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Marijuana in Ancient China

Marijuana in Ancient China

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 Marijuana has a rich history. California's legalization of medical marijuana through Proposition215, and the public debate surrounding it, has brought a renewed interest in the cannabis sativaplant from which marijuana is harvested. The growing public acceptance of medicinal marijuana ishelping to dispel myths about cannabis. Only recently has marijuana been treated like a dangerous drug. Ancient cultures appreciated themany practical and medicinal uses of cannabis. As a food, as a fiber, and as a medicinalpreparation, cannabis has a fascinating history. The history of marijuana use goes back more than ten thousand years to where it appears to haveoriginated: in China. Hemp rope imprints on broken pottery dated at about 10,000 B.C. show oneof the earliest known uses of the plant. Cannabis was widely grown and cultivated in ancientChina. The oldest knows Neolithic culture in China made clothing, fishing nets, and ropes from the hempfibers separated from the stems of Cannabis plants. The fibers could be spun into yarn or woveninto cloth. Hemp fibers were used beginning in the second or first century B.C. to make the firstpaper, which was very sturdy and durable. Cannabis seeds were counted as one of the "five grains" of ancient China, along with barley, rice,wheat, and soybeans. Marijuana seeds were roasted or used to make meal. Cannabis seedscould also be cooked in porridge. These marijuana seeds remained an important part of theChinese diet until they were replaced with higher quality grains in the 10th Century. The ancient Chinese people learned to press marijuana seeds to obtain the oil, which could beused for cooking, lamps, or lubrication. The leftover cannabis residue provided feed for domesticanimals. Medicinal marijuana was also used in ancient China. China's oldest known pharmacological workdescribed marijuana preparations to treat conditions from constipation to malaria. Marijuanatreatments included grinding the roots into a paste for treating pain. Chinese surgeon Hua To evenused the cannabis plant for surgical anesthesia during the second century. The earliest records of the psychoactive effects of marijuana are also found in China, dating backto around 2000 B.C. This document, Materia Medica Sutra, notes that the cannabis seed "if takenin excess" will allow the user to see spirits. "If taken over a long-term, it makes one communicatewith spirits and lightens one's body." Later writers, such as 5th Century Chinese physician T'aoHung Ching, believed that the hallucinatory effects of cannabis, combined with ginseng, wouldallow users to see into the future. California marijuana laws are helping to restore cannabis to its rightful place as a useful andmedicinally valuable plant. Medicine Dispensing System is a touch-screen machine that is placed inside your neighborhood

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