Did you know that cannabis seed juice was used for earache and to drive worms and insects from out of the ears? We have found reference to this fact since the beginning of the Christian era through the 18th Century.
During this period cannabis was very intense in India and had spread through the Middle East and Africa. Arabian well known physicians mention cannabis, as Avicena, and around 1000 AD Muslims mention the use of cannabis as a diuretic, digestive, anti-flatulent, ‘to clean the brain’ and to soothe pain in the ears. In 1464, Ibn al-Badri reported the use of the plants resin on the caliph’s chamberlain’s son to treat epilepsy cured him completely but left him an addict who could not be without cannabis.
Cannabis was also known in Africa since around the 15th century and was more than likely introduced by the Arab traders that were connected to India. In Africa they have similar evidence in the preparing of the plant. Africans used the plant as medicine for snake bite, to facilitate childbirth, blackwater fever, malaria, blood poisoning, fever, anthrax, asthma, dysentery and was also famous in relieving the symptoms of asthma.
Cannabis traveled to the Americas around the 16th century and probably began in South America in Brazil. These seeds were more than likely brought over by African Slaves, especially those from Angola. Cannabis use in Northeastern rural areas by blacks was fairly common with most synonyms for cannabis having their origin in the Angolan language (moconha, diamba, liamba and others). There are several reports that cannabis was used in religious rituals along with tooth ache and menstrual cramps.
Around 1585 Thomas Heriot had traveled to America and seen hemp-like plants growing wild in Virginia and told his friend Sir Walter Raleigh who became very excited about the prospect of harvesting hemp in the Colonies. This hemp was inferior in strength to the cannabis although it does yield a fiber that suitable for weaving. This was Heriot’s hemp plant known as Acnida Cannbinum.