This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about drugs before on Hankering for History. Back in 2013 there was an article on the History of Cocaine, in which we talked about how cocaine received a lot of its notoriety in the 1800s and 1900s from prescription use and beverage consumption. Although this article ended with a video of Nixon and his speech on drug abuse being “Public Enemy #1,” given today’s climate, the History of Marijuana will probably end on a much lighter note than that article did.
The History of Marijuana
While marijuana or weed doesn’t seem like such a big deal–the point of this article isn’t to debate the legality of using it–the history is a big deal. In a lot of towns you can go to dispensaries and buy your strain of choice; then you can hop on the web and check out various online headshops where you can buy bongs that will ship discretely to your home. The options are endless. There was a time; however, when you could only find the marijuana plant in parts of Central and South Asia. In present day Romania, there is proof that cannabis was being smoked in 3rd century BCE.
First Person to Smoke Weed
Based on the stories from scripture, it is safe to say that Moses was the first person to smoke weed. This is based on Exodus 3: 1-15, the story of Moses and the Burning Bush.
Okay, so that is really just a bad joke, no one really knows who the first person was to smoke weed, but the first written reference to smoking marijuana was in 2727 BCE, by the Chinese emperor Shennong.
And just as recently as in 2003, there was cannabis leaf fragments and seeds found next to a 2800 year old mummy.
Depending on when you read this article, this portion may not be relevant. So I’m leaving it up to you to do the research yourself. Go to Google News and look at current legislation and see what is going on today. Have they repealed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937? Is there still the issue of it being legal in some states and illegal federally?
Only history–or the future–will tell…