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Cannabis: A Folk Remedy in Europe

Written by Matthew Clark


The cannabis plant is extraordinarily versatile: it can be used for textiles, oil, food, rope, building materials, medicine and inebriation. During several millennia, particular varieties have been selectively bred by humans for either fibre, seed or psychoactive properties. This has resulted in numerous different kinds of cannabis plant. In this article we will be looking at the discovery of cannabis, its botanical classification, and its historical use as a medicine in Europe.

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