Published on: 08/5/16
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From prehistoric man to Endoca oil today: a brief history
The knowledge of the benefits of hemp oil as a medicine dates back to prehistoric times. This knowledge has culminated in the scientific extraction and production of Endoca CBD oil.
9000 BC Japan and Eastern Europe
The Daily Mail reports on the review of research papers revealing that cannabis’s pollen, fruit and fiber were used in both Japan and Eastern Europe between 11,500 and 10,200 years ago. This sheds light on a history that goes back further than was previously believed, as it was commonly believed that cannabis was first used in China or Central Asia.
Scientists say traces of cannabis use date back to around 11,000 years ago in both Europe and Asia where our ancestors already experimented with the uses of the plant.
5000 BC India
As in India the use of the plant dates back to as early as 5000 BC. The stems were used for fiber to make cloth, its fruit for food and oil and its resin for medicine. The use as medicine is documented in the ‘ Sushrita’ compiled at around 1,000 BC as well as in the texts of Tajnighuntu and Rajbulubha. Where it is described as a cure for phlegm, used to treat flatulence, sharpening memory, increasing eloquence and stimulate appetite.
2000 BC Middle East
A nomadic Indo-European group, the Scythians, used cannabis and brought it to the Middle East. They could also have spread it to Russia and Ukraine when they occupied the territories. Germanic tribes brought it to Germany and from there to Britain during Anglo-Saxon invasion in the 5th centaury.
“Cannabis seeds have also been found in the remains of Viking ships dating to the mid-ninth century,” Warf wrote in the study.
When did cannabis get to the USA?
It is believed that cannabis was first cultivated in the US in 1619 when colonists were ordered to grow 100 plants per person for the export trade. It became an important agricultural crop, and farmers were actively encouraged to grow it particularly during times of war.
How did it become illegal?
It is important to distinguish between the varieties of the cannabis plant. The two most familiar ones are Cannabis sativa, known as marijuana, which has psychoactive properties and cause people to get high. And the other is Cannabis sativa L. (The L was added in honor of botanist Carl Linnaeus) and is commonly known as hemp, a non-psychoactive subspecies of the Cannabis plant with many uses says Barney Warf author of “Marijuana’s History: How One Plant Spread Through the World”.
American law never distinguished between the different varieties of the cannabis plant. And in 1931 it was outlawed.
“Many early prejudices against marijuana were thinly veiled racist fears of its smokers, often promulgated by reactionary newspapers,” Warf wrote in his report.
The rich history of the cannabis plant is what inspires Endoca oil to forge ahead because it holds such great potential. The rediscovery of the beneficial face of cannabis represents a step that will be helpful to the welfare mankind.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).