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Curious about the history of cannabis? Here’s a timeline that looks at some of the more notable uses and origins to date.

 A Historical Timeline of the Origins of Cannabis

The Historical Origins of Cannabis

By The Stoner's Cookbook

With the legalization of cannabis spreading globally, education is key. Part of this education is looking at the history and the origins of marijuana use. Here are some key (and surprising!) facts.

  • Cannabis May Have Been the First Agricultural Crop

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    10,000 years ago: In the area of modern day Taiwan, the use of hemp cords in pottery was identified at an ancient village dating back 10,000 years.

  • Origins of Eating Cannabis – Bhang

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    2,000-800 BCE: Bhang (dried leaves, seeds and stems) is mentioned in the Hindu sacred text Atharvaveda as "Sacred Grass". It's one of the 5 sacred plants of India and is used as an offering to Shiva.

  • Recreational Use by the Scythians

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    430 BCE: Herodotus reports on both ritual and recreation use of cannabis by the Scythians, Iranian equestrian tribes who were mentioned as inhabiting large areas in the central Eurasian Steppes.

  • Cannabis and the Journey of Marco Polo

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    1271-1295: Marco Polo gives second-hand reports of the story of Hasan ibn al-Sabbah and his assassins using hashish. This is the first time reports of cannabis are brought to the attention of Europe.

  • Angolan Slaves Utilizing Cannabis in Brazil

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    1549: Angolan slaves brought cannabis with them to the sugar plantations of north eastern Brazil. They were permitted to plant their cannabis between rows of cane, and to smoke it between harvests.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte and Cannabis

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    1798: Napoleon Bonaparte discovers that much of the Egyptian lower class uses hashish habitually. Soldiers returning to France bring the tradition with them, and he declares total prohibition.

  • Arrival in the United States

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    20th Century: Cannabis came to the United States. It arrived in the south west U.S. from Mexico, with immigrants fleeing during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911.

  • Illegality in the U.S.

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    1915: The plant was first outlawed in Utah in 1915, and by 1931 it was illegal in 29 states. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act put cannabis under regulation of the DEA.

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