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What You Didn’t Learn in History Class About Cannabis

by Kerrigan Behrens December 05, 2017 0 Comments

What You Didn’t Learn in History Class About Cannabis

Trust in Cannabis--as a health remedy--is finally returning.

For thousands of years, cannabis was not only legal but an important crop among cultures throughout history. It held commercial, medicinal, and spiritual value.

Cannabis flowers, seeds, buds, and roots have been used in the form of powder, oil, paste, drinks, edibles, and drugs to treat ailments since 2737 B.C.

Despite how long something has been around for (and it doesn’t get much longer than “thousands of years!”), trust is a funny thing. It takes considerable time to be built, and yet a mere matter of moments to be destroyed or questioned. Unfortunately, the breakdown of trust, in this case, was due to misinformation and fear.

Cannabis has been used widely across the world and the ages, from the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships. But political and racial factors in the 20th century led to the criminalization of cannabis in the United States.

Here’s your express history lesson:

  • 2737 B.C. - One of the first major leaders in the ancient world to officially prescribe marijuana (in the form of tea) by Emperor Shen Neng was to treat illnesses such as gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory.
  • 100-1000s A.D. - During the Middle Ages in Europe, cannabis was integrated into folk medicine and used to treat tumors, cough, and jaundice.
  • The Late 1700s. - At this point, some American medical journals were suggesting using hemp seeds and roots to treat various health problems, including skin inflammation and incontinence.
  • 1906 - At a time when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was created to prevent another morphine addiction crisis (mainly opium and morphine), Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. introduced marijuana to the country, popularizing the recreational use of the drug.
  • By 1970 it was categorized as a Schedule I drug and was listed as having no accepted medical use.

So, Why is Cannabis on the Up and Up?

Sagely, along with a handful of other cannabis brands, are actively trying to shed light on how the cannabis plant can provide effective and clean health benefits--a direct challenge to its categorization as a Schedule 1 drug.

Part of our mission is clearing up the confusion between hemp and marijuana as well as educating and raising awareness of the hemp compound CBD as the super-plant that it is.

In short:

  • hemp (what Sagely products are made of) containsmore CBD (the component that brings balance safely back to the body) and less THC (the psychoactive element),
  • marijuana, on the other hand, containsmore THC (the psychoactive element) and less CBD.

And while we don’t think we should go back to ancient times and replicate how emperors once used the cannabis plant, what we can do is harness that historical data and pair it with modern day techniques and science.

That way we believe we can:

  • Glean even better and more effective outcomes for people looking for plant-based medicinal options.  
  • Better educate and inform the world about alternative natural pain relief options (and why Popsugar even referred to our products as the ‘Organic, All-Natural Baby of Xanax and Advil!’)
  • Make a dent in the fact that 1 in 3 Americans suffer from chronic pain daily, and
  • Create products that are safe, that work, that are scientifically based, and that even your Mom would be proud to display in her bathroom cabinet!

So we invite you to join the groundswell of people becoming more informed about the relief and recovery benefits of the cannabis plant.

Because then together we can create the next chapter in the history book of cannabis use that we can all look back on with pride.

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Kerrigan Behrens

Kerrigan Behrens' passion for CBD and its therapeutic benefits led her to launch Sagely Naturals alongside Kaley Nichol in 2015. She is motivated by the ability to use plant-based ingredients to effectively replace toxic products in her customers' medicine cabinets and she lives for customer testimonials. She currently serves as the Cofounder and CMO of Sagely Naturals.