by Taetske | 10:55 am
(Last Updated On: July 27, 2018)

 

The History of Cannabis through the Ages

 

Cannabis Plantation

Cannabis plantation

 

Cannabis has a very old history starting some 10.000 years ago.When one investigates a bit it will soon become evident that one can find the use of this plant in about all cultures worldwide.
Hemp cords were used in making pottery. There was a find of this type of pottery discovered in an ancient village dating back some 10.000 years. It seems that hemp was the first crop grown by men. Before humans were hunter-gatherers,  eating meat,  different kinds of berries, and tubers. Starting agriculture was the beginning of civilization and one could also say the beginning of upcoming illnesses unknown till then to the human race.
Cannabis seeds and also its oil was used for food in China already 6000BC and there is evidence that the hemp fiber was used for making fabric some 4000 years ago.

 

The Emperor Shen Nung

The Red Emperor of China Shen Nung who lived from 2838 till 2698 BC,  that is an impressive 140 years,  wrote the first pharmacological book “The Herbal” sadly lost in history.   This legend tells us that he wrote this book with divine inspiration.  Myth or not, even nowadays this knowledge is still used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The oldest existing copy is from the year 50 AD even if its source is accepted to be of a much earlier age.
190 AD lived Hua Tue considered in China “The God of Surgery” He was a pioneer in surgical anesthesia known today as “ma-fei-san. The word ma means Cannabis and most historical scholars agree that in that first anesthetic brew for sure Cannabis was used. Mr. Hua Tuo found a sad ending as he was sentenced to death by an angry ruler.

 

Many famous historical figures have mentioned the use of cannabis, here are a few examples

 

Herodotus

Herodotus

 

In The Histories from 439 BC, Herodotus writes about the use of Cannabis by the Scythians, be it for ritual purposes or recreation.
Pliny the Elder, 23-79 AD, mentions in his The Natural History the use of Hemp rope and the analgesic effects of marijuana.
Then there is Dioscorides, 70 AD, who was a physician in Nero’s army. In his Pharmacopoeia he listed marijuana.
Between 900-1000 AD Scholars were debating the pros and cons of eating hashish and its use spread throughout Arabia.

 

King Henry VIII

 

King Henry

King Henry

 

With a big jump forward we arrive at 1533 where King Henry VIII fined his farmers if they disobeyed the order to plant hemp in their fields for industrial use.

 

Egypt as the supplier of Indian Hemp

Egypt surpasses all the other nations in the variety of compounds into which this fascinating drug enters, and will one day supply the western world with Indian Hemp when its solid merits are duly appreciated. At the present, in Europe, it is chiefly confined to the apothecary’s shelves.
This is a quote from the book Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to el-Medinah and Meccah by Richard Francis Burton who lived from 1821 to 1890. He was a British orientalist, soldier, spy, and diplomat.
There are much more examples but that would take too long. If you are interested to read more do have a look at www.advancedholistichealth.org/history

 

Cannabis in Modern Times

Much later in history, it became a crime to have Cannabis plants and people ended up in jail.
The sad thing is that the authorities forgot completely the medicinal use of this powerful plant. They only concentrated on its hallucinogenic effects.
Nature provides us with food and cures but we humans often think we can do it better and that ends up in disaster.
Many people object to this plant because of its negative recent history. On the other hand, one should not forget that this plant forms part of Creation so even Christians have come to accept this. The benefits of Cannabis is being studied again and many people with severe ailments have found relief and often a cure.

I have a page on the Health Benefits of Cannabis, please visit it.

 

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Comments

Karen Chambre

This such an interesting article about cannabis. Recently I have had several people tell me how the CBD out of the cannabis has been so helpful with their anxiety.

Jun 19.2017 | 08:19 pm

    admin

    Good evening Karen,

    It is actually quite amazing and sad at the same time that the use of cannabis for a medical purpose has been known for thousands of years but now has been stigmatized as being bad. I am happy to see that more investigations are being made and The Sacred Plant will live a revival in benefit of humankind.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 19.2017 | 08:56 pm

Danielle

Hi Taetske
I started off on the wrong foot, believing that cannabis is a bad plant because of it’s hallucinogenic property. Then one day I walked into a shop that had clothes made from hemp. I was amazed at all the good properties the proprietor talked about.

It is true that nature gives us these wonderful plants and we turn it around and end up with a different picture altogether.

Thank you for taking the time write about the good things about this wonderful plant. Hopefully we will end up with it back in it’s useful properties uses.

🙂
~Danielle

Jun 22.2017 | 05:41 pm

    admin

    Yes, Danielle, I was like you but now know better. In the meantime, I have found out that it is legal in Spain to have 5 plants on the property. I am seriously thinking about getting them soon so I can put a leaf a day in my smoothies, to keep the doctor away you know.
    I will also try it on Cindy, my 11-year-old Rothweiler Lady, she has a fist big lump on her breast now for one and a half year. I refuse to have her operated because in case it should be cancer it will take her to her grave very soon. At the moment she gets a mixture of Curcuma, Olive and Coconut oil, pills with Glucosamine and MSM, 10 drops of Oceans Alive, 10 drops of Mirra and Aurum Metallicum=gold, those very small Homeopathic pills. I include some hand healing and hope for the best.
    Thank you for visiting my website.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 22.2017 | 07:37 pm

Michelle

Hello there Taetske,
Thanks for such an interesting article about cannabis. It is sad when we focus on the not so good point of anything and anyone – eg the hallucinogenic vs healing effects of this plant.
Coming from a Caribbean island where Rastafarians believe in the ‘power’ of certain plants, I am no stranger to ‘sacred’ plants. I have not used the plants but I love hearing about the medical benefits that can be garnered from the plant world.
Michelle

Jun 23.2017 | 04:32 pm

    admin

    Good evening Michelle,

    Thank you for visiting my website. Yes, it is sad indeed that such a good and helpful plant is forgotten in these modern times. Nature provides us with food and aid in time of illness but it has to be all rediscovered. Let’s go through life with open eyes and think for ourselves instead of always believing the bad news. All the best, Regards Taetske

    Jun 23.2017 | 05:18 pm

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