I’m sorry I can’t today. I am on a very tight smoking schedule.

Bring up the word “pot,” or better yet pull out your stash, and the first image that springs to most stoners’ minds are rolling a joint, packing a pipe, toking a bowl, hitting a bong, or setting a spark. These were the most common ways of getting high.

Yet it wasn’t always that way.

Ancient people almost exclusively consumed their cannabis, saved seeds for food, and used sticky flowers for medicinal, recreational, and religious use. One of the oldest recipes for cannabis-infused food comes to us from India. Called bhang, this customary cocktail of cannabis, milk, almonds, and garam masala combines a potent punch to a Hindu religious festival called Holi.

In the Western world, cannabis tinctures, which diffuse the plant’s active elements into an alcohol extract, would remain widely obtainable in drugstores until the late 1800s, allowed over the counter to treat melancholia, pain, stomach cramps, and other joint ailments.

The on of smoking pot didn’t become prevalent in the United States until early in the twentieth century. migrating Mexican laborers founded the practice to the Southwest, and touring jazz musicians expanded it to the rest of the region.

So while smoking weed boasts a long and impressive lineage, never forget that consuming cannabis is a sacred human tradition that’s older than history. Understanding Cannabis sativa as only another nutritious, healing, a therapeutic flower is a key to eliminating much of the anxiety and confusion heaped upon a hapless society and a mostly harmless plant by decades of state propaganda. In other words, stoners have been around forever.

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