There’s evidence to support the claim that cannabis has been around for 28 million years.
Some of the first writings referencing it are dated 3000 BC. To say there’s a significant history when it comes to cannabis is an understatement. The conversations today about cannabis are, in some ways, very different, and in some ways, very much the same. The villainization of the plant and the manipulation of a false story behind it - that’s a contemporary thing for the US (although, there have been some instances of cannabis falsehoods prior to our domestic century or two of false narratives, so it’s not completely different…). The effects of the plant on humans after consuming, particularly the effects of the cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have remained consistent. It’s important to remember that each human body reacts differently to the wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes, but generally speaking the same effects are frequently witnessed.
Garcia da Orta, a Portuguese botanist turned doctor, published “Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs and Medical Matters of India and of a Few Fruits” in 1563 and in it, he records the psychoactive effects of bangue (cannabis). When recording his observations, he noted, “Those of my servants who took it ... said that it made them so as not to feel work, to be very happy, and to have a craving for food.”
It’s comforting to know that some things do stay the same. Consistent with the conclusions that millions and millions have reached over millions of years about cannabis, the substance triggers temporary feelings that are influenced by the state of the human doing the consuming and can lead to smiling and hunger.
Yup. Prohibition is still not about the plant.
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