The world history of commercial cannabis hemp or marijuana cannabis hemp is one that dates back to pre-historic times.
Cannabis Hemp has been found in Tombs dating back to 8,000 B. C and traces all the way down to the present time.
Hemp History presents the historical timeline of hemp in a concise, easy to read article.
Cannabis use can be documented as far back as 2700 BC (1) in ancient Chinese writings. These writings tell us that cannabis was used by the Chinese for a variety of uses, such as, fiber, oil, and as a medicine. History also tells us that hemp was being cultivated in the Middle-East region, from Afghanistan to Egypt for its fiber and drugs.
It appears that hemp was first introduced into Europe around 500-1000 AD. It is known that hemp was in wide cultivation in Europe by the Sixteenth century, for it’s fiber and its seed. The seed was cooked with barley and other grains and eaten. In 1537 Dioscorides called the plant Cannabis Sativa, the scientific name that stands still to this day as it’s name.
Understand the historical context of hemp, in this detailed look at hemp throughout the ages.