History of Hemp

The medical benefits of cannabis date back to 2727 BC and have been documented through ancient texts and medical history in virtually every culture and civilization for its wide range of health and healing benefits. It seemed to be an accepted and respected botanical through the late 1930s when Marijuana/Hemp were denounced throughout the world, felt heavily in the US as enforced through prohibition. However medical research is now rapidly evolving, with the continued understanding and validation of the fairly recent discovery of the Endocannabinoid system (i.e. how Cannabinoids naturally occur and work within our body) as well as understanding at a cellular/molecular level how Cannabinoids mitigate disease processes and maintain homeostasis. As this huge body of research and medical evidence mounts it seems our thinking is shifting back to accepting the undeniable fact that Cannabinoids are a naturally occurring part of our physiology and are therefore vital to our health, healing and wellbeing.

Cannabis was in the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) from the 1850 through 1942, for nearly 100 years. Highly regarded companies like Eli Lilly, Parke Davis and Squibb produced many prescription drugs with cannabis as an ingredient. At one time there were over 2000 different medicines sold in the U.S. made from cannabis. With formulas for everything from pain, neuralgia, anxiety, addiction, insomnia, convulsions, gout, incontinence, menstrual disorders, GI issues, antibiotic and microbial uses and even to counteract anthrax.
Cannabis preparations are listed in the 15thCentury BC Chinese Pharmacopeia and by 1 BC they recommended cannabis for more than 100 ailments including gout, rheumatism and absentmindedness. References for Medicinal uses of Cannabis continue through medical documentation and throughout history.

Cannabis was in the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) from the 1850 through 1942, for nearly 100 years. Highly regarded companies like Eli Lilly, Parke Davis and Squibb produced many prescription drugs with cannabis as an ingredient. At one time there were over 2000 different medicines sold in the U.S. made from cannabis. With formulas for everything from pain, neuralgia, anxiety, addiction, insomnia, convulsions, gout, incontinence, menstrual disorders, GI issues, antibiotic and microbial uses and even to counteract anthrax.
Cannabis preparations are listed in the 15thCentury BC Chinese Pharmacopeia and by 1 BC they recommended cannabis for more than 100 ailments including gout, rheumatism and absentmindedness. References for Medicinal uses of Cannabis continue through medical documentation and throughout history.

George Washington’s agricultural dairy entries documented that he grew hemp with particular interest in its medicinal uses, as do Thomas Jefferson’s farm diaries. There are references to Hemp/Cannabis being associated with many of our early presidents and government. In fact in 1913, the US Department of Agriculture announced they had succeeded in growing domestic cannabis to equal quality of Indian cannabis, and by 1918 were growing 60,000 pounds annually for pharmaceutical purposes.