We defy you to read this all the way through and come away with any remaining stigma against cannabis. It might also make you mad — as it does us — to realize that this known, natural and ancient medicine was taken out of legal circulation for the last 90 years of U.S. history, mainly because it was perceived as a threat to big industry.
Cannabis cultivation goes back some 12,000 years, making it one of humanity’s oldest crops. It’s believed to have first grown wild in Central Asia, (now Mongolia and Siberia). Humans quickly figured out that drying it, smoking it, wearing it and weaving it was a really good idea, so they began to cultivate crops.
In pre-modern times cannabis was regularly used as a medicine and for spiritual purposes. In fact, it’s only in recent years that cannabis has been demonized as a harmful, even dangerous drug (e.g., see the 1936 Reefer Madness entry in the Timeline below), rather than viewed as a wellness product.