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How Our Ancestors Used the Cannabis Plant

Daniel King

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Cannabis As Used By Our Ancestors

The mainstream use of cannabis might seem like a modern development, but this plant has been used by humankind for thousands of years. In fact, research suggests that cannabis is one of the oldest crops humanity has cultivated and that humans have been growing this plant for around 12,000 years. You might be wondering what our ancestors were doing with this naturally-occurring crop. Read on to find out.

Cannabis Around the Globe

Experts believe that this herb first emerged in Central Asia in what is present-day Mongolia and the southern parts of Siberia. It was widely used in China for many purposes including spiritual and medical. This herb then made its way through a series of trading routes from China to Korea, India, and eventually, the European countries and can now be cultivated in tropical and temperate environments, and even indoors.

In the early 20th century, cannabis reached the United States through Mexico, where it was banned by the American government. However, this herb proved to have valuable characteristics that are beneficial to modern medicine and other sectors. Let us look at how our ancestors used this herb:

  • For Religious Rites

In the Ancient Egyptian times, this herb was associated with various religious and spiritual figures. The Egyptian goddess of wisdom is Sheshatt – she was usually portrayed with a marijuana leaf, perhaps due to its cerebral effects. Experts also found proof of Egyptians consuming this herb during religious rituals.

Aside from Ancient Egypt, there is evidence of the religious application of this plant in other ancient cultures too. In fact, some researchers suggest that Jesus, as a historical figure, advocated the use of Kaneh-Bosem, which was eventually identified as being an extract of cannabis.

Other cultures that placed religious significance on the plant include India, China, and Japan.

  • Cannabis As Industrial Material

This plant has a subspecies called Cannabis sativa L., commonly called hemp. This subspecies has very low psychoactive effects and is rich in fiber, making it perfect for crafting industrial materials. Materials derived from this variety include textile, plastic, paper, rope, food and other similar supplies. Hemp fiber is used to create boat sails and clothes, making it a valuable crop in ancient cultures.

  • In Folk Medicine

From ancient to medieval times, this plant has been integrated into medical practices. In India, cannabis is known as a holy ingredient because of the role it plays in rituals. In fact, the Vedas mentioned this herb as one that ‘releases us from anxiety,’ recognizing its anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects.

The Chinese also found this herb useful in medicine, earning it a place in the Shennong Bencaojing, a medical book that notes the various uses of different parts of the plant. Arabic cultures also applied medical marijuana for illnesses.

  • For Arts and Recreation

One of the most notable users of this herb is none other than the prolific playwright, William Shakespeare. In fact, scientific journals published evidence of cannabis traces in 8 pipes from Shakespeare’s garden. This writer is well known for inventing words and creating original dramas that have stood the test of time, possibly thanks to the brain high given by the marijuana he consumed.

With the cannabis plant being valued by our ancestors in the areas of religion, industry, medicine, and the arts, the legalization of this herb in modern times is well warranted. Today, it is being used to treat serious debilitating illnesses and symptoms including cancer, epilepsy, and arthritis. As such, it has proven itself to be a valuable alternative to medications and a useful addition to medical treatments that can improve the lives of many patients and even ordinary users.

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The Oral Health Benefits of CBD [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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Oral Health Benefits of CBD

Suffering from toothache and gum problems? CBD may be the answer. Known for its potent pain-relief and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can provide great relief for gum and tooth diseases as it reduces irritation and promotes faster healing. Watch this video to know more.

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Does CBD oil work for Gout? | Gout Pain Relief | CBD oil for Gout [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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CBD for Gout

People suffering from gout can find great relief in using CBD. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints and is known to be extremely painful. CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties not only relieves the symptom of gout, but it may also work to prevent its occurrence in the first place.

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Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?

Jordan Webber

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Kratom

Everyone has their daily list of tasks that they need to complete by the time the day is over. But when you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep prior, it makes waking up and getting all the things you need to do done very hard to do. Coffee and caffeine can only do so much. You may be wondering, is there another alternative? If you find yourself desperate for a solution then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to be talking about a plant called Kratom, what it is and how it affects your energy. We’ll also be discussing other potential benefits this herb may possess.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is an evergreen tree that is a part of the coffee family. It is native throughout Southeast Asia, and it is commonly found in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Kratom is known for its euphoric like effects and the health benefits it possesses. Although Kratom is legal in the United States and sold in many alternative medicine stores, it is illegal in numerous parts of Southeast Asia due to a lack of testing and knowledge about this plant.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not yet approved Kratom for medical use because there have been few clinical trials to fully understand the herb. People take Kratom for a variety of reasons. Some use it for purely recreational purposes, whereas other people use it for pain relief or try to substitute it for opioids or to treat withdrawal symptoms. Kratom is a highly controversial substance that hasn’t been researched enough to know the long term effects.

Kratom For Energy

There are three main strains of Kratom. These strains include red, green, and white variations. The best strain for energy or motivation is white Kratom. Some people state that when taken in small doses, white Kratom makes them feel energized, focused, and sociable when they otherwise won’t be. But when taken in higher doses, people have reported feeling calmness, euphoria, and even sedation, which isn’t good when you are trying to be focused and energized. It is advised if you do plan on taking Kratom of energy, motivation, and focus, that you choose white Bali Kratom. It is one of the milder types of Kratom but will give you the boost that you need. There is also white Maeng Da Kratom or white Borneo which are more potent but they are also good for boosting your energy if taken in small doses.

Other Benefits Of Kratom

Along with Kratom having great energizing properties, it also some other benefits. First of all, many people say that Kratom is a great relief for chronic muscle pain because it works like a sedative in relaxing your muscles. Another thing that people use Kratom for is treatment for anxiety and depression as it can energize you and make you crave more social interaction. Of course, none of these are scientifically proven, but people that actively use Kratom have stated these benefits.

In conclusion, although the Kratom plant is quite a controversial herb, it can have amazing benefits and qualities and may be a useful source for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, treatment for drug addicts, and an energizer. Many people in today’s age are opting for natural path options instead of modern-day medicine, and this could be the new up and coming natural medication. With further research and clinical trials, this plant may one day be approved by the FDA and become as common as THC and CBD are becoming.

The effects are said to usually start within 10 minutes after ingesting the plant and can last up to one and half hour.

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