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07 Feb 2016

10,000-year History of Marijuana utilization in the World

8,000+ BCE Use of hemp cord in pottery identified at ancient village site going back over 10,000 years, perfectly located at the part of contemporary Taiwan. Finding hemp use and cultivation within this time frame puts it as the primary and oldest known human agriculture crops. As explained by Richard Hamilton within the 2009 Scientific American article on sustainable agriculture "Modern humans emerged some 250,000 in the past, yet agriculture is a reasonably recent invention, approximately 10,000 years of age ... Agriculture just isn't natural; it's a human invention. It is usually the basis of modern civilization." Now has also been discussed by Carl Sagan in 1977 when he proposed the possibility that marijuana may have been world's first agricultural crop, ultimately causing the roll-out of civilization itself (see 1977, below).
6,000 BCE Cannabis seeds and oil used for food in China.
4,000 BCE Textiles manufactured from hemp are used in China and Turkestan.

2,737 BCE First recorded utilization of cannabis as medicine by Emperor Shen Neng of China.

2,000-800 BCE Bhang (dried cannabis leaves, seeds and stems) is mentioned in the Hindu sacred text Atharvaveda (Science of Charms) as "Sacred Grass", one of the five sacred plants asia. It is employed by medicinally and ritually just as one offering to Shiva.
1,500 BCE Cannabis cultivated in China for food and fiber. Scythians cultivate cannabis and employ it to weave fine hemp cloth.
700-600 BCE The Zoroastrian Zendavesta, a historical Persian religious text of several hundred volumes is the term for bhang because "good narcotic."
600 BCE Hemp rope appears in southern Russia.
700-300 BCE Scythian tribes leave Cannabis seeds as offerings in royal tombs.


500 BCE Scythian couple die and are buried with two small tents covering containers for burning incense. Mounted on one tent stick was a decorated leather pouch containing wild Cannabis seeds. This closely matches the stories relayed through Herodotus. The gravesite, discovered within the late 1940s, was at Pazryk, northwest in the Tien Shan Mountains in modern-day Khazakstan. Hemp is introduced into Northern Europe from the Scythians. An urn containing leaves and seeds of the Cannabis plant, unearthed near Berlin, is available and dated to around this time around. Usage of hemp products spread all through northern Europe.
430 BCE Herodotus reports for both ritual and recreation usage of Cannabis through the Scythians (Herodotus The Histories 430 B.C. trans. G. Rawlinson).
200 BCE Hemp rope appears in Greece. Chinese Book of Rites mentions hemp fabric.
100 BCE First proof hemp paper, invented in China.
100-0 BCE The psychotropic properties of Cannabis are mentioned from the newly compiled herbal Pen Ts'ao Ching.
0-100 CE Construction of Samaritan gold and glass paste stash box for storing hashish, coriander, or salt, buried in Siberian tomb.
23-79 Pliny the Elder's The Natural History mentions hemp rope and marijuana's analgesic effects.
47-127 Plutarch mentions Thracians using cannabis being an intoxicant.
70 Dioscorides, a health care provider in Nero's army, lists medicinal marijuana in his Pharmacopoeia.
100 Imported hemp rope appears in England.
105 Legend implies that Ts'ai Lun invents hemp paper in China, Two hundred years after its actual appearance (see 100 BCE above).
130-200 Greek physician Galen prescribes medicinal marijuana.
200 First pharmacopoeia with the East lists medical marijuana. Chinese surgeon Hua T'o uses marijuana as a possible anesthetic.
300 A woman in Jerusalem receives medical marijuana during childbirth.
570 The French queen Arnegunde is buried with hemp cloth.


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