The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts.
"Asvattha, Darbha, King of Plants is Soma, cannabis and Rice are healing balms, are the 5 sacred plants or herbs mentioned in the Atharva Veda."
पञ्च-राज्यानि-वीरुधाांसोम-श्रेष्ठानि-ब्रमू ः। दर्भो र्भङ्गो यवः सह ते िो मुञ्चन्त्व ् अांहसः॥
"To the five kingdoms of the plants which Soma rules as Lord we speak. Darbha, hemp, barley, mighty power: may these deliver us from woe."
The five plants are more clearly mentioned in Book 11, Hymn 8 (or 6), Verse 15:
These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas call cannabis, a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear (Abel, 1980). It releases us from anxiety. It is a part of our medicinal and spiritual culture. In ayurveda, it was used to improve memory, against leprosy, and many other things. The Hindu god, Shiva is frequently associated with cannabis, called 'Bhang' in India. Lord Krishna wore hemp flowers, which are used for worship extensively in most temples in India. According to the Puranas, during the churning of the ocean by the gods and asuras, the divine elixir, 'Amrita' emerged from its depths. A drop fell on mountain Mandara and sprouted into a plant, hemp. It's juice was used by the gods and is considered sacred.
Cannabis in its medical marijuana form arguably also treats cancer (yes - brain cancer, throat cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer colorectal cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, uterine cancer, and more), stops tremors in MS patients, and boasts numerous other health benefits.
Industrial hemp just happens to be in huge competition with petrochemical companies, the textile and logging industries, and pharmaceutical companies.
Hemp is the same plant as marijuana, its scientific name is "cannabis sativa." For thousands of years hemp was used to make dozens of commercial products like paper, rope, canvas, and textiles. In fact, the very name "canvas" comes from the Dutch word meaning cannabis, which is marijuana. That's correct, real canvas is made from marijuana!
Hemp has recently been rediscovered as a plant that has enormous environmental, economic, and commercial potential.Posted On : 8th January, 2020