Tobacco and Cannabis. History and prevalence.

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According to the available information, tobacco was first used in the Americas, while cannabis is a Chinese product.

Native American tribes cultivated tobacco. Tobacco was used in the Americas as early as 5000 BC. According to research, people used some other hallucinogenic substances with tobacco. The hallucinogenic was either opium resin or cannabis(unconfirmed). Traces of tobacco cultivation sites have been found in Mexico, dating back to 1000 to 1400 BC.;Native peoples have used it for thousands of years as a treatment for ailments. And some Native Americans still use tobacco as a spiritual and physical medicine.

Cannabis, on the other hand, has a much older history, dating back to some 12,000 years BC.

It was initially grown in China. Various items were made from its fibers. And then it was discovered that it was a very strong narcotic. It was soon used for medicinal purposes because of its intoxication and sedation. When it reached India from China, it was given a religious and sacred color there along. A Hindu god is called the “Lord of bhang” because he loved the plant and its intoxication. That is why it became sacred for Hindus.

The prevalence of tobacco and cannabis

The Americas gave the world tobacco. Tobacco, which has been used here for thousands of years, was discovered by the rest of the world when Europeans arrived in America. Europeans were experts in trade. They brought tobacco from here in the 16th century and then took it with them wherever they went.

Cannabis spread much earlier than tobacco. The reason for this difference was the difference in the geography of the two producing countries. According to the records, hemp reached India, Japan, Korea and Arabia from China. It is mentioned in Egypt as early as 1500 BC.

As for its spread in America, it is a controversial issue. According to some historians, it was here before Columbus arrived. While others say that it was brought here by Europeans. We take the second view here. Because those who believe that cannabis was already present in America have evidence that products made from hemp fibers existed long before. They also do not have evidence of cannabis being used as an intoxicant.

Well, this is our known history and assumptions. According to scientists, the hemp plant is quite old. It is even older than Homo sapiens. It is believed that 1.5 million years ago Homo erectus and hemp came into contact. But were they using it as a drug?
These questions are left for future research.

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