The Cannabis plant, or marijuana, as many know it, has been around for many thousands of years. For about as long we have solid recorded history to look back on, that’s over 7,000 years for some ancient Chinese texts, there has been clear evidence of the practical and beneficial use of cannabis to improve people’s lives and enhance their cultural being. It is of no wonder then, that this useful plant would eventually make it to the good old USA, and boy has it ever!
In the increasingly relevant discussion about personal drug use and prohibition in this country, there arises a great need for accurate and credible source material by which to properly guide our discourse. While there are many books and films out about the history of marijuana prohibition in America, one would be hard pressed to do much better than “Marijuana Conviction” as a reliable source for the true story of cannabis prohibition in the U.S., and there’s a good reason why.
There are undoubtedly a good number of people that use marijuana for various reasons, and no one could deny that there are an increasingly large number of people being diagnosed with cancer, but who would have ever thought that the two could possibly fit together in a beneficial, and potentially game-changing way? Well, get yourself some of your favorite snacks, a nice place to sit, and prepare to be amazed, if not utterly outraged, at what you are about to see and hear.
Ahh marijuana, that unabashed victim of so much misplaced disdain. What’s a poor plant to do? Well, thankfully, we humans, some of us anyway, seem to have an insatiable thirst for true knowledge. That drive I refer to is crucially important to the way we live, and to accurately assessing just what is useful to us and can potentially make our lives easier, more efficient, and even more enjoyable.
Although there are more than a few films out there about the history of marijuana, few tell the tale as informatively, and entertainingly, as Grass. This is a full-length documentary film that is narrated by Hollywood film star Woody Harrelson, himself being known for an outwardly positive attitude toward cannabis. Harrelson does a smart job of handling these duties, and is easy to listen too through the 80 minutes of the production.
Whether you see it as a harmless way to relax and reflect, or some kind of a gateway portal to the proverbial “Dark Side”, and inevitably abysmal consequences, one thing is for sure, the cannabis plant is here for the long haul, so you’d might as well try and educate yourself about it, right? In doing so, as an admittedly avid cannabis information junkie of sorts, I must forewarn the necessity of prudent source checks, as credibility is key to honest discourse about subject matter of such importance, and controversy.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana
If and when you really want to get serious about sorting out all the information, and misinformation, about the cannabis plant, its real dangers and beneficial uses, and much of the conspiracy to demonize marijuana in the United States and elsewhere, then there is certainly one book that absolutely must be on your personal list of resources; Jack Herer’s wonderful and widely respected tomb “The Emperor Wears no Clothes”.
As many are probably aware of these days, marijuana has become a frequent topic in American political discourse, as well as in many other nations around the world. It seems as though the world is in a state of re-realization of what positive benefits the marijuana plant has to offer, how we can sensibly regulate its use, and why the alternative perspectives being enforced through current laws have largely gotten it, well, pretty much all wrong.
Although marijuana has been historically confirmed to have been used for over ten thousand years now as fabric, rope, and food, it was significantly later in history that people finally figured out the psychoactive properties of the plant. The first evidence we have of such use dates back to Chinese Emperor Shen-nung around 2000 B.C. Indeed, that’s still a very long time ago! Eventually, the knowledge of marijuana as a potentially useful drug began to spread around the globe, likely via established trade routes of the time. Indeed, the history of marijuana is quite interesting, isn't it?
For as long as we can effectively track a relationship between marijuana and humans, there seems to be a beneficial connection between the two. For as far back as thousands of years ago, when we first started keeping records, scientists have found clear evidence that marijuana has been used as clothing, rope and lashing, medicine, and possibly even recreationally. That’s a lot of history to show how marijuana has the ability to make our human lives easier and more efficient.