The History of Cannabis
Cannabis is considered to be one of the first cultivated plants in human history, a fact many are unaware of.
For thousands of years, these plants were cultivated for their seeds, fibre & flowers, used by ancient people for clothing, paper, rope and so very much more.
Plants found use across SE Asia as spiritual enhancers, and were popular for religious rituals. Biblical scholars insist that the “holy herb” commonly referred to in numerous Bible verses is the cannabis plant itself, as it was a common crop in the region and its psychotropic properties were well known. This is supported by the named ingredient in the holy anointing oil in the Bible which is referred to as kaneh-bosem according to Exodus 30:22-30, a derivative of which would become qannabōs, the precursor word to cannabis.
Coptic Christians, Shintos, Hindus, Buddhists, Sufis, Zoroastrians, Jews and Rastafarians, among many others, consider cannabis to have religious value.
Its uses throughout history included analgesia, a childbirth anesthetic, a treatment for migraines, indigestion and insomnia.
In Eastern Europe and Western Asia, the sativa plant was mainly bred for seed oil and hemp fibre. In SE Asia, where the indica plant was bred for stronger psychotropic properties, cannabis found its use as one of the most important crops to the developing Asian people and culture.
Cannabis has been found in Japanese tombs dating back to 8000 BCE, and it was a well-documented recreational herb in India and China as early as 2800 BCE. The Chinese Emperor Shennong even wrote about the plant in 2737 BCE in what is considered the first known pharmacopeia, Shennong Bencaojing, or “The Classic of Herbal Medicine,” referring to it as a staple of Asian culture and giving instructions on grinding cannabis roots down to a paste for use with pain relief.
The ancient Scythians, Thracians and Dacians used the plant heavily as well, whose kapnobatai (“those who walk on smoke”) burned cannabis flowers to induce a trance for rituals.
An Egyptian mummy dating to circa 1,000 BCE was surprisingly found to still have trace amounts of THC from hashish in its hairs, bones and soft tissues due to its preservation. In 440 BCE, Herodotus wrote about the ancient tradition of cannabis steam baths being a popular pastime throughout the Mediterranean area.
In 400 BCE, it was discovered in archaeological Ayurvedic mixtures in India, used to treat headaches.
In 79 CE, the Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote in Naturalis Historia that cannabis root was boiled in water for joint cramps, gout and acute pain relief.
Cannabis saw frequent use for centuries in numerous cultures, and was described by the German mystic, abbess and philosopher Hildegard Von Bingen as a miracle herb in Physica, circa 1101 CE.
The difference in use likely stems solely from climate and available resources in the areas of settlement. Cultures across SE Asia had many alternatives for food and fibre, so they selected cannabis plants for their psychotropic properties as a spiritual aid.
Whether its Hemp with no THC or Sinsemilla high in THC these humble plants have a history that should not be forgotten due to nothing other than governmental control historically.
All species of the plants have so many and varied uses. Our Body & Hair Butter utilises the seedoil from the Hemp plant to deliver a soothing, hydrating and moisturising multi purpose butter. While the fibre is blended with organic cotton for our luxurious hand crafted bedlinen.
They knew all that time ago that it was useful for pain, inflammation, illness, skin condions, and general health.
With the colder weather rolling in, there is no better time to try our HerbButteryBalm for all that winter brings with it...
Cannabis is being released worldwide and it's just a matter of time before Australia opens the door to this wondrous botanical marvel, so get your history buff on and get moving with the times....both historically and present. :)