The use of cannabis in China dates back to 2700 B.C. The Emperor Shen-Nung named cannabis "ma", and it was unique because it was both feminine and masculine, yin and yang. Since it was the female plant that produced the medicine, it was used to treat issues related to women.

Later in the second century A.D., the famous doctor Hua T'o discovered its uses as anesthesia. China grew the plants for more than 4,000 years until the Chinese government banned it in 1934.

Today China is patenting herbal treatments made from cannabis and China is the largest manufacturer of cannabis accessories. But It is still illegal to possess, distribute or use cannabis in China. It is incarceration and execution for traffickers.

Cannabis and the year of the Fire Monkey

February 8th marks the beginning of the year of the Fire Monkey in the Chinese Calendar - a year of impulsive energy, change and new paths. Fire is the element of change, renewal, and the possibility of being somewhere completely different from where you are now.

This year, be careful to have a solid footing before making that leap; like Tarzan, only let go of the last vine when you have hold of the next one.

As we leave the year of the Wood Sheep - a year of creativity and laying down the path towards your goals - we had a year to take deep exhale from the year of the Wood Horse which was a year of change and of grabbing the brass ring.

Now in the Fire Monkey year we have the proper foundation to grab the next rung in the ladder, as long as you keep your reach without losing your footing, you will succeed.

In a nutshell, don't mess up what you worked so hard for the last two years by going out on an impulsive limb.

A strain for each sign

So to celebrate this upcoming Chinese New Year, let's assign a cannabis strain for each sign and include the personality traits for each:

Rat

Strain: Big Bang (fruity with a hint of apple)

Personality traits: cautious, positive outlook, protective and loving towards family and friends, falls in love deeply, advisor, must trust them and not over analyze, ambitious, bit hot-tempered.

Ox

Strain: Chocolate Kush (hybrid sativa, sweet, earthy, anti-inflammatory)

Personality traits: tend to stay longer than they should, leader, conservative, stubborn, determined and disciplined, long term not a short-term personality, managerial.

Tiger

Strain: 8 Mile High (hybrid, creative, energetic, fruity with a hint of pine)

Personality traits: strong and stable, sensitive, brave, risk taker, adventuresome, unpredictable, passionate, a bit ADHD.

Rabbit

Strain: Sensi Star (hybrid Indica, lemony, salty, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, sedative)

Personality traits: easy-going, emotional, conscientious, talented, conflict avoider, has a plan, tends to dwell on the small stuff, friends first (then maybe lovers).

Dragon

Strain: Caramelo (Afghani, lavender, energy, euphoric, guava flavor)

Personality traits: can reach the highest highs and lowest lows, need a purpose, domineering, popular, tender-hearted, strong morals, values their friendships and relationships, hard workers to the point of exhaustion.

Snake

Strain: Ace of Spades (Hybrid 50/50, lemony, antiseptic, calming)

Personality traits: stoic, romantic and charming, philosophers, very intuitive, learns from mistakes, tends towards self-preservation when it comes to romance, adaptable to change, needs to be inspired at work.

Horse

Strain: Black Mamba (grape flavor, bone stimulant, sedative, relaxing)

Personality traits: hard-working, positive and popular, impatient, stubborn (but still a good listener), loyal, conflict resolvers, loves being in a relationship (but has a strong need for "me time"), will find a job that fits their personality, avoids conflict and compromise.

Sheep

Strain: Dream Queen (Hybrid 50/50, mango, tropical, creative, good for muscle spasms)

Personality traits: likes to have a plan, artistic and sensitive, charming and honest, fragile at times and shy, might have a messy closest, adept at bringing people together, has a hard time expressing themselves because they don't want to rock the boat, motivated at work when there is a goal.

Monkey

Strain: Platinum OG (citrus, anti-depressant, sedative, relaxer)

Personality traits: impulsive, magnetic, opportunistic, easily discouraged, intelligent and resourceful, jumps from one experience to another, emotion driven, all about the passion of the moment, needs to focus, center of the party.

Rooster

Strain: Master Kush Skunk (Hybrid Indica, bready, calming, relaxing, good for digestion)

Personality traits: guided by instinct, courageous and reckless, eccentric, strong decision-makers, hard-working, over-thinkers, storytellers, easy to speak to, cautious in relationships (thoughtful and caring).

Dog

Strain: Black Domina (Hybrid Indica, blackberry flavor, stimulates cell growth and digestion, for the physical,
always-moving Dog)

Personality traits: lives rich inner lives, good listeners, cynical, flaw-finders, excellent in business, activism and teaching, intelligent, needs to understand their partner's emotions and be able to compromise, focused in their work, loves to solve problems, loyal, a friend for life.

Pig

Strain: PAC-10 (Hybrid 50/50, blackberry, jasmine, good for creativity, anti-anxiety)

Personality traits: social, honest and reliable, devoted, impulsive, naïve at times, generous, persistent, able to be alone and in crowds, a leader, needs to be more intuitive and not taken advantage of, devoted partners.