History of cannabis use
An archaeological site in Taiwan, 10,000 years old, contains fragments that testify of use of these plant. They are filled with wires embossed around the edge, believed was made by pressing a rope made of hemp, and the fibers made from cannabis plants across the wet clay.
Hemp cloth was widely used to make clothing in Ancient China.
Chinese emperor Pen Ts’ao in 2800. B.C., claimed to write a Chinese medical textbook. It is claimed to be “Ma” or marijuana was a powerful medicinal plant.
The Siberian tombs contain traces of burnt hemp seed dating back to 3.000 B.C.
Cannabis was administered a first toxiconomic test in 1975 by Carl Linnaeus , while it was described in detail in the Western world at the beginning of the 19th century by medical doctor William O’Shaughnessy, who is known as the cannabis pioneer. He reported to the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta in India in 1839 about the effects of cannabis on humans and officially did studies on the use of the Indian drug gunjah. He also conducted the first clinical trials, giving tinctures to dogs, cats, mice and rabbits.
Cannabis was first became popular and used as drug in Europe when Napoleon’s troops returned from Egypt.