Perspective: Humanity’s relationship with cannabis dates to pre-history – how far we can’t yet say. Evidence to date has established that we’ve been raising and using the plant for varied purposes for at least 10,000 years…
…which is as long as humans have continually grown anything, and for as long as we’ve grown crops for medicinal, food and textile products purposes…!
Today, legal uses are far more widespread than anytime since the early 20th century and expanding steadily as important medical applications are becoming well-established, industrial uses re-emerging and some states are choosing to roll back prohibition altogether.
So after overcoming much of 80 years of counterproductive prohibition (where it never went away, anymore than alcohol did during its prohibition), the odds that cannabis will ever cease to be an important crop – for as long as people grow crops – are pretty much nil.
And with that in mind, the historical summary in the linked article starts here:
“8,000+ BCE Use of hemp cord in pottery identified at ancient village site dating back over 10,000 years, located in the area of modern day Taiwan. Finding hemp use and cultivation in this date range puts it as one of the first and oldest known human agriculture crops.
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….”
And from there the story shows how cannabis has remained part of human history in societies all over the globe ever since.
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See full article – The 10,000-year World History of Hemp and Cannabis