Where Did Cannabis Originate From?

Where did cannabis originate from?

Marijuana was first documented by the Chinese in 2900 B.C., where it was used as a medicine. It is believed that the Chinese used marijuana as a medicine because they thought that it had healing properties. It is considered one of the oldest recorded medicinal uses of marijuana.

Who Introduced Cannabis In Europe?

The first documented use of cannabis in the west occurred in a French pharmaceutical journal in 1842. The author was Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau, a French psychiatrist, and neurologist who had studied marijuana extensively and prescribed it to patients with various mental conditions.

Napoleon brought cannabis to Europe from Egypt in the early 1800s. In Napoleon’s time, the psychoactive properties of cannabis were largely unknown outside of Egypt, where it had been used as an ingredient in religious rituals for thousands of years.

However, Napoleon had heard reports from his troops about how they felt after smoking cannabis while stationed in Egypt during their war against Mameluke leader Ibrahim Pasha (1789–1848).

After returning home from his campaign with some blunts, he later experimented with them himself. According to legend, he spent an entire evening sitting alone on his balcony smoking one pipe after another filled with hashish before falling asleep under its influence. Afterwhich, the awakening feeling refreshed him without any signs of hangover or impairment the following day.

Mexican Immigrants Brought Cannabis Into The US

Immigrants brought cannabis into the US

Marijuana has a long history of being used for recreational purposes.

In the early 1900s, people in Mexico migrated to the United States, bringing a recreational tradition of smoking marijuana. 

Marijuana was associated with Mexican immigrants and Black jazz musicians, who became known for their ability to play instruments and music that no one had ever heard before. Marijuana use was also associated with bohemian artists and intellectuals like writers Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs and hippies during the 1960s counterculture movement.

Marijuana Ban In The US 

In 1937, the United States government placed marijuana on its first list of Schedule I drugs. 

At the time of cannabis prohibition, marijuana was believed to cause violence and psychosis in users. And worse yet—it was thought they were predisposed to using more dangerous substances after trying marijuana. However, that was not the case.

In the 1960s, Cannabis Became Popular in Europe.

Cannabis use in the US

In the 1960s, marijuana became common among white college students, bohemian artists, and intellectuals. Many believed that using “natural” mind-altering substances represented a step toward more great spiritual and political enlightenment. 

The drug was also popularized by groups such as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Beatles. All of these people were actively opposed to government control over their lives. Many were involved in protests against the Vietnam War.

 The association between cannabis use and anti-government sentiment has affected how governments view marijuana users today. For instance, medical cannabis remains illegal in most countries even though it has been proven safe for humans since 1964.

However, today several organizations are working toward further legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. 

Current Cannabis Legalization Landscape In The US

As of May 2022, recreational marijuana use is legal in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Maine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Guam
  • Vermont
  • Illinois
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • New Mexico

The states below have legalized medical marijuana:

As of May 2022, 37 US states have made legal the use of medical marijuana: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Maine, California, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Dakota, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington.

In addition, the Columbia District and Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands,  Guam, and the Virgin Islands territories allow medical marijuana use.

However, each jurisdiction has unique criteria that define cannabis use, and the conditions cannabis may be used for.

Advancements in Cannabis Dabbing Methods

The popularity of dabbing has led to the development of several new tools and delivery methods. Some examples include:

E-banger nail

E-nails - A device that heats your wax concentrate, allowing you to take dabs without using a torch. E-nails are an alternative method for consuming cannabis concentrate that is gaining momentum.

Pollinator - 3 in 1 Vape Pen

Wax Vape Pen - A portable vaporizer that can be used with cannabis concentrates. The basic design involves a silk pen with simple parts for you to carry with you. Wax vape pens may also be called vape dabbers or dab pens.

Bee-rig dab rig

Dab Rigs - Several rigs on the market are made from different materials. A basic dab rig setup may include an e-nail, a dome, a joint, and a banger. Unlike wax vape pens, dab rigs are not ideal for dabbing while on the move. 


So there you have it: a brief history of the origin of cannabis. Did we miss anything? Should we make another brief history about something else? Is there something that would interest you? Do let us know! We hope this article has been an enjoyable and informative addition to your knowledge base.

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