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The History of Hemp or Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot Essay

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There are many different words for what was originally considered, “hemp” to the ancient world. Some are, cannabis, marijuana, weed, and pot. Over time, the different words have reflected the views and uses of hemp through different societies and time periods. Hemp dates back to the early Mesopotamian days in what is considered Turkey today. It is the first known plant to be domestically cultivated. According to research, “The oldest relic of human history is hemp fabric dated to 8,000 BCE.” In 1492, Christopher Columbus brought hemp as a rope to America. His ships were full of hemp fabric used for uniforms, parachutes, ropes, sails, baggage, shoes and many more military uses. To free the American colonies from England press,…show more content…
Physicians in the ancient world would prescribe marijuana for childbirth, earaches, headaches and many other pains. Some medical journals from early America even noted suggestions of marijuana seeds and roots for treatment of inflamed skin incontinence and venereal disease.
Marijuana has only been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it has been used and was completely legal for the first 162 years of America’s existence because it was such a common crop. It was not know for use as a recreational drug until the early 1900s. The first law in America regarding cannabis was at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. This law required all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. Shortage of hemp led to the requirement to grow hemp during the years of 1763-1767 to the extent where you could be sent to jail for not growing cannabis. The government pushed people to grow cannabis later on because it was such an essential crop during the war. At the time, hemp was accepted as legal tender in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland and could even be used to pay taxes. Over time, marijuana became an ingredient in many medical drugs and was sold in pharmacies. In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug Act required the labeling of cannabis in any over-the-counter drugs. This was the first time that the government had any control of drugs. In the 1920’s after the
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