A gentle reminder that Cannabis is a plant.

On September 19 we are voting on something that occurs completely on it’s own in nature.  The plant has been used for centuries for herbal and medicinal uses across continents and cultures.

The use of cannabis as a mind-altering drug has been documented by archaeological finds in prehistoric societies in Eurasia and Africa. The oldest written record of cannabis usage is the Greek historian Herodotus‘s reference to the central Eurasian Scythians taking cannabis steam baths. His (c. 440 BCE) Histories records, “The Scythians, as I said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Greek vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.”

In China, the psychoactive properties of cannabis are described in the Shennong Bencaojing (3rd century AD).[86] Cannabis smoke was inhaled by Daoists, who burned them in incense burners.[86]

In the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa. In 1545, cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fiber. In North America, cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown for use in rope, clothing and paper.