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Origins of Cannabis: Ancient India

Origins of Cannabis: Ancient India

Where we last left off in the story of cannabis through history, it was making its way along the routes of ancient traders and invaders, west from China into the Indian subcontinent. Around 2000 B.C the nomadic Aryans of central Asia were themselves spreading onto the Indian subcontinent, bringing with them animistic rituals involving cannabis across the mountains. They are thought to have brought with them the word Bhang, a name by which cannabis products are referred to in India to this day.