In a new weekly feature on our blog titled ‘Did You Know’, we’ll be sharing some facts, statistics and research on cannabis. Keep staying tuned! This week, we explore the origins of cannabis, do you know how old this plant really is?
The history of cannabis actually dates back as far as 12,000 years, believed to be originating from Central Asia, in the regions of Mongolia. This would make cannabis one of the Earth’s oldest cultivated crops!
For the most part, it was widely used for medicine and spiritual purposes,” during pre-modern times, said Warf, a professor of geography at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. For example, the Vikings and medieval Germans used cannabis for relieving pain during childbirth and for toothaches. [Live Science]
For some interesting information (and debate), here’s an article by Leafly on the origins and controversy surrounding the word ‘marijuana’.