I found the best website today that contains a timeline on the history of marijuana and its use for medical treatment. Guess when the earliest use of medical marijuana was recorded. I’ll give you a hint – it was a very, very long time ago. Think it was in the last 100 – 200 years? Ha!
Let’s go back all the way to 2900 BC. That’s not a typo. That’s right, 2900 BC. That’s 4,914 years ago. Wow. (I even used my calculator. ;-0)
I found this very interesting, and wanted to share this with whoever stumbles across this blog or posts. I also want to thank the folks at ProCon.org for researching and publishing the history of cannabis that I’ll share with you.
In 2900 BC, the Chinese Emporer Fu Hsi referenced marijuana as a popular medicine. “Ma” is the Chinese word for Cannabis. He said marijuana was a popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang.
If marijuana was used over 4,914 years ago, why aren’t we using this natural plant to help heal people? It just doesn’t seem right.
Now we’ll jump 200 years to the Chinese Emporer Shen Nung, who was considered the “Father of Chinese medicine.” He discovered marijuana’s healing properties, as well as two other herbal medicines, Ginseng and Ephedra.
It wasn’t until 1500 BC that a written reference to medical marijuana appeared in the Chinese “Pharmacopeia.”
But it’s the following information that really caught my attention: The Book of Exodus referenced holy anointing oil made from cannabis! Yes, that’s right. The holy anointing oil, described in the original Hebrew version in Exodus (30:22-23), apparently contained over six pounds of “kaneh-bosem,” (cannabis), and was extracted into six quarts of olive oil, also containing other fragrant herbs. The anointed were literally drenched in this potent, fragrant mixture.
I’m not going to share the entire timeline in one post, but you can bet I’ll share other tidbits about the history of marijuana in other posts.
It wasn’t until prohibition time that some folks put a negative spin on marijuana, right here in the United States. Over 4,000 years of use and suddenly this herb, this weed, this plant, this naturally-growing substance, is bad? I think not!
It’s high time we get the facts out, the truth – that marijuana CAN and SHOULD be used to help treat those suffering. Just like me.
Please help spread the word.
And yes, pun intended. 😀