The Manuscript: A Brief American History of Cannabis

Elements of the ancient Sumerian Culture of the Near East used cannabis for religious purposes. The plant assisted in giving man the ability of introspection, which the Sumerians saw as divine messages from their gods.

Cannabis is an ancient medicine that has been used for years in treating a variety of ailments. The exact region where cannabis use originated is difficult to place; some believe cannabis originated in central Asia. Extensive documentation of its usage in China points to Asia as the point of origin of cannabis use.


Depiction of Emperor Shen Nung (2838 – 2698 B.C.)

Emperor Shen Neng of China  was prescribing tea infused with cannabis extract for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, and malaria as early as 2727 B.C.. The popularity of cannabis then spread throughout various parts of the world, including the Middle East and the eastern coast of Africa. A number of Hindu sects in India also used cannabis for religious purposes and stress relief. Ancient doctors have documented prescribed cannabis for conditions that range from toothaches to childbirth…

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