Numerous studies indicate that marijuana is one of the millenary plants that have accompanied man throughout history on the path to a healthy life. Different tribes and ethnic groups have appreciated its therapeutic properties and have used cannabis to prevent or treat diseases. Some still do so today.
For thousands of years, human beings have been looking in plants for antidotes for their health problems, natural remedies to face diseases or even prevent them. Although the origin of these practices focuses on Asia, their current use by various peoples has been through the exchange of knowledge between ethnic groups throughout history.
In Africa, especially Batwa, a small African tribe located in Uganda, in which its members have a curious habit of not getting sick: they believe that all diseases can be cured, by consuming cannabis all the time and having regular sexual relations. There are no cases of AIDS among the members and, curiously, when a marriage is celebrated, the groom’s family must provide at least one kilo of cannabis to the bride.
The case of the akas is also known, it is a Pygmy village of hunters and gatherers living in the Congo Basin. Researchers at Washington State University recently studied how they consume cannabis as a way to avoid intestinal parasites.
Their findings determined that those who smoke the most are less infected with parasites.
In 1891, the German explorer Hermann Von Wissmann already told us that some African tribes were consuming cannabis. One of them was the Bashilange tribe, a Bantu, warrior and violent people who changed their attitude with the help of cannabis. Thanks to the therapeutic effects of the plant on certain psychological issues, they were able to become less and less barbaric and began to consider the plant as a symbol of peace, friendship, and protection.
Among other things, they banned cannibalism and the use of weapons. Cannabis has even become an obligation so that none of its members are aggressive or commit crimes. This trend also became a kind of religion and the members of this tribe began to call themselves the “sons of cannabis”.
In North Africa, particularly in the country region of Morocco and in parts of Algeria, the Amazigh or Berber tribe (a nomadic people living in the north of the continent) has also traditionally used this plant in the therapeutic field. The Berbers used cannabis as a sedative and anesthetic before surgery, for amputations or different types of extractions. They use cannabis as a product to resist severe pain.
Also, it is known that the inhabitants of the Chinese village of Bama Yao have the longest life expectancy in the world (many of them over the age of 100) by basing their diet on hemp consumption. The high fatty acid content of this product is mainly responsible for its beneficial effects and the secret ingredient in the preservation of these people and their health.
Therefore, the Chinese encyclopedia on agriculture and medicinal plants Shennong Ben Cao Jing already reported something similar. It tells stories about cannabis use in these areas, dating back to about 2700 BC. It mentions the benefits of using the dried and ground root of the plant to create a paste that reduces pain caused by fractures or surgery.
This is not surprising since it is in Asia that the plant has begun to be used for therapeutic purposes, particularly in present-day Mongolia and southern Siberia. Indeed, archaeologists have recently found a treasure in southern Russia with Scythian vases containing cannabis remains.
Due to this discovery, it is proven that the famous Scythian tribe (which occupied present-day Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia and descended from the Aryans, another ethnic group) consumed cannabis 2400 years ago. This Indo-European ethnic group brought cannabis remedies to the Middle East around 2000 BC and 1400 BC.
On the other hand, in 1993 the remains of Princess Ukok, a 2500-year-old Siberian mummy, were found in the Republic of Altai (Russia). New research revealed that she suffered from breast cancer, bone marrow infection, skull fracture and other conditions that caused her severe pain. So, this discovery was crucial to understanding why, next to the mummy, a bag of cannabis had been kept: researchers consider that it was probably used to treat the symptoms of his disease.
Also, in 2008, in the Gobi Desert, located between northern China and southern Mongolia, a 2700-year-old tomb with traces of cannabis on a wooden bowl near the head of a Caucasian man was discovered. Researchers believe that the people of Siberia used it for spiritual and medicinal purposes.
Before that, the Aryans themselves had brought cannabis to India. The former doctors recommended it to avoid congestion, to lower fever and to fight diarrhea, they used it as an analgesic and during surgical procedures. Besides, under the “Cannabis Ledger: A Complete Guide to Medicinal Use”, ancient warriors used it to calm their nerves before the battle. The plant is also mentioned in the Assyrian texts, considered as a “remedy for all evils”.
In addition, it seems that the Vikings and medieval Germans used it to relieve toothache. Nevertheless, Nevertheless, and although they are not a nation in itself, the case of the Rastas in Jamaica is perhaps one of the best-known today, concerning cannabis consumption.
Besides ,adults consider it to help maintain health, prevent disease and all kinds of ailments. They use it in particular, for respiratory infections, intestinal problems, glaucoma, malnutrition and diarrhea in children and fevers, burns on the skin and even gonorrhea. Even children from Rastas families take it as herbal teas or tonics.
Finally, as we can see, throughout history, people have attributed many medicinal properties to cannabis. They did so in a natural way, without restriction, guided by the knowledge passed down from father to son and which helped them to survive in difficult conditions. New generations should take into account the knowledge and traditions that have accompanied the plant since time immemorial.