Hemp's Ancient History: The One You Won't Get From a Text Book

Cannabis is emerging from it's dark ages in history. A plant that for millennia had been utilized for thousands of textiles, clothing & rope to name a few; in food production for it's seed, leaves, and oils; medicinally to treat numerous ailments like arthritis, gout, epilepsy, headaches, and bronchitis; and even rooted in some of the worlds oldest spiritual practices; is known to many today as a dangerous and useless illicit drug. Most do not know the real history and value of the plant. Now that it is being re-introduced into society, we aim to give you some historical reference, in hopes that it will create a more confident and informed consumer.



While academia argues that humanity migrated out of the central regions of Africa, cannabis use most popularly appears in Asia around 8,000 B.C. Archeological findings place hemp cordage among the tools used to make pottery at the Neolithic site at Yuan-Shan (on the island of Taiwan). Hemp fiber was also used to make fishing nets, ropes, and clothing. Placing hemp at this location, in this time period makes it one of the first known agricultural crops, one that some experts believe led to the formation of civilization itself. By 4,000 B.C. hemp was revered in the Pan-P'o village (near the Yellow River in Northern China) as one of the sacred "five grains" and farmed as a major food crop. The people also used it for textiles such as rope, paper, and oil for lamps. Cannabis plants, seeds, and flowers have been found in burial mounds along the Yellow River and Silk road as well as near the Siberian border. The grave of the Siberian "Ice Mai