As we have now learned, the history of cannabis and hemp go back 15,000 years, possibly more. So, it’s only been in recent times that this natural, medicinal plant has been declared illegal for political purposes. Especially here in America.
But you don’t have to go back 15,000 years to see other cultures embracing cannabis as not only a medicine, but as a religious sacrament. Our neighbors to the south in Jamaica, and specially the Rastafarian religion, have referred to cannabis as medicine for many years.
The most famous cannabis advocate, of course, is Bob Marley. He sang about legalizing marijuana as well as advocating it to his countrymen to ease their anxiety while living in poverty. He could see capitalism swooping in and making a productive marijuana crop in his country with its rich soil and year-round climates.
Despite what people commonly think, Rastafarians actually condemned the use of cannabis just to get high. It was used in religious ceremonies to promote an enhanced spiritual connection to God, nature, animals, and each other.
Fast-forward to 2017 in the U.S. It’s turning out to be that the Rastafarian reference to cannabis as medicine wasn’t a way to cover up recreational use, but it was because generations of their culture understood its connection to the mind and well-being. Doesn’t that sound like the description of an antidepressant?
Now, go turn on your TV during a sports weekend and watch countless ads for antidepressants that have incredibly long lists of side effects and possible bad consequences. Isn’t medical cannabis a better, more natural option?
With more research into the medical benefits of cannabis and with more cultural acceptance in the U.S., we may soon see more widespread acceptance and use of cannabis as an anti-depressant. Bob Marley and the Rastafarians may have had it right all along.