A Broad History of Hemp and its Uses

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We see so much in current events about CBD, so we thought we would share a brief history piece about CBD and the hemp plant…

When people hear the word “hemp”, some of them blush and giggle, since the plant’s peculiar properties are widely known. These pointy green leaves are often called marijuana and cannabis. The history of this weed – or shrub, to be precise – traces back more than a thousand years.

Hemp’s appearance is even recognized by children, its image is often printed on clothes and accessories, and the plant itself is often used as fabric for hats, clothes, paper, as well as a recreational drug. The first hemp-related discoveries were made by archaeologists in Taiwan.

Allusions to the fact that marijuana was used as a drug can be found in the writings of Herodotus. The plant’s medical uses are attributed to the Chinese, mainly emperor Shen Nung, who lived in approximately 3rdCentury BC. Hemp’s description and its medical properties can be seen in the history of several cultures. Most notably, it was used to treat various diseases, such as depression, cough, headaches, nervous diseases, lethargy and others. Though now it’s impossible to determine whether marijuana helped patients treat their ailments back in the day, today this plant is widely used in the production of medical and cosmetic products.

Doctors used hemp products to help their patients in the distant past, while marijuana’s relaxing effects helped treat spasms and muscle tensions. In some cultures, women would even smoke cannabis before giving birth to ease their labor. It’s hard to imagine something like this happening today, but high mortality rates in previous centuries forced doctors to use any available methods of treatment and longevity.

Thanks to its countless useful properties, hemp was highly valued between the 16thand 18thCenturies. Not only was it consumed for various reasons, it was used to create necessary ship attributes, such as sails, ropes, and cords. Despite its broad use since the ancient times, hemp only began to be used in pharmacology by western countries in the 19thCentury. Marijuana began to be universally prohibited in the middle of the 20thCentury. since detailed studies unveiled its narcotic properties.

Today, hemp is actively cultivated and used in the production of paper, thread and rope, clothes and accessories, as well as pharmacology and cosmetology. Hemp seeds are used in food, while hemp oil is a popular cosmetic ingredient, and its fibrous structure allows for the wide use of its leaves and stems. Most countries prohibit marijuana storage and consumption of marijuana in pure form for relaxation and drug purposes. However, there are still places where you can legally keep and use cannabis in established amounts.  These include the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, Argentina, Uruguay, and certain American states.

The issue of whether the consumption of marijuana in its pure form harms the body and mind is still ongoing. Many studies seem to be clashing and are unable to give a precise answer, until we can get one we will continue doing our part to help with the research!!

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