History of Marijuana in Mexico


Mexico represents an important role in the expansion of cannabis around the world, its history is part of a historical, social and economic bed that has transformed each of its events into relevant information at a political-social level. Origin of marijuana in Mexico The beginnings of this herb start in the Himalayan mountain ranges, Asia, spreading to the whole planet. In Mexico, with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, the Spaniards imported Cannabis seeds through large ships in order to produce textiles in “La Nueva España”, also using this plant for medicinal use. The conquest of Mexico lasted only 3 years, allowing Spain to bring a wider part of its culture to the country than it did to many others. From then on, the Mexican Indians began to cultivate hemp in their lands, initiating an extensive agriculture of marijuana plants in the territory. These were well received by the inhabitants because they were already accustomed to certain psychoactive herbs such as mushrooms, toloatzin, peyotes, rustic nicotine or also known as tobacco, among others. The plant was then easily forming part of the local culture. The use of marijuana was developing, both for religious rituals, medicinal or recreational uses, in the sixteenth century, the plant was used to regulate the menstrual cycle, relieve pain and treat gonorrhea, among many other uses. Another popular use of cannabis was to perform spiritual rituals, as reported by Guillermo Prieto in 1657, an indigenous community of San Juan del Rio, used to smoke marijuana to enter into a trance and thus know if two people were destined to marry. The Prohibition Era; 20th Century By the beginning of the 20th century, the population saw the consumption of these herbs as completely normal, something that called the attention of the neighboring country due to the strong Mexican…

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