When not Planting Cannabis became Illegal

When not Planting Cannabis became Illegal

Cannabis cultivation and use in Western Europe As observed in previous blogs, over the course of the last five millennia or so, cannabis has periodically been cultivated in various places in Asia and Europe for making rope and textiles. Several of the earliest finds of cannabis in Western Europe come from Germany, probably introduced there by Teutonic tribes migrating from Eastern to Western Europe. Possibly the earliest find to date of cannabis in Western Europe was of seeds in the remains of an early Neolithic farming community in Germany, at Eisenberg in Thuringia, dating to between 5400 and 4900 BCE; however, this early date has been challenged (Clarke and Merlin 2013:113). In another early find in Western Europe, remains of cannabis dating to the 5th century BCE were found in 1896 in a funerary urn in Brandenburg, Germany (Reininger 1972:32). Cannabis fibre was also found in an early Iron Age Celtic grave at Hochdorf in southern Germany, also dating to around the 5th or 6th centuries BCE (Clarke and Merlin 2013:113). Discovered in a coffin beneath the crypt of the Cathedral of St-Denis in Paris were the remains of a Frankish queen, her gold jewellery, fine clothes and also a cloth made of hemp (Werner 1964:212). The Frank kingdom, founded by the Merovingian King Clovis, who ruled from 482 to 511 CE, was first established in Belgium, northern France and the Rhineland; it was subsequently extended throughout France and Germany. This tomb dates to the 6th century CE and provides…

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