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The Deep Roots of Marijuana in Our History

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The History of Marijuana

There is a source that indicates the history of marijuana goes back to around 2700 B.C in the ancient world.

It shows marijuana being used for medicinal purposes in Ancient China.

Even though it was used for medical purposes, there is no doubt that people used marijuana for personal purposes as well.

History shows that it took quite some time for marijuana to travel around to other civilizations.

The early civilizations were in a state of growth and it was believed that marijuana was spread from China to the civilization of India and then proceeded through Asia and took a turn into North Africa.

Finally, this drug came to Europe in the late 6 century A.D.

There was use of marijuana in the Roman Empire, but after the collapse of the Roman Empire, it took the newly found kingdoms some time until they welcomed it.

The history of medical marijuana

The earliest records show that medicinal marijuana was first used in China, with sources pinpointing the year to 2737 BC.

This is according to the writings of the then Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.

The same way it was used today, it was also used back then for medical purposes to relax and heal patients.

History of marijuana with Muslims

Muslims have had an interesting history with marijuana.

The Quran banned alcohol, so the Muslims indulged in marijuana, and it became widespread in Muslim countries.

They developed the word ‘hashish’, which is a simile for marijuana.

From hashish, we obtain the word Hashashins, i.e. the assassins, a group of people who smoked marijuana and killed people.

Marijuana spread quickly from Asia to North Africa and the people living there accepted it as it was a substance other than alcohol that achieved a level of relaxation and enjoyment.

History of Marijuana in America

The world introduced marijuana to America, and in exchange, America introduced tobacco to the world.

Hemp and marijuana are both produced from the cannabis plant.

It was an important product during the establishment of America, and in 1619, Virginia made it a legal requirement for every farm in the colony to grow hemp.

Around this period, the plant could be used as a form of currency in a number of states in America.

Around 1910 in America the drug started to become popularized after Mexican refugees brought it into the country when they left Mexico.

In the 1930s it became even more popular with the rise of black jazz and it was in enshrined in the hit song Reefer man. It became well known in the clubs around America and it developed parallel with Jazz music. There were marijuana clubs coming out in many major cities and marijuana wasn’t illegal.

Also in the 1930s, bureaucrats began to target minority communities and turn their attention towards marijuana. A campaign was commenced to portray the drug as a threat to the already crippled country and laws were put in place to make it illegal.

In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, making the plant illegal in the United States of America.

Martin Booth (2003). Cannabis: A History
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