The Origins of Drugs

Cannabis 1 of 9

The earliest recorded uses of cannabis date back to 3000 B.C. The plant is indigenous to Central and South Asia.

  • The ancient Aryans introduced cannabis to the Assyrians, who discovered its psychoactive properties, as well as to Cythians, Thracians and Dacians.
  • In 2003, a leather basket containing cannabis leaf fragments and seeds was discovered next to a 2,500- to 2,800-year-old shaman mummy in China.
  • Cannabis is rumored to have been used as a religious sacrament by both ancient Jews and early Christians.
  • Cannabis was made illegal in various countries starting in the early 20th century.
  • The US first restricted its sale in 1906.
  • In 1937, the US passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which prohibited the production of hemp and cannabis.