Marijuana Can Be Traced Back Thousands Of Years Essay

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The cultivation and use of marijuana can be traced back thousands of years. The first evidence of the cultivation of marijuana for dates back to about 12,000 years ago in what is present day Central Asia in the regions of Mongolia and southern Siberia, but the first evidence of cannabis production for medicinal use is from 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung. Emperor Nung wrote about the effectiveness that the plant had on reducing his pain from rheumatism and gout. There’s also evidence that the ancient Egyptians would also use the plant for medicinal purposes. It’s documented that the Egyptians used cannabis to treat sore eyes and cataracts, the latter is still being treated with medical marijuana. It’s also documented that Egyptian women used cannabis as a medication to relieve sorrow and bad humor. Cannabis was first brought to Europe around 2,800 years ago. The Greeks make mention of it as a remedy for earache, edema, and inflammation in 200 B.C. From there marijuana went to Britain during the 5th century Anglo-Saxon invasions. All the aforementioned states depended on marijuana as a means of medicinal treatment, but nonetheless recreational use of the plant occurred. From Europe, marijuana made its way over to the America’s via the Spanish in the mid-1500s and the English introduced it at Jamestown in 1611, where it became a popular commercial crop alongside tobacco. Later on in 1799, Napoleon brought marijuana back to France from Egypt where it was investigated…

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