Of course, this is only a fragment of the near-inexhaustible history of cannabis – it wouldn’t be possible to cover it all in one, easily digestible article! But hopefully it’s enough to give you some idea of the widespread use and reverence of the plant.
This continued up until 1906, that is, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was created.
- In 1914 drug use was defined as a crime for the first time, and cannabis was lumped into the drug category.
- In 1928 the new US legislation made it to the UK, although at that point, cannabis remained legal for medicinal and industrial use, just with ‘marijuana tax’ added.
- Despite thousands of years of safe, medicinal, ceremonial and recreational use, President Richard Nixon put the final nail in the coffin with his infamous ‘war on drugs’ campaign, at which point cannabis (even hemp strains with no psychoactive properties) was rescheduled as a drug with no medicinal benefits, alongside extremely dangerous drugs such as heroin.
- The UK followed America’s lead and listed all cannabis and hemp as a Class B drug with the passage of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.