Today, although marijuana is legalized mostly for its medicinal properties, many still see it as a psychedelic drug consumed solely by lazy and unproductive people. Before it became so stigmatized and outlawed, it was used for thousands of years for both medicinal and recreational purposes. During that time, marijuana wasn’t such a highly controlled substance as it is now, so consumers used it for more purposes than they do now because they had more freedom to do so. History shows that marijuana had a role in both religion and culture in many ancient civilizations across the world. The Middle Ages or Medieval Times as some scholars call it, is a prime example of a period when marijuana was used regularly.
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