By Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin
"'Cannabis: evolution and ethnobotany' is a accomplished, interdisciplinary exploration of the traditional origins and early evolution of this well-known plant, highlighting its historical position within the improvement of human societies. hashish has lengthy been prized for the powerful and sturdy fiber in its stalks, its fit for human consumption and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced through its woman vegetation. The culturally helpful and sometimes irreplaceable items derived from hashish deeply encouraged the industrial, scientific, ritual, and spiritual practices of cultures during the a while, and human hope for those commodities directed the evolution of the plant towards its modern forms. As curiosity in hashish grows and public debate over its many makes use of rises, this publication may help us comprehend why humanity keeps to depend upon this plant and adapts it to fit our needs."--Ebook's establishing monitor (EBL platform, seen October nine, 2013). Read more...
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Some major aspects of Cannabis’s use in modern medicine are also discussed. Chapter 9 examines the large body of evidence from ancient texts, historical accounts, ethnographic research, and archeological sites concerning the ritual use of nonpsychoactive Cannabis in various parts of Europe and East Asia. Here we focus attention on symbolic, ceremonial, and spiritual aspects of hemp in traditional cultures where it has long been cultivated. Chapter 10 continues our investigation of the influence of humans on the evolution of Cannabis by following the work of plant breeders during the last century.
With this in mind, we have attempted to assemble enough data to support the hypotheses for the natural origin and early evolution of Cannabis presented here. However, we have constructed only the skeleton of our model, and an additional, more rigorous, biosystematic analysis is still needed to flesh out more detail. Basic Life Cycle of Cannabis Typically, Cannabis is a medium to tall, erect, annual herb, but environmental influences strongly affect the growth habits of individual plants throughout its range.
The timing and location of the earliest cultivation of Cannabis, as with most plants, may never be completely ascertained, and although we do not have archeological evidence for very early cultivation of Cannabis in Central Asia (probably due to the lack of sufficient research in that general region), we do know that hemp was planted quite early on in East Asia and most likely much later in Europe (see Chapter 4 for a full discussion of cultural spread and early farming of Cannabis and Chapter 12 for a detailed look at climate change and glacial refugia).