Humans and cannabis have evolved and grown together for thousands of years. Cannabis production in Taiwan dates back over 3000 years. Used to create fiber, rope, food and medicine, religious practices as well as recreational use. Yes even 3000 years ago the psychoactive properties were sought after.
Cannabis has been part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
The two strains we’re interested in took different paths throughout history to end up here. There is a lot of debate lately about these plants and if they are actually sub-species. Time, geography, climate may be the only factors that affected the plant’s properties. What matters is that cannabis spread like a weed around the world because we took it with us. The sativa strains seem to have made their way east at a low latitude, in warmer climates. These plants tended to be tall with thin leaves and long flowers, which would coincide with warm weather and lots of sun. The Indica strain likely traveled a more Northern route to the east. These shorter plants (compared with Sativa strain) had bigger flowers that were more dense. Most important about these plants was a high resistance to frost, it was this genetic change that allowed North American growers to create plants that could grow anywhere from Newfoundland to California.
Cannabis was used in hundreds of medications prior to 1900 because it worked and was easy to extract for use. So what happened? In 1913 the first bill criminalizing the cultivation of “locoweed” was passed in California. The bill was a major push from the Board of Pharmacy as a way to regulate opiates and psychoactive pharmaceuticals, outright prohibitions on Cannabis began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state. (Wikipedia). Most of the 30's propoganda was the work of Harry Anslinger who wwas hired as the first director of the recently created Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930, Anslinger launched a vigilant campaign against cannabis that would hold steady for the three decades he remained in office. He's quoted as saying:
“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind… Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.
Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
They turned into a racial fight against cannabis and adopted the mexican term marijuana. By 1937 cannabis was illegal in all US States.
In 1970 the US implemented the Controlled Substances Act and added Cannabis to the list of Schedule 1 Drugs. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have no medical benefit. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, marijuana) is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, even though some U.S. states have legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use or for medical use. Included on the Schedule 1 drug list are heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms. Schedule 2 includes Cocaine, Meth-amphetamines and Oxycodone. All of which have huge risk for abuse and their only real purpose is profits. You should really be asking why would this plant that has been providing medical benefits for over 3000 years all of a sudden get ripped out of the hands of Doctors if not to protect pharmaceutical companies bottom line.
Step outside of Facebook, Instagram, Netflix and do your own research. Education is powerful, stop buying in to Reefer Madness and claims that cannabis use can lead to schizophrenia. On the Schizophrenia front the best explanation I’ve heard is that roughly 1% of the population has a predisposition to develop the disorder. This percentage hasn’t changed over time, not even a small blip between say 1960 and today. Statistics are hard to ignore when other data is anecdotal at best. In fact some doctors feel cannabis can help with Schizophrenia.
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We do not promote illegal use of cannabis. Please adhear to the laws in your area.
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