History of medical cannabis
Hemp is mankind's most durable fiber resource and a source for one of the most popular and most commonly used drugs - marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are products of the same plant and the history of medicinal marijuana would be incomplete without some reference to its versatility.
1972, in Taiwan, in a prehistoric village pottery shards with the distinct impression of hemp cord were excavated - those shards were dated back 10,000 years and prove that hemp has been in use since the Stone Age.
2008, experts are about to publish findings from an excavation in Central Asia that show evidence of the use of hemp by a prehistoric shaman 27,000 years ago.
"Ma" - that is the single syllable term for hemp in Chinese, which probably makes hemp the "mother" of agriculture. With this hardy, annual herb agro-industrial China was set far ahead the hunter-gatherer civilizations, because it is a reliable source of food and durable textile fiber. Apart from its medicinal and textile use, it has served as China's 2nd or 3rd most important agricultural food source for millennia - hemp seeds are rich in protein, B vitamins and amino acids. Finds in Egyptian ruins dating back to 1600 BC unveiled evidence that marijuana had been used as a medicine and excavations at Hebrew sites yielded evidence of use of marijuana as a means to aid childbirth 100s of years BC, but "Ma" was the buttress of Chinese culture from the dawn of time to this day.