Cannabis History

From Ancient China To Florida


Cannabis plants are believed to have evolved in the mountains of Central Asia, specifically in the areas that are now Mongolia and southern Siberia. The history of the plant goes back over 12,000 years, which makes cannabis one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops. As early as 2737 B.C., the Chinese were using a tea made from cannabis to treat illnesses like gout, rheumatism, malaria and poor memory. Over the next few centuries, cannabis migrated to other parts of the world, traveling through Africa, reaching South America in the 19th century, and eventually reaching North America.

By the late 18th century, cannabis use as a medicine had become popular in both the United States and England. It was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1850 until 1942 and was prescribed for a wide array of medical conditions. Since the early 20th century, cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions, making the possession, use and sale of cannabis preparations illegal in most countries around the world. This has hindered the potential for research into the medical benefits of cannabis and other compounds found in the plant. The legal status of cannabis in many countries is rapidly evolving due to its therapeutic potential.  

Cannabis used as a medicine in Ancient China

Egyptians use Cannabis for glaucoma and inflammation

Medical Cannabis used in ancient Greece

Cannabis used during the Middle Ages

Medical Cannabis added to US Pharmacopeia

US pharmaceutical firms sell extracts of Cannabis as medicines

Medical Cannabis removed from US Pharmacopeia

Controlled Substances Act classifies cannabis as a drug with no accepted medical use

California becomes first state to legalize medical cannabis

DEA denies request to reclassify cannabis out of Schedule I Category

Dr. Sanjay Gupta supports medical cannabis on CNN

Florida becomes 24th state to legalize cannabis for medical use

CHT Medical becomes one of five approved growers of medical cannabis in Florida