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The Cannabis plant was made as a medical treatment used by our ancestors back as hunters and gatherers. It was intake during pregnancy, where the woman takes it to numb the pain. Due to its numbing effect, the plant was also used when someone had a toothache or headache. In this article, we will tell a short story about how this small plant spread through nations.


Overview of Cannabis

Cannabis was used for spiritual processes. For example, in ancient Egypt, the goddess of wisdom named Shestatt was typically portrayed with a cannabis leaf. As a psychoactive plant, the “high” effect of the plant was usually associated with a person’s trance. 

Before the plant has been called a “drug” in some states and countries, it was another plant society was using.

In this article, we will learn the origin of cannabis and how it spread globally. But first, let us clarify what cannabis is. 

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant Cannabaceae. The three most recognizable species of it are Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. There are a lot of strains of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid available in the market right now. .


Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids Differentiated

Sativa. Cannabis sativa can be found in countries or regions with dry and hot climates. Some of these include Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America, and other western areas of Asia. The effects brought by Cannabis sativa include energizing and high feeling, as well as anxiety-reducing. This plant is commonly used when one wants to be creative, high, and productive at work, arts, and more. 

Indica. Cannabis indica can be found in India, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The Indica grows in turbulent, often harsh climates. The plant cannabis Indica is widely used by people who wish to relieve pain from nausea, headache, toothache, body ache, and more. It is also used to increase the appetite of those with eating disorders.

Hybrids. Unlike the Sativa and Indica being natives of a particular region, hybrids differ as it can be grown. This plant can be taken care of by farmers, dedicated growers, and greenhouse owners. Producers usually craft their combinations based on the desired outcome and impact. Generally, hybrids can be used by people to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as reduce the symptoms of radiation in chemotherapy.


Central Asia

It is known that the plant originated from Central Asia, specifically in the areas where Mongolia and south of Siberia are now, where the temperature is harsh, and the elevation is more than usual. This was 12,000 years ago. Scientists have also discovered burnt cannabis seeds in burial sites in Siberia back in 3,000 BC. 


Southeast Asia

From Central Asia, the use of the plant was seen in China, which is just below Mongolia. Since the Chinese were keen on using traditional plant medicine, the use of cannabis was not only recreational and spiritual but also medical in the country. 

It was the advent of trade back in 2000 BC, where farmers residing in the coastal areas of China brought the Cannabis plant to Korea. The plant was introduced to the region around 2,000 BC.


The Middle East and Europe

It was in the 2000 BC and 1400 BC that the plant was introduced in the Middle East. This was because of the nomadic group Scythians, which originated from southern Siberia, the same place where the plant is believed to have originated. 

With the help of China’s Silk Road that passed through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, the plant spread more through trade, sharing, and more. 

From then, the nomad warriors brought the plant into the southeast region of Russia, which is close to the countries Ukraine, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. The group took over the area for many years.

Further east of Ukraine was Germany. German tribes got ahold of the plant and brought it into their country. Since a lot of European countries are landlocked, the spread of cannabis was fast. A lot of these activities happened from 2000 BC to 1200 AD. 


North America

At the dawn of the 20th Century, the plant was introduced to North America. However, the plant came from Mexicans who sought refuge in the United States because of the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to 1911. The plant got to Southern America from African countries, which are below Europe.

The plant was initially considered a dangerous drug in most states. Today, the plant is legalized in over 46 states in the United States, either for medical or recreational. 


To Wrap Up

Globally, there are still a lot of countries that declare the plant illegal. In some countries, while illegal, it is decriminalized or unenforced. In states and countries that the plant is legal, multiple reports have stated the positive effect of the usage of cannabis in terms of tax revenue, productivity, and decrease in drug and alcohol use.

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