WHERE CANNABIS FIRST GREW WILD
Cannabis has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years and continues to be cultivated all over the world today. Though its exact origins are unknown, cannabis is believed to have originated in Central Asia most likely in the foothills of the Himalayas. In fact, there is evidence that hemp was cultivated by ancient humans as early as 5,000 – 6,000 years ago and likely even longer!
Cannabis is a hardy plant that can grow in a variety of climates. As humans began practicing agriculture and migrating to different parts of the world, they likely brought cannabis with them and cultivated it in new areas. Today, cannabis grows wild on every continent except Antarctica. So next time you see a weed growing in the cracks of the sidewalk, remember that it’s part of a long and rich history.
While wild cannabis plants are not as common as they once were, they still play an important role in the history of the plant. Wild cannabis plants are the ancestors of today’s cultivated varieties, and their genes provide a valuable resource for breeders who are working to create new strains. In some parts of the world, wild cannabis is still used for its medicinal properties. In India, for example, wild-growing Cannabis indica plants are sometimes used to treat stomach problems.
Cannabis Use in Native American Tribes
The use of cannabis as an admixture to religious rituals was not uncommon among native tribes across North America. Though some cultures viewed marijuana with disapproval, others found a way both spiritual and medicinal properties from its leaves or flowers which they would administer orally during ceremonies where communicating with the divine could happen through altered states.
WACKY WEED FACT:
Why is naturally wild cannabis sometimes called “ditch weed”?
Did you know that there’s such a thing as wild marijuana? It’s also known as ditch weed, and it’s basically cannabis that’s grown naturally in the wild. The plants usually descend from industrial hemp plants that were cultivated for fiber but not always is this the case, and they usually have very low levels of THC (the psychoactive compound in Cannabis).
So why is it called ditch weed? Well, one theory is that it’s because the plants often grow in ditches or other areas where they’re not supposed to be. Another theory is that the term comes from the fact that this type of Cannabis is generally not considered to be very high quality. Whatever the case may be, ditch weed is an interesting phenomenon!
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