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  • 2900 BC-1599 AD
    "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."
  • 1500 BC - Earliest Written Reference to Medical Marijuana in Chinese Pharmacopeia
    "The use of cannabis for purposes of healing predates recorded history. The earliest written reference is found in the 15th century BC Chinese Pharmacopeia, the Rh-Ya."
  • 1213 BC - Egyptians Use Cannabis for Glaucoma, Inflammation, and Enemas
    Cannabis pollen is found on the mummy of Ramesses II, who died in 1213 BC. Prescriptions for cannabis in Ancient Egypt include treatment for the eyes (glaucoma), inflammation, and cooling the uterus, as well as administering enemas.
  • 1000 BC - Bhang, a Drink of Cannabis and Milk, Is Used in India as an Anesthetic
    Bhang, a cannabis drink generally mixed with milk, is used as an anesthetic and anti-phlegmatic in India. Cannabis begins to be used in India to treat a wide variety of human maladies.
  • 700 BC - Medical Use of Marijuana in the Middle East Recorded in the Venidad
    "The Venidad, one of the volumes of the Zend-Avesta, the ancient Persian religious text written around the seventh century BC purportedly by Zoroaster (or Zarathustra), the founder of Zoroastrianism, and heavily influenced by the Vedas, mentions bhang and lists cannabis as the most important of 10,000 medicinal plants."
  • 200 BC - Medical Cannabis Used in Ancient Greece
    In ancient Greece, cannabis is used as a remedy for earache, edema, and inflammation.
  • 70 - Roman Medical Text Cites Cannabis to Treat Earaches and Suppress Sexual Longing
    "Pedanius Dioscorides (circa AD 40-90), a Greek physician who was a Roman army doctor and traveled widely on campaigns throughout the Roman empire, studied many plants, gathering his knowledge into a book he titled De Materia Medica (On Medical Matters). Published about AD 70 it became the most important medical tome of the next 1500 years. Irrefutably included in it was cannabis, both kannabis emeros and kannabis agria, the male and female respectively. Dioscorides stated bluntly that the plant which was used in the making of rope also produced a juice that was used to treat earache and suppress sexual longing."
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