijuana.” This study was carried out by a chemical analysis after researchers hypothesized that the “noted weed” mentioned in Sonnet 76 and Sonnet 27 could have referenced and therefore used the drug recreationaly
When it came to use of the drug as religious or spiritual rites there is references dating back the ancient Assyrians who discovered the drug through the Aryans.
These two groups were known to burn Cannabis flowers’ to induce “a smoke of trance” during religious ceremonies. Many writers have claimed that the drug was used by ancient Hindus of India along with ancient Jews and early Christians due to similarities of words like “Ganjika” and “qannabbos” which also mean “Cannabis”.
Marijuana spread throughout ancient times quickly and was wrote about and talked about for hundreds to years. The Spanish finally introduced it into the New World in 1545. England later introduced it to Jamestown in 1611 where it was grown as a source of fiber but soon caught on to be used for medical and recreational reasons. The high in demand drug eventually replaced cotton as a major cash crop by 1890. The emergence of Prohibition in the 1920’s gave Marijuana complete social acceptance because compared to alcohol it was not considered a social threat and it was not illegal