Also known as hemp, pot, weed, ganja, bud, Mary Jane, etc…
Marijuana originated in Central and Southern Asia. It was discovered growing in the wild in China. China is known principally for its tea and opium, the great number of its people, it’s massive high-rises, but not really known for the discovery place of marijuana. They were able to spin yarn for clothing, fishing nets, rope and many other uses that we refer to as hemp products.
Traces of people smoking Marijuana go back as far as 4500 B.C.
The first medicinal applications were described two thousand years later!
It was used for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and a number of other disorders. Hemp travelled to Arabia from China, and appeared in the writings of the Greek philosopher Herodote. He describes ritual use of burning hemp by the Syrian Skytes.
Hemp grows everywhere and is used everywhere.
It came to Europe from India and the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages, hemp’s intoxicating effect was described by Boccaccio and Rabelais, among others. Later, it was used by Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, and Alexandre Dumas in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Scholars do not agree as to whether the Spaniards were the original importers of cannabis to America.
It is certainly true that Colombus’ ships were outfitted with hemp rope, and sails made from hemp cloth. The plant spread quickly in America, and at the beginning of the seventeenth century, large-scale hemp plantations proceeded in order to supply the needs of the ship – and clothing industries. Marijuana is big all over the world, used for recreational, medical and industrial use, with many of different countries either already have or are on the verge to legalizing the plant.
In the US, legalizing marijuana has been one of the most talked about subjects for each upcoming election.