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May 22, 2015

Cannabis: A Journey Through the Ages


The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.
He documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout. Both hemp and psychoactive marijuana were widely used in ancient China. The ancient Chinese used virtually every part of the Cannabis plant: the root for medicine; the stem for textiles, rope and paper making; the leaves and flowers for intoxication and medicine; and the seeds for food and oil. | Ancient Origins

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 22, 2015 7:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And there they sat stoned for ages until Mao took it all away, that the Chinese in their lethargy noticed the world had passed them by.

Posted by: Kelvin [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 22, 2015 11:36 AM

I'd always understood they were opium addicts, especially pre-WW2.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 22, 2015 2:20 PM

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