Are you wanting a Cannabis History 101? Before hippies, where did it even come from? Well, it has a much longer and richer history than you might think.
- According to the Columbia History of the World (1981), the earliest woven fabrics were made of hemp fiber between 8,000 – 7,000 BCE.
- According to Chinese medicine, there are accounts of medical properties of cannabis as far back as approximately 1,500 BCE, with tales of a mythical emperor first learning of the plant in 2,700 BCE, though this tale is hotly debated. Archeological digs have uncovered a stash of cannabis used for psychoactive properties dating back to 700 BCE. There it was known as Ma, and the flowers were known as Mafen. The (ca. 100 CE) Chinese pharmacopeia Shennong Ben Cao Jing (Shennong’s Classic of Materia Medica) described the use of mafen 麻蕡 “cannabis fruit/seeds”.
- Japanese culture has a long history of cannabis use, from 10,000 BCE. In 8th century AD poetry, ninja used to train by leaping over the