Marijuana has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. And yet, despite this long history of use, exactly where in Asia did cannabis originate from? The answer may surprise you…
Where in Asia did Cannabis Originate from?
Did you know that there is a perfect chance the plant was grown in Asia and the Middle East instead of originating there? Or that it probably evolved from an ancient ancestor called Cannabis sativa?
I was certainly surprised to find they were so many questions still unanswered about the history of this plant. So I did a little research and found some interesting facts about marijuana that most people don’t know. Check them out below…
So where exactly did cannabis first come from?
Many people believe that it was first used in Asia, where the oldest records of its use originate from. Evidence for this can be found at Yanghai Tombs in China, where a 2000-year old mummy was discovered wearing hemp clothing. ecent discoveries have given rise to the theory that cannabis originated in Central Asia, suggesting it was cultivated around 5,000 years ago.
It is thought to have spread into Europe and India around 1,500 BC, while in the Americas, it arrived at least 6,000 years later.
It’s fascinating to note that Hemp may have been used for rope and fabric in the regions it originated from before marijuana was ever smoked. Tribes along the Yellow River are thought to have cultivated the plant as early as 6000BC!
As for why it’s called marijuana? This name is thought to come from Mexican soldiers who had spread through America during the Spanish conquest of the 16th century. They noticed that Indians tended to be incredibly relaxed after consuming the plant, so they coined the term marijuana – which is Spanish for ‘crazy.’
What other myths do people believe about cannabis?
One big misconception about cannabis is that it is a new drug. Evidence suggests that it was used at least as far back as 2800 BC; in the form of hemp rope, which is thought to have originated from a site in Taiwan. This suggests that this plant has been around for much longer than most people believe.
Another common misconception is that marijuana and Hemp are different plants – however, they are the same species. The difference comes down to a few factors, the main ones being growing conditions, genetics, and location. Cultivated marijuana is referred to as Hemp if produced under conditions unfavorable for flowering and potency. In contrast, marijuana refers to cultivated plants developed for their potent strains and higher yields/potency.
In other words, there’s no such thing as high-grade Hemp!
How do these plants differ from each other? After all, they share quite a few characteristics…
For starters, marijuana is a species of plant found throughout the world. Cannabis sativa is a subspecies of the common hop plant and is considered the most widespread. It’s often found in temperate climates and can adapt quite well to nearly any environment. On the other hand, Hemp is a form of cannabis that has been grown for industrial uses.
However, the two are more or less interchangeable when it comes to medical use. When marijuana was first introduced into Western medicine, it was considered marijuana. However, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that people started using Hemp for medicinal purposes – when cannabis tinctures were first sold on a commercial level.
Today we know that both plants can be used for therapeutic and medical purposes, but they are not the same thing as one another.
What are the differences between marijuana and hemp?
As we have already mentioned, this primarily comes down to growing conditions and genetics. One of the most significant differences is THC content, which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol – also known as “the active ingredient in cannabis.” This chemical produces psychoactive effects when inhaled or ingested.
The amount of THC that a plant contains depends on two main factors; genetics and growing conditions. When we say “growing conditions,” this refers to the type of climate it’s grown in and the time frame from which it was cultivated and harvested. Higher temperatures, for example, will speed up the flowering process – while more extended periods will produce a higher THC level.
As for genetics, the two main types are Indica and Sativa.
Indica plants have been found to contain less THC on average than a Sativa plant; however, they tend to be much more effective when treating chronic pain, muscle spasms, gastrointestinal issues, and insomnia and provide a sense of calm and relaxation. On the other hand, Sativa plants have been found to provide a more energetic “high” that can help treat fatigue, depression, and mood disorders.
Asia is responsible for introducing marijuana to the rest of the world. It is believed that the plant was brought to Europe by traders traveling along the Silk Road. It spread to North America and the rest of the world.
Cannabis has been used in Asia for centuries, and the region is responsible for introducing the plant to the rest of the world. The plant has a long history in the area, and it continues to be widely used today. Thanks for reading!