Saturday, April 25, 2015

The First Recorded History of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis was first used for rope, textiles and food. Hemp cord pottery was found in modern day Taiwan dating back to 8,000 BC. Humans have existed for 250,000 years. Signs of cultivation has only been dated back to 8,000 BC. In 1977 Carl Sagan stated that marijuana could have possibly been the first agricultural crop of modern civilization. Cannabis used as food dates back to 6,000 BC. Seeds and oil were found in the region of China during this period.(Source)

In 2900BC the legend stated that the first record of marijuana used for medicinal purposes was from Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi. In 2727BC Chinese Emporer Shen Nung (also known as Shennong) recognized marijuana for its healing benefits. China did not have a written system until the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046BC). Any written record of Fu Hsi or Shennong was past down from oral stories and mythology hundreds of years later.

Fu Hsi was the first mythical Chinese Emporer that stated cannabis was a popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang. According to written accounts, Shennong was a mythological figure also known as the Emperor of Five Grains. He is a deity that is accredited discovering agriculture including the invention of the plow, ax and digging wells. Shennong was said to have ingested herbs and record how they reacted to his body including cannabis.(Source)

The first recorded use of cannabis for medicinal use dates back to 1500 BC. The pharmacology book called the Rh-Ya is the first writing that affirms the medicinal properties of cannabis. Fifty years later the Book of Exodus in the Bible was thought to have been written. The scripture (Exodus 30:20-23) describes a holy anointing oil recipe that has Kaneh-bosem. Many historians believe the written term Kaneh-bosem refers to modern day cannabis. This anointed oil had healing properties.(Source)


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