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Where Did Cannabis Actually Come From?

Cannabis has been actively growing around the globe for quite some time now, which raises the question of where it first originated.

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During the hunter-gatherer times, our pre-historic people had to sustain themselves only from what the earth supplied. That said, they likely had vast knowledge and understanding of the plants they were domesticating about 12,000 years ago, especially the ones that were of use to them.

Societies would use plants for food, fibrous plants to create useful objects, and medicinal plants to aid in sicknesses, even some with psychoactive effects.

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Although we’re not too sure how our ancient ancestors used cannabis sativa, where the plant was first domesticated recently came to light. According to a peer-reviewed article published on Science Advances this past July, it stated that a group of scientists used whole-genome re-sequencing of 110 strains from around the globe, only to find that the plant was first domesticated in East Asia, modernly known as China.

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Until this recent study, most were under the impression that cannabis was first cultivated and domesticated in Central Asia. However, much like humans can be traced back to Africa; cannabis is traced back to China. In a recent publication by Nature, they shared that the conclusions of cannabis’ roots are ‘relatively new.’

September 20, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
Written by Herb
September 20, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
Written by Herb
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