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Origins of Cannabis: Ancient Europe

Origins of Cannabis: Ancient Europe

After exploring the story of cannabis throughout ancient east and south Asia, a question comes up – what, if anything, was the role of cannabis in ancient Europe and the ancient Biblical world? The use of hemp fabrics in Europe seems to have an uninterrupted history, most famously as the material which made up the sails on the great ships of the so-called “Age of Discovery”. Hemp was one of the first crops planted in Jamestown - an early European colony in what is now Virginia - valued for its incredibly strong fiber, used in ropes, sails, and clothing. But what about the medicinal and psychoactive values of cannabis?