The History of Cannabis
Medicinal cannabis is not something new. It has been around for centuries. In much of the world, ancient physicians mixed cannabis into medicines to treat pain and ailments. The hemp plant flowers were recommended in 120 forms of disease and ailments to assist with pain and healing. In the 19th century, cannabis was introduced in Western Medicine for therapeutical use. This practice continued throughout the 1800’s and every part of the plant was used for different purposes in different ways.
In the mid to late 1800’s, some states started passing poison laws and banning what could and could not be sold to the public. Fast forward to 1911, when Massachusetts passed a law requiring a prescription for sales of Indian hemp. In 1913, California, Maine, Wyoming, and Indiana all voted to ban marijuana. In 1917, Colorado legislators passed a law making it a misdemeanor to use and cultivate any marijuana plants.
By 1933, 29 states had declared it a narcotic and had criminalized cannabis. It seemed that all our states wanted to jump on the banned wagon and join forces to make it illegal to grow, possess, or use marijuana in any form. What was once a cure was now a curse on humanity.
Texas passed a law in 1931 making possession of cannabis punishable up to a life sentence. Let’s jump forward to 1973 when Texas amends their law to declare that possession of four ounces or less is a misdemeanor. That same year, Oregon (one of the first 10 states to ban cannabis) became the first state to decriminalize it.
In 1978, New Mexico passes the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act, becoming the first state to enact legislation recognizing the medical value of marijuana.
As of November 4, 2020, only 8 states in the United States are still 100% totally illegalized on cannabis for recreational or medical use. Possession is still a crime and the growing or cultivating even for medicinal purposes is punishable by law in these 8 states. In the remaining 42 states, it is a mixture of some states allow possession, some don’t. Some you can use it for medicinal purposes and some you can’t. Some states allow cannabis to be sold for medicinal purposes but there are strict laws on the amount of THC and CBD used in oils, creams, and medicine in the CBD industry.
Present Day Cannabis
It seems to me that we have come full circle. Cannabis and its biproducts have gone from being used as treatment for 120 illnesses to being against the law then back to being legalized again. And it is available in many forms for medicinal purposes in many of the states.
When it was first legalized, it was just a cottage industry where people would grow it and sale it to be used for medicinal purposes to small companies. As the laws became more relaxed, the cannabis business began to grow. The industry reported $52 billion in sales in 2019 along with a 76% increase in cannabis jobs the same year. There are plenty of statistics to show marijuana’s startling contributions to the US economy.
Initially, it was reduced to a powder and mixed with wine for administration. In the 1970s, synthetic THC was created to be administered in capsule form for pain. However, the main mode of administration for cannabis has been and always will be smoking because its effects are almost immediate when the smoke is inhaled.
When we started Twisted Crystal Artisans, we decided to create a brand of tee shirts and other items to promote and support the cannabis industry. We knew we wanted our shirts all made from organic hemp. In looking for that perfect name for our brand, we decided on Toke Lyf. Toke simply means to smoke and Lyf is derived from ancient Scandinavian meaning medicine so to put it simply it translates to Smoke Medicine.
Watch for our Toke Lyf brand launching this month.
This post is not written to endorse nor condemn the use of cannabis or any related products. It is simply an educational article to show the background of a product that has been around since ancient times. Our sources for statistics are from The SAGE Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society, Marijuana: A Study of State Policies and Penalties (PDF), National Governors’ Conference Center for Policy Research and Analysis, DISA Global Solutions, and Business Insider as well as links contained inside their articles. We will continue with other articles throughout the year to continue to educate and inform our audience. We hope you will stay tuned for more.