ORIGINS OF CANNABIS
- The oldest known written record on cannabis use comes from the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 BCE (before current era)
- Ancient Greeks and Romans were also familiar with cannabis, while in the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa
- In 1545 cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fiber
- In North America cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown on many plantations for use in rope, clothing and paper
- Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. It has been used for paper, textiles, and cordage for thousands of years. In fact, the Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a scrap of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BCE.