Cannabis plants are believed to have evolved in Central Asia in the regions of Mongolia and southern Siberia. Archaeological evidence shows they wore hemp clothing, wove hemp, and produced hemp pottery.
The earliest cultural evidence of Cannabis comes from the oldest known Neolithic culture in China, the Yangshao, who appeared along the Yellow River valley. Yangshao hemp cord-marked amphora, 4800 BC, Shaanxi ( Wikimedia Commons ) The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.
For thousands of years marijuana was not only legal, but an important crop among cultures throughout history, and held commercial, medicinal, and spiritual value.
Cannabis sativa plant ( Wikimedia Commons ) The cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, can be traced back at least 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity's oldest cultivated crops.
Seshat, the ancient Egyptian goddess of record-keeping and measurement. ( Wikimedia Commons ) Marijuana was introduced to the Middle East between 2000 B. The medical use of the plant in the middle east is recorded in 700 B. in the Venidad, an ancient Persian religious text purportedly written by Zoroaster.
Manuscript Illustration of Hemp, Cauliflower, and Southernwood ( Wikimedia Commons ) The Scythians brought Cannabis to Europe from the Altai Mountains to Germany around 2,800 years ago.
It was used to record the deeds of history, eventually replacing clay tablets and expensive silk to be read by everyone. Wild cannabis growing in Uttarakhand, India ( Wikimedia Commons ) Cannabis use in ancient Egypt has been recorded as far back as 2,000 B. It was first documented in Kemet (ancient Egypt) to treat sore eyes and cataracts. Cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of Rameses II.
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