5 Facts About How Marijuana Was Used By Explorers

Marijuana has a long history that dates back all the way to 500 BC in Asia. Since then, thousands of years later, the plant has traveled all across the world where it’s been grown, smoked, and used in many different cultures. Cannabis originally evolved in Central Asia before people introduced the plant to Africa, Europe, and eventually the Americas. The people who introduced the plant to other countries were explorers looking for trade, goods, and knowledge to take back to their homes. When these explorers introduced cannabis to the lands they discovered or traveled to, many of those lands continue to grow and cultivate the plant for all its purposes.

In addition to introducing the plant to many cultures, many cultures also introduced explorers to a thing or two about marijuana. The explorers would then take this information back home to then use and better their lives. This is how explorers learned that hemp could also be used to tie bone fishhooks because its fibers are strong against any fish. Much of the cannabis used in these early days was hemp, which contains low levels of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the high feeling associated with smoking weed. Explorers spent months and sometimes even years traveling at sea, so they certainly also used cannabis to smoke a pipe or two.

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