Ancient Medicine

Ancient Medicine

Mankind Got it Right the First Time Around: Hemp is the Answer of the Ancestors

The hemp plant is one of the oldest plants used for human benefit. It was discovered in an ancient village in Taiwan more than 10,000 years ago. Emperor Shen Yeng first reported using hemp and cannabis around 2700 BC. Carl Sagan believed that hemp was one of the first crops cultivated. And It’s no wonder, since it's so easy to grow and has a multitude of uses, from the manufacturing of essential products such as clothing, paint, paper, biofuel, food, animal feed and building materials. That’s just to name a few.

What did Hemp Mean to our Ancient Ancestors?

  • Ancient Chineses pharmacologist, Shen-Nung gave Tea Time a new meaning. He made teas out of extracted hemp oil. He used these teas in the treatment of pain, constipation, the female reproductive system and malaria. Additionally, he used it topically to treat skin irritations.
  • In India, hemp was listed in an ancient text, the “Atharvaveda”, as a sacred and holy plant. They used it in both their medicinal and ritualistic practices as an offering to Shiva. If it’s good enough for a god, it’s got to be something special.
  • As the Romans conquered certain areas of the world, they began to use hemp medicinally, specifically for removing insects from human ears as well as pain relief.
  • The people of the Middle East were also fans of hemp. They claimed it was an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, anti-epileptic and diuretic.
  • Hemp was found buried with Ancient Greeks, indicating that it was a valuable plant to take to the afterlife.
  • The Ancient Egyptians used it as an eyewash for eyesores and cataracts as well as for pain relief and inflammation. In fact, they even made suppositories from hemp and used them to treat hemorrhoids
  • In Europe it was used to treat tumors and coughs.
  • And even though we know this one is not as old as an ancient ancestor we think it’s worth the mention: In 1621,Britain's Robert Burton published “Anatomy of Melancholia,” in which he recommended hemp for mental health. During this time, the west also began using hemp to treat pain and skin inflammations.

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