Cannabis has been consumed for thousands of years by many different cultures all over the globe. Marijuana is one of the oldest known psychoactive drugs which has been used all across the world, though it has been utilized for purposes other than its psychoactive properties. In Ancient Egypt for example, cannabis was used as a pain-reliever and traces of it is found in the remains of many mummies. In Early America, the marijuana grown was cannabis sativa L, which contains less than 1% THC, not nearly enough for anyone to get high. Though the cannabis history is not quite as long as Ancient Egypt, there is also some evidence that indicates that it was consumed throughout Russian history.
The plant was likely introduced into southeast Russia by the Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European group and fierce horsemen who ruled an empire stretching from the Black Sea across Siberia to the borders of China for a thousand years. Like many other ancient cultures, Russia used marijuana for its hemp fibers, “Hemp is cultivated throughout the greater part of Russia, and it is one of the principal crops in the provinces of Orel, Kursk, Samara, Smolensk, Tula, Voronezh, and Poland.”