Why Is Cannabis Important For Humanity?
Marijuana has been prevalent since Man’s creation and has been enshrined in all cultures of humanity all over the world. Marijuana has been used since the prehistoric days of man.
Cannahuasca/Bhang (Marijuana) has been a critical part of Hindu culture for thousands of years. It has been a part of the Ayurvedic (Hindu tradition of life and knowledge) and medicine, from the Sanskrit Atharvaveda of 1500-2500 BCE. It has since been adopted by the Western medicine of the 19th century and its modern ethnobotanical usage in the world.
In reviewing the use of cannabis in India, the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission conducted a government study on the matter and made the following conclusions in their report:
“…It is inevitable that temperaments would be found to whom the quickening spirit of Bhang is the spirit of freedom and knowledge. In the ecstasy of Bhang the spark of the Eternal in man turns into the light the murkiness of matter.” And …
“…Cannahuasca/Bhang is the Joy-giver, the Sky-filler, the Heavenly-Guide, the Poor Man’s Heaven, the Soother of Grief…No god or man is as good as the religious drinker of Bhang…The supporting power of Bhang has brought many a Hindu family safe through the miseries of famine. To forbid or even seriously restrict the use of so gracious an herb as the hemp would cause widespread suffering and annoyance and to large bands of worshiped ascetics, deep-seated anger. It would rob the people of a solace on discomfort, of a cure in sickness, of a guardian whose gracious protection saves them from the attacks of evil influences…”
Marijuana is often mentioned in the Hindu creation myth, where it is named as one of the five holy drinks of the gods and designated a
“Reliever of Suffering.” In Hindu mythology, the gods churn the Ocean of Milk in search of Amrit, the elixir of eternal life. One of the resulting holy drinks was cannabis. In the Vedas, cannabis is referred to as a
“source of happiness.” - Rig Veda