So, now that we have a better understanding of the more recent history of Cannabis, let’s delve deeper into the roots of the Cannabis plant — they run very deep.
I know — you’d think that the Bible would not be considered ‘recent’ history, but in fact, human and animal evolution is inexorably intertwined with this plant.
Cannabis was one of the first cultivated agricultural crops — grown and harvested for seeds as a food staple, it was one of the primary foods of the ancient world, — foods were cooked in hempseed oil, and the fiber was used for rope and clothing.
In ancient China cannabis/hemp was grown for a myriad of uses, and was frequently used in trade and to barter with, as it was such a versatile and useful plant.
China is where, in 2900 BC, the Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi who is credited with “civilizing” China, makes a reference to Ma, the Chinese word for Cannabis, stating that “Cannabis was a very popular medicine that possessed both Yin and Yang.”
While this was the first written reference to Cannabis, archaeologists have found physical evidence of Cannabis dating back more than 10,000 years, specifically of twisted strands of hemp fiber patterns in pottery. In Taiwan, an ancient village site was unearthed dating back to the Stone Age, existing over 10,000 years ago. Buried along with detritus and waste from this prehistoric tribal community were broken shards of pottery which had decorations that were made by pressing strips of twisted cord into the wet clay before it set. Along with the pottery shards, long, slender tools, close in appearance to tools later used to loosen cannabis fibers from their stems were found. This evidence suggests that early inhabitants have been using the Cannabis plant in some manner since the beginning of history.
The first discovery that twisted strands of fiber were much stronger than the individual strands gave birth to the art of spinning, and the weaving of fibers into fabric, which ended the dependence on animal skins for clothing and protection.
Most examples of early Chinese fabrics have become dust, but an ancient burial site was unearthed in 1972, containing pieces of cloth, bronze containers, weapons and jade pieces. When the fragments of cloth were inspected, it was shown to be made of Cannabis fiber, making it the oldest preserved example of Cannabis fiber.
The Chinese used Cannabis fiber to make clothes and shoes, and regarded Cannabis so highly that they referred to their country as the “land of mulberry and Hemp/Cannabis”. Cannabis fiber was also used in the invention of paper (also by the Chinese), and that process was used to manufacture paper from that time on, and though modified, this same process is in use today.
Cannabis, or Ma in Chinese, began to increase in importance as the first physicians became more familiar with the medicinal properties of plants. A famous Chinese surgeon, Hua T’o, who is thought to have performed extremely complex surgeries without causing pain. He was said to have created an analgesic made from Cannabis resin and wine. This was taken from his biography:
“But if the malady resided in the parts on which the needle [acupuncture], cautery, or medicinal liquids were incapable of acting, for example, in the bones, in the stomach or in the intestine, he administered a preparation of hemp [ma-yo] and, in the course of several minutes, an insensibility developed as if one had been plunged into drunkenness or deprived of life. Then, according the case, he performed the opening, the incision or the amputation and relieved the cause of the malady; then he apposed the tissues by sutures and applied liniments. After a certain number of days the patient finds he has recovered without having experienced the slightest pain during the operation.”
Furthermore, Indian culture has worshipped the Cannabis plant since the arrival of the Aryans or “Noble Ones”. They invaded India from north of the Himalayas around 2000 B.C. When the Aryans arrived, they found a well-developed civilization, including housing, waste/toilet facilities and drainage systems. They found the indigenous inhabitants had a mastery of gold and silver, and the ability to forge tools and ornaments from iron and copper. The Aryans settled, intermarried with the natives, became farmers, and invented one of man’s earliest written languages, Sanskrit.
According to one of the legends, their God Shiva sheltered himself in the shade of a Cannabis plant, and as he was resting out of the sun, he became curious, and he ate some of the leaves. He felt so refreshed, he brought the Cannabis plant down from the Himalayas for their use and enjoyment. He was called ‘Lord of Bhang, for his favorite food.
Ok, I’m going to share with you my coveted recipe for Bhang, handed down to me directly from Lord Shiva, and…ok, that’s a lie — here it is, not mine — but given freely from the ancient Indians, to you.
Bhang refers to a liquid refreshment made with Cannabis leaves and spices, boiled together in these proportions, according to vedantic texts:
Cannabis - 220 grains
Poppy seed - 120 grains
Pepper - 120 grains
Ginger - 40 grains
Caraway seed - 10 grains
Cloves - 10 grains
Cardamon - 10 grains
Cinnamon - 10 grains
Cucumber seed - 120 grains
Almonds - 120 grains
Nutmeg - 10 grains
Rosebuds - 60 grains
Sugar - 4 ounces
Milk - 20 ounces
Boil together…that’s IT…!
This was the medicine that healed over 4000 years ago, and was used extensively for all sorts of ailments, including simple problems with daily anxiety. That’s right…stress.
Don’t believe me?
From the Atharvaiveda (sometime between 2000 and 1400 B.C.):
(12:6.15) Bhang is one of the “five kingdoms of herbs…which release us from anxiety”.
Bhang later became a part of the fabric of the culture. Around the 10th century, A.D. it was being touted as the “food of the gods”. In subsequent writings it was known as an “astringent”, “inspiration of mental powers”, “light-hearted” and “excitability”.
These are examples of the evolution of the use of this plant throughout the world as medicine. Similar stories abound from every culture on the planet, but these are some of the earliest occurrences of the use of this plant as a healing agent.
We are now working with strains that evolved in these very remote corners of the planet, and the unique combinations and ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes they create out of the earth. We are testing, profiling and cataloging these strains according to the benefits of the unique blend of cannabinoids and terpenes in the ratios and matching them to treat each unique ailment/health issue. This allows us to utilize a naturally evolved cannabis strain to be the “factory” for manufacturing of the exact ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes.
We are using landrace strains that evolved all over the world that are each unique in their chemical makeup, and have specific characteristics that are carefully evaluated and selected. We are also pioneering simple, passive extraction and formulation methods, to bring these medicines to the rest of the world, outside of the purview of the pharmaceutical industry. We firmly believe that whole-plant medicines are going to revolutionize (by a taking a LARGE step BACKWARDS in time, and going “back-to-the-earth” in a fundamental sense of healing and harmony) the treatment of illnesses in general.
The reason Cannabis and whole-plant medicines all are Panacea’s to a large degree, is that there are energies that are in sync with the planet, such as whole plants. Those ‘energies’ are thrown completely out of balance with the fractionation of plants into specific chemicals and drugs that treat SYMPTOMS, and don’t cure the actual malady. They are rife with dependency and addition issues, and, last but definitely not least, the root causation of cancers, imbalances in the immune system, and, basically — ALL imbalances in our health.
Whole-plant medicines from the earth BALANCE our bodies — and specifically, that is one of the specific benefits of Cannabidiol — to monitor and restore homeostasis to our bodies at a cellular level, including monitoring and balancing all of the systems of the body.
The future of cannabis medicines is here…the problem with the general focus and direction at this time is that almost everyone is going down the same road as all of the PHARMACEUTICAL companies have been on since their beginning!
They are fractionating and focusing on the general “disassembly of the chemistry of the plant”, so they are left with chemical components that have been severely compromised in the extraction process, and no longer contain the 80+ cannabinoids and 350+ terpenoids that the original trichomes of the plant produced.
After this type of processing, the oil is sterile, with only trace amounts of the lesser cannabinoids and terpenes lingering, and very little of the “magic” of the plant left intact.
We’ve all heard about the “entourage effect”, and most understand that it means that the “cannabinoids and terpenes complement each other to give a more complete arc of experience” with regards to the effect.
This is accurate, as far as it goes, but all of the oils that are produced today have a very small FRACTION remaining of the actual/original cannabinoid/terpene profile of the oil contained in the trichome, before extraction.
What that means is, you are not getting the whole-plant benefits of the plant.
We are changing that, with myriad methods of capturing/preserving the terpenes and cannabinoids in the trichomes with no modifications or alterations to the chemical makeup — thereby retaining all of the effects of the original plant.
Over the next few months, we will be unveiling processes that we have developed that are simple, effective and efficient to preserve the critical components of this plant from the minute it is perfectly mature to the time that it is consumed, in its pristine and virgin form.
Also, we will be demonstrating new delivery methods and devices to optimize the experience and the benefits of this amazing plant — this TREE OF LIFE.
By Fred DeLisio - published in issue 127 Weed World magazine