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Cannabis, one of the first plants cultivated by humans?

Cannabis, one of the first plants cultivated by humans? Crazy, right? Imagine our Neolithic ancestors, already chilling with hemp leaves...

A team of researchers analyzed the DNA of 110 cannabis plants (yes, 110!) and discovered three distinct groups:

  • Hemp: used for its ultra-resistant fibers (perfect for ropes and sails) and its medical benefits (hello CBD!).

  • Marijuana: the star of psychotropics, appreciated for its "high" effects.

  • A third "basal" group: the missing link, the common ancestor of the other two, present only in China.

And here comes the surprise! Cannabis was first domesticated in China, about 12,000 years ago. That's much earlier than previously thought!

Later, about 2,000 years ago, cannabis split into two branches:

  • Hemp: still so useful and appreciated for its fibers and its curative properties.

  • Marijuana: with its THC level rising, it becomes the darling of psychedelic experience lovers.

Today, cannabis is a controversial plant. On the one hand, it is used for its therapeutic properties and industrial applications. On the other hand, its status as a psychotropic drug gets it into trouble.

But one thing is for sure: cannabis has a long and rich history that never ceases to amaze us. Who knows what the future holds for it?

In the meantime, we can relax with an organic hemp tea and remember the exploits of our Neolithic ancestors...

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