The use of Cannabis as a medicinal supplement has been part of the history of humanity dating back to at least 2900 BCE, with the Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi calling it “Ma,” the Chinese word for Cannabis; as it was used as a popular medicine. More research has showed that as far back as 8000 BCE hemp was used in pottery located in what is the modern day Taiwan. As explained by Richard Hamilton in the 2009 Scientific American article on sustainable agriculture “Modern humans emerged some 250,000 years ago, yet agriculture is a fairly recent invention, only about 10,000 years old … Agriculture is not natural; it is a human invention. It is also the basis of modern civilization.” This point was also touched on by Carl Sagan in 1977 when he proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself. Cannabis was found on the mummy of Ramesses II, who died in 1213 BC; cannabis was used in Ancient Egypt for glaucoma, inflammation, and pain during menstruation. In India, around 600 BCE, cannabis was used to quicken the mind, prolong life, lower fevers, cure dysentery and inducing sleep. In his book, Cannabis, 2002, Jonathon Green states, “The first major work to lay out the uses of cannabis in [Indian] medicine was the Ayurvedic [a system of Indian medicine] treatise of Sushruta Samhita written in 600 BC… Within the Sushrita, cannabis is cited as an anti-phlegmatic and a cure for leprosy.”
exports of early America. In Robert Deitch’s book, “Hemp American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History” (2003), he uncovers George Washinton’s diaries in which he states, “[George] Washington’s diary entries indicate that he grew hemp at Mount Vernon, his plantation, for about 30 years [approximately 1745-1775]. According to his agricultural ledgers, he had a particular interest in the medicinal use of Cannabis, and several of his diary entries indicate that he indeed was growing Cannabis with a high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content – marijuana.” The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper!