Marijuana has been around for a while. Actually, cannabis and hemp have both been used for a really, really long time. It’s amazing actually, looking back through old historical records, books, and scrolls from thousands of years ago, to see that cannabis has always been extremely popular.
Since the history of weed goes back farther than most of us could possibly imagine, it stands to reason that there is still plenty we don’t know. Even in this day and age, with a plethora of information readily available on the internet, there are a lot of things even the most experienced toker would be surprised to learn. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to delve deeper into the life and times of marijuana to find out just how many facts there are that even we didn’t know.
What was the first mention of weed as far as history is concerned? When and where did it first appear? Who used it and what for? All of this and more will be answered as we begin our grand adventure into weedland by taking a look at the cannabis timeline.
God created weed and hemp. Well, maybe. The jury is still out on that one, but what we do know is that the first proof we have of cannabis being used to make hemp was sometime between 10,000 and 8,000 BCE.
In what is now modern day Taiwan, once stood a small village. Upon discovering this ancient town, archeologists found a number of pieces of broken pottery. Pressed into these pots were strips of hemp cord, seemingly used as decoration.
Archeologists working on the site also discovered several long, rod-shaped tools that strongly resembled those used to separate hemp fiber from the stalk. This finding is widely regarded to be concrete evidence that hemp is one of the oldest crops there is. In fact, since agriculture is only about 10,000 years old, hemp may well be the crop that led to the development of modern agriculture as we know it.
After 10,000-ish BCE, as the saying goes, it was all history from there. Trust me, if I went over every minute detail that’s known about the background of marijuana, I’d have to put it in a very thick book filled with very tiny print. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to write that and you probably don’t have the time to read it. So, what follows is an abridged walkthrough of some of the more interesting highlights of cannabis and hemp history through the ages.
And that brings us right up to the 1800’s, when hemp plantations across America thrived. The reign of hemp and marijuana in the U.S. didn’t last long however. Little did George Washington know that a little over 150 years after he grew hemp on his own plantation, it and every other variation of the cannabis plant would become illegal in the United States. Within a very short time, we transitioned from a country that knew and reaped the benefits of cannabis to one that feared and vilified it, completely disregarding its use as a medicine and economic cash crop.
Despite the tumultuous history of marijuana and hemp in the United States, it hasn’t always been bad news for our favorite plant. There are many countries around the world that have always sung the praises of cannabis and held it in high regard. With such widespread use, it’s no surprise that there are some pretty interesting stories surrounding marijuana. So, since we’ve already covered the heavy stuff, let’s take a look at some of the fun facts about cannabis that you probably never knew before!
You may have known some of these facts and some were probably a surprise to you. Either way, it’s clear that once you dive into it, the history of marijuana is far more interesting than you might have expected. And the best part? We’re still writing it.
Years from now, our descendants will look back. They’ll read about the fight that is going on in America today and see how hard we fought for common sense marijuana legislation. If you want to contribute to the next chapter of the cannabis history book, now is the time. Stand up, make your voice heard, and push for marijuana reform in your state. There’s power in numbers and, as cheesy as it sounds, when we all band together, we can truly accomplish anything.