ORIGINS OF HEMP AND CANNABIS
It is thought that the cannabis plant first evolved about 23 million years ago. Although it is impossible to know when early homo sapiens first started using the plant, cannabis plant material and burnt residue have been found in graves and on religious altars dating back thousands of years. Throughout recorded history, various types of cannabis have been used for textiles, medicine and for altering one’s consciousness.
Due to the irrational stigma and enforcement of extreme laws prohibiting its cultivation and use, beginning in the 1920s and ‘30s, many people have been unfairly incarcerated and research into cannabis has been stymied.
It is our hope that making these materials accessible to the public will open doors into understanding the history and importance of this useful and magical plant.