How did the use of cannabis start?
History of cannabis
The hemp plant has fulfilled many functions for thousands of years. This age-old cultivated plant is used by humans in various ways: as a medicine, raw material for textiles and of course as a drug, because of its psychoactive properties, whether or not used in religious ceremonies. The hemp plant is originally from Asia. In 2737 BC the effect of cannabis is already described in medical writings. In India, cannabis was praised as a divine drink in religious ceremonies. In Roman times, guests were offered hemp cookies after meals. But it wasn’t just used for its psychoactive properties; the English used cannabis as a raw material for textiles and rope.
In 1912 the first opium conference was held. This conference led to the eventual ban on most (then known) drugs. The import and export of cannabis has been banned in the Netherlands since 1928. At the same time, appreciation for the effects of cannabis spread across the rest of the United States through the artist scene. But in 1937, cannabis was also banned in the US on the grounds that it would lead to murder and insanity.
From 1960, the popularity of cannabis use in the Netherlands grew. The first coffee shop was opened in 1972. In 1976 the Opium Act was amended and a distinction was made between soft and hard drugs. The law was interpreted as allowing coffee shops to sell hash and weed under certain conditions. The number of coffee shops grew strongly. In 1995 the guidelines were tightened and the number of coffee shops was reduced.
Since 2003, it has been possible to obtain cannabis with a doctor’s prescription from the pharmacist, which is used as a painkiller in, among others, MS and AIDS patients and to stimulate appetite.
Also check out this video from ATTN about the history of cannabis in the US.