1. 2900 BC - Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi References Marijuana as a Popular Medicine
Emperor Fu Hsi
Source: jaars.org (accessed May 25, 2010)
"The Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi (ca. 2900 BC), whom the Chinese credit with bringing civilization to China, seems to have made reference to Ma, the Chinese word for Cannabis, noting that Cannabis was very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang."
2. 1450 BC- Book of Exodus References Holy Anointing Oil Made from Cannabis
"Holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus (30:22-23), contained over six pounds of kaneh-bosem, a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, ...view middle of the document...
.. anointed [his disciples] with [a] potent entheogenic [psychoactive substance] oil, sending out the 12 apostles to do the same [around the year 30 AD]...
Likewise, after Jesus' passing, James suggests that anyone of the Christian community who was sick should call to the elders to anoint him with oil in the name of Jesus..."
Chris Bennett "Was Jesus a Stoner?," High Times Magazine, Feb. 10, 2003
"So, did Jesus use cannabis? I think so. The word Christ does mean 'the anointed one' and Bennett contends that Christ was anointed with chrism, a cannabis-based oil, that caused his spiritual visions. The ancient recipe for this oil, recorded in Exodus, included over 9lb of flowering cannabis tops (known as kaneh-bosem in Hebrew), extracted into a hin (about 11? pints) of olive oil, with a variety of other herbs and spices. The mixture was used in anointing and fumigations that, significantly, allowed the priests and prophets to see and speak with Yahweh.
Residues of cannabis, moreover, have been detected in vessels from Judea and Egypt in a context indicating its medicinal, as well as visionary, use. Jesus is described by the apostle Mark as casting out demons and healing by the use of this holy chrism. Earlier, from the time of Moses until the later prophet Samuel, holy anointing oil was used by the shamanic Levite priesthood to receive the 'revelations of the Lord'. The chosen ones were drenched in this potent cannabis oil."
Carl Ruck, PhD "Did Jesus Use Cannabis?" The Sunday Times, Jan. 12, 2003
4. 1 AD - Ancient Chinese Text Recommends Marijuana for More Than 100 Ailments
Chinese ideogram for marijuana ("ma")
Source: Marijuana as Medicine: Beyond the Controversy, 2000
"In a compendium of drug recipes compiled in 1 AD [Pen Ts'ao Ching], based on traditions from the time of Shen Nung, marijuana is depicted as an ideogram [pictorial symbol] of plants drying in a shed. This ancient text... recommends marijuana for more than 100 ailments, including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and absentmindedness."
Janet Joy, PhD Alison Mack Marijuana as Medicine: Beyond the Controversy, 2001
7. 1538- Hemp Used During Middle Ages
"During the Middle Ages, hemp was central to any herbalist's medicine cabinet. William Turner, the naturalist considered the first English botanist, praises it in his New Herball, published in 1538."
Martin Booth Cannabis: A History, 2005
8. 1611-1762 - Jamestown Settlers Bring Marijuana to North America
"The Jamestown settlers brought the marijuana plant, commonly known as hemp, to North America in 1611, and throughout the colonial period, hemp fiber was an important export. Indeed, in 1762, 'Virginia awarded bounties for hemp culture and manufacture, and imposed penalties on those who did not produce it.'"
Bernard Segal, PhD Perspectives on Drug Use in the United States, 1986
9. 1745-1775 - George Washington Grows Hemp
"[George] Washington's diary entries indicate that he grew hemp at Mount Vernon, his...