How Serious Was Drug Abuse in Ancient Times?

Drug Abuse, Ancient Times

Emperor Shennong

The world’s first recorded use of medical marijuana is dated circa 2700 BC under Emperor Shennong of China. He used it to treat rheumatism and gout and encouraged people to grow cannabis for industrial purposes. Given that his name literally translates as “divine farmer”, it isn’t really that surprising. However, Emperor Shennong is somewhat of a mythical figure and his existence hasn’t been one hundred percent confirmed to this day.

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