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Marijuana Facts: A Brief History of Cannabis

Marijuana Facts

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Marijuana is one of the earliest plants cultivated by man

12000 BCE:

LA-Confidential-7The Neolithic people of Yuan-shan (near modern Taiwan) used hemp in pottery making.

8000 BCE:

Hemp fabric was found in Mesopotamia, and was mentioned in Assyrian scripts from the time.

4000 BCE:

Hemp rope and textiles permeate life in China

2700 BCE:

The worlds oldest pharmacopeia, the pen-ts’ao ching Lists Marijuana as a treatment for:

  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Malaria
  • and more

1500 BCE:

Many Egyptian papyrus’s refer to cannabis use as an:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • treatment for glaucoma
  • ointment

1000 BCE:

The Indian text The Atharva Veda lists marijuana as one of the 5 sacred plants it is referred to as:

  • Source of Happiness
  • Donator of Joy
  • Bringer of Freedom

shake-writing-2In India, they used Cannabis for as an:

  • Analgesic
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Tranquilizer
  • Anesthetic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibiotic
  • antiparasite
  • antispasmodic
  • appetite stimulant
  • diuretic
  • aphrodisiac
  • anaphrodisiac
  • antitussive
  • expectorant


In Syria Cannabis was used as:

  • incense.
  • for swellings and bruises,
  • depression,
  • impotence,
  • arthritis,
  • kidney stones,
  • ‘female ailment’
  • the ‘annulment of witchcraft’


Hebrew people use Cannabis (kaneh-bosm) to make holy anointing oil

700 BCE

The Zoroastrian Zendavesta, an ancient Persian religious text,  refers to Cannabis as the “good narcotic.”

430 BCE

Herodotus reports on both ritual and recreational use of Cannabis by the Scythians and Thracians.

Stating about the Thracians: “for when they have parties and sit around a fire, they throw some of it into the flames, and as it burns it smokes like incense, and the smell of it makes them drunk just as wine does us; and they get more and more intoxicated as more fruit is thrown on, until they jump up and start dancing and singing.”

79 CE

Roman Historian Pliny the Elder’s “The Natural History” mentions hemp rope and marijuana’s analgesic effects.

70 CE

cannabis-factsNero’s physician, Dioscorides, lists medical marijuana in his Pharmacopoeia.

170 AD

Roman Physician Gallen Aelius Galenus Wrote in De Facultatibus Alimentorum (the properties of foodstuff) that the Romans ate cannabis pastries at their banquets “to promote hilarity”

800 CE

Arabic Doctors used Cannabis to treat migraines, aches and pains, and as a muscle relaxer

An ancient Arabic proverb asserts that, “A pipeful of kief before breakfast gives a man the strength of a hundred camels in the courtyard”

In medieval Europe

Marijuana was a popular folk remedy for toothaches to facilitate childbirth, to reduce convulsions, fevers, inflammations, and swollen joints and to cure rheumatism and jaundice.

1492 CE

Christopher Columbus carried Cannabis seeds on his expedition to the New World as a source of raw supplies in case of a shipwreck.

1640 CE

English Botanist John Parkinson describes Cannabis as effective for treating tumors. He also says it is useful for treating joint pain, muscle pain, and (when mixed in oil or butter) for treating burns.


1st US President George Washington said “Make the most of the Indian Hemp seed,… and sow it everywhere!”


Queen Victoria was prescribed Cannabis for her menstrual cramps by physician Sir Russell Reynolds who said “When pure and administered carefully, Cannabis is one of the of the most valuable medicines we possess”


The US Government distributed 400,000 pounds of Cannabis seeds to US Farmers who grew 42,000 tons of Hemp for the war effort.


US President Richard Nixon passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act declaring marijuana a schedule 1 narcotic with NO medicinal value.



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