MYTH 1: A HISTORY OF STIGMATIZATION
“More than 400 years ago, cannabis was used to treat depression and stress relief in India. Specifically, CBD-rich medical marijuana has a long history of being used to treat health problems, including anxiety. The drug’s popularity as a medicine spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ancient physicians prescribed marijuana for everything – pain relief and even childbirth. In the 18th Century, American journals began recommending hemp seeds and roots to treat inflamed skin and venereal disease. Queen Victoria used cannabis to help discomfort for menstrual cramps. An Irish doctor, William O’Shaughnessy, first popularized marijuana’s medical use in England and America. He found it to ease the pain and discomfort for nausea in cases of rabies, cholera and tetanus.” (“Anxiety and Marijuana: CBD, THC, CBD-A All You Need to Know About Weds Effect on Mental Health.” Anxiety Social Net RSS N.p. Web. 28 Jan. 2016).
“The history of cannabis use goes back as far as 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops, according to information in the book ‘Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years’ (Springer, 1980)… Burned cannabis seeds have also been found in kurgan burial mounds in Siberia dating back to 3,000 B.C… Both hemp and psychoactive marijuana were used widely in ancient China, Warf wrote. The first record of the drug’s medicinal use dates back to 4000 B.C… From China, coastal farmers brought pot to Korea about 2000 B.C. or earlier, according to the book ‘The Archeology of Korea’ (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Cannabis came to the South Asian subcontinent between 2000 B.C. and 1000 B.C., when the region was invaded by the Aryans – a group that spoke an archaic Indo-European language. The drug became widely used in India, where it was celebrated as one of ‘five kingdoms of herbs… which release us from anxiety’ in one of the ancient Sanskrit Vedic Poems whose name translate into ‘Science of Charms.’… Cannabis came to the Middle East between 2000 B.C. and 1400 B.C., and it was probably used there by the Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European group… ‘Cannabis seeds have also been found in the remains of Viking ships dating to the mid-ninth century,’ Warf wrote in the study… Over the next centuries, cannabis migrated to various regions of the world, traveling through Africa, eventually reaching South America in the 19th century and being carried north afterwards, eventually reaching North America.” (Blaszczak-Boxe, Agata, ‘Marijuana’s History: How One Plant Spread Through the World”. LiveScience.com Rss. N.p. 17 Oct. 2014. Web. 28 Jan. 2016).