Hemp is a plant that has been cultivated in parts of the world for 10-12,000 years – possibly longer – and is estimated to have between 25,000 to 50,000 uses, with 5,000 uses in the textiles industry alone.
Left: Hemp fiber from the Cannabis sativa plant ( Wikimedia Commons ). They called cannabis “bhang.” In India, the Aryan religion grew through oral tradition and was recorded in the four Vedas , or books of knowledge compiled between 14 B. They worshipped the spirits of plants and animals, and marijuana played an active role in their rituals.
Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.
For thousands of years marijuana was not only legal, but an important crop among cultures throughout history, and held commercial, medicinal, and spiritual value.
Cannabis sativa, as seen in the Grandes Heures of Anne of Bretagne, (1505-1508). Tushratta the Tocharian Mittani/Medes king would be another.
Here we have probably the most ancient botanic depiction of the plant in the western world (male and female). C., when the region was invaded by the Aryans, a group that spoke an archaic Indo-European language. Remember that article here on those "strange statues" found buried in China last year?? The Greek Minyan from Akhmin of the Minya province of Egypt would be another.