The History of Cannabis

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A good number of us claim to know the history of cannabis. In fact, some have postulated different versions of the origin of the drug and alleged that Cannabis originated from China and India. At the same time, archeologists have also found carvings of an ancient man looking at a plant of cannabis. Despite these versions, most of us cannot explain why Arabs used and planted marijuana in their empires and different parts of the globe. Indeed, it is difficult to understand the history of cannabis in relation to their central reasons, but all of us should be alive to the fact that cannabis is one of earliest plants that man cultivated. Therefore, for us to understand this plant in details, let us examine its the history of cannabis by describing its uses, economic value, and reasons for the widespread.

For the longest time, many people only knew two uses of cannabis. Mostly, the plant was associated with the spiritual world, and therefore they were using it in all rituals. Funny enough, when they thought the gods were angry, they would burn cannabis leaves so that the gods would have a good time and grant them their request. You see, when they needed to bury a rich person or a priest, cannabis was the way to go, stuffing it in his grave as found in Siberia, for his soul to find peace. Secondly, because cannabis is sedative, many people used it for medicine. Precisely, when one had pain or during childbirth, cannabis came in handy that way for the Vikings.

Given these surprising discoveries about cannabis, people had to carry it in almost all places they were moving to, and this led to its spread. For example, the Chinese farmers took it during market days to Korea. After knowing more about it, Koreans also migrated with it to India while escaping Aryan wars. To everyone’s surprise, the Indians loved it so much that they named it one of the five national herbs. On the same note, through trade cannabis reached the Middle East around 2000BC. Further, the Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European group brought cannabis to Europe and Ukraine and the Britain in the fifth century. A few centuries later, the drug spread to Africa and other parts of the world before it reached South America in the 19th century.

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Ancient 2,500-year-old Cannabis ‘Burial Shroud’ Discovered in Desert Oasis // Source: National Geographic

From already published information, it is true that cannabis is an exotic plant in the way it reproduces. It is unique, in that is has a male plant and a female plant. Knowing male cannabis plant is quite easy as one only looks for a long tall, slender plant that has flowerlike pods containing the fertilization pollen. Contrarily, the female plant is darker, shorter and thick and has hair like lining at the end of the pods. The strains of cannabis are being discovered to this day. When you want cannabis with the highest concentration of cannabinoids, you should probably look for the flowers of the female marijuana plant.

In today’s world, you will find many medicinal uses of cannabis. Imagine having one plant that can solve most of your health problems at once. Well, do not imagine any further as cannabis is that plant! Marijuana remains one of the alternative medicines that assist people to cure various ailments. In particular,  previously researchers has resulted in the development and marketing of the synthetic cannabis product, Marinol to control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents used to treat cancer and to stimulate appetite in a patient who has HIV/ AIDS. After paying a consultation fee for medical marijuana, the patient is given a card that allows him or her to shop at a dispensary or order from delivery services that offer cultivars of the two dominant strains of the plant, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis sativa.

Cannabis became a recreational drug in the 20th century. Mostly, cannabis use is a tolerated social behavior, rather than perceived as a severe medical condition of self-medication. You can either smoke, bake or just chew cannabis leaves directly to gain a high euphorically induced feeling. Other popular methods of smoking marijuana include using bowls, pipes, and bongs. In recent times, the drug has been baked into cookies, goods, and candies. Among other things, smoking cannabis helps people to experience music, films or other art more intensely, or merely enjoy food more. More importantly, forming marijuana into compact bricks is not only one way in which you can enjoy cannabis but is also one of the more popular ways to transport bulk amounts of the drug.

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Besides recreational purposes, people grew cannabis during middle age periods to make hemp. Cannabis was one of the first fiber plants to be cultivated. Before the widespread use of cotton, hemp had been already said to have originated from Central Asia. Later, it spread to Europe where its use was highly ideal in many countries. Eventually, it landed in the US where it was popular for making rope, clothing, and paper. Today, hemp fibers are commonly used in clothing and jewelry.

Although cannabis grows naturally, it can be cultivated in fertile through cross-breeding for better yield. However, the growth of the plant relies on external factors such as climate. For instance, having sufficient water and rich soil will increase the chances of having a good crop. However, like any other crop, the expected yield highly depends on the changing weather conditions. Growing plan through indoor process is successful as it is easy for the grower to regulate the conditions for the plant growth. However, for both indoor and outdoor growth, the basic requirements are light, heat, ventilation, food, and water.

Today, cannabis has come to your doorstep because you can use hydroponics to grow cannabis which simply means growing without soil, using a liquid solution which contains all the nutrients and mineral required to produce a healthy plant. Many experienced growers prefer hydroponics due to the faster growth rates and larger plant yields. Home-grown horticulturists have gained knowledge in breeding by cross-pollination and nurturing a vast variety of strains. Many breeders now concentrate on developing varieties in the plant by controlling the growth process.

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