A Brief History of Weed.

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on Aug 13, 2009
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This shit is amazing. I didn’t know any of it. George Washington’s main crop was cannabis? Columbus first brought it to the New World? Dude! Jamestown settlers required to grow it?

Heavy man, it’s a trip:


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17 Responses to “A Brief History of Weed.”

  1. here's some links to a real grassroots history of hemp from 1994, not digital quality, but the real experts, and includes a great dramatization of Tom Jefferson, George Washington, and Ben Franklin, based on some of their diary experts.


  2. Chris Fisher says:

    Thanks for sharing these. And thanks to Neriah and Evan for their input as well – very interesting and informative.

  3. Dale Clark says:

    There has to be something more to why they banned hamp in the first place. it's such a useful crop for manufacturing as well as recreational uses. Bring it back!

    • Emily says:

      The same reason they banned opium and cocaine- race. Hearst and yellow journalism are largely responsible for its illegalization, due to stories published crazed Chinamen hopped up on opium, or crazed Negroes hopped up on cocaine, or crazed Hispanics hopped up on… you guessed it!

    • Taylor says:

      There are many reasons why they made it illegal. Mostly because of the fact that hemp can be used to make several things from rope and clothing to paper. Now I'm no history buff but I do believe that people who run paper companies aren't too fond of such a versatile product. They'd lose a lot of business therefore losing that much more money. You have to think about it in the sense of how does our country work…. The people who have the most money are behind a lot of major corporations, news channels so on and so forth and since these people have that money they have more influence on certain things. So if im a big wig at a paper company Im going to be pretty pissed if people are using other alternatives so I'm going to do what's in my power to take care of it and what's the one and only thing that can be done with hemp that can't be done with trees is smoking it or getting high off it. That's the only argument anyone has as to why it shouldnt be around…"it alters your mind" so someone goes around spreading a bunch of lies about how bad it is since they have the money to and BAM its illegal. Though alcohol is perfectly legal even though you can't get anything from it but a hangover. I don't believe it has so much to do with race. It could be some of it especially when stories are being published because thats how they get people is with crazy stupid stories but if you look at how the world works its always about money. I'm not saying that's why it's illegal now but when it first became illegal I do believe that's a big reason why. The reason it's illegal now is because people are dumb and have been given the wrong facts in there life. Like I said I'm no history buff but I know I'm not completely wrong.

      • Tom says:

        The thing is it was an industry that was making legal money and very profitable for those that were harvesting it. One major hit was from the rope manufacturing industry. Sailing ships used hemp for all their rigging until the shift to steam.

    • bruce says:

      I figured it was pressure by the petrochemicals industry, the ‘conventional medicine’ industry and the military machine (stoned soldiers do not make for willing cannon fodder).

  4. Cliff says:

    Hemp: food, fuel, fiber and fun!

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  7. Well, George Washington and Jamestoen colonists grew hemp, not cannabis.

  8. Dace says:

    The very important point is missing. Hemp was banned and outlawed because of the coal and oil industries because hemp was cheap and easy alternative for bio plastic, paper, fiber, building material etc.
    Of course, smoking and getting oneself dizzy with cannabis type is not the smartest thing a human can do but the regular hemp that grows fast, easy grown without chemicals is a great threat to the BIG corporations using non renewable resources.
    Hemp can save the world!

  9. leslie says:

    My mother grew up in Nebraska in the 1920s and 30s, and one of her memories is the smell of marijuana. Lots of people smoked it.

  10. Carl says:

    Informative videos like this should be shown the world over to educate the masses about how and when Cannabis was used , when it was made illegal and why and what can be done to bring this plant back to the people who deserve it and need it for medical ailments. My company, is working to create an educational database and test Cannabis for its active cannabinoids and videos like this make me realize how important our work really is.

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  12. Kris Lord says:

    Medicaljane has an article titled 'Exposed' that talks about all the big names behind the ridiculous classification of it as a Schedule 1 drug – Hearst, Mellon, DuPont, etc… It literally boils down to greed and politics.

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