Ancient History of CBD

Medical Cannabis use has been recorded thousands of years ago in:

Ancient Egypt
The Ebers Papyrus (ca. 1550 BC) from Ancient Egypt has a prescription for medical marijuana applied directly for inflammation.

The Ebers Papyrus (ca. 1550 BC) from Ancient Egypt describes medical cannabis.[9] Other ancient Egyptian papyri that mention medical cannabis are the Ramesseum III Papyrus (1700 BC), the Berlin Papyrus (1300 BC) and the Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus VI (1300 BC).[10] The ancient Egyptians even used hemp (cannabis) in suppositories for relieving the pain of hemorrhoids.[11] Around 2,000 BCE, the ancient Egyptians used cannabis to treat sore eyes.[12] The egyptologistLise Manniche notes the reference to “plant medical cannabis” in several Egyptian texts, one of which dates back to the eighteenth century BCE.[13]

Ancient India

Cannabis was a major component in religious practices in ancient India as well as in medicinal practices. For many centuries, most parts of life in ancient India incorporated cannabis of some form.[14] Surviving texts from ancient India confirm that cannabis’ psychoactive properties were recognized, and doctors used it for treating a variety of illnesses and ailments. These included insomnia, headaches, a whole host of gastrointestinal disorders, and pain: cannabis was frequently used to relieve the pain of childbirth.[15] One Indian philosopher expressed his views on the nature and uses of bhang (a form of cannabis), which combined religious thought with medical practices. “A guardian lives in the bhang leaf. …To see in a dream the leaves, plant, or water of bhang is lucky. …A longing for bhang foretells happiness. It cures dysentry and sunstroke, clears phlegm, quickens digestion, sharpens appetite, makes the tongue of the lisper plain, freshens the intellect and gives alertness to the body and gaiety to the mind. Such are the useful and needful ends for which in His goodness the Almighty made bhang.”[14]

Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greeks used cannabis not only for human medicine, but also in veterinary medicine to dress wounds and sores on their horses.[16]

The Ancient Greeks used cannabis to dress wounds and sores on their horses.[16] In humans, dried leaves of cannabis were used to treat nose bleeds, and cannabis seeds were used to expel tapeworms.[16] The most frequently described use of cannabis in humans was to steep green seeds of cannabis in either water or wine, later taking the seeds out and using the warm extract to treat inflammation and pain resulting from obstruction of the ear.[16]

In the 5th century BC Herodotus, a Greek historian, described how the Scythians of the Middle East used cannabis in steam baths. These baths drove the people to a frenzied state.[16]

Medieval Islamic world

In the medieval Islamic worldArabic physicians made use of the diureticantiemeticantiepilepticanti-inflammatoryanalgesic and antipyretic properties of Cannabis sativa, and used it extensively as medication from the 8th to 18th centuries.[17

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