Article by Calvin Hughes, Civilized
Cannabis has been in Europe longer than Europeans according to recent research, which has discovered that the plant grew wild in the western continent long before humans arrived.
By analyzing fossilized pollen, researchers were able to determine that the history of cannabis in Europe goes back further than initially thought. “Cannabis is indigenous to Europe,” according to John McPartland – the study’s author.
Human cultivation of the plant in Europe actually began somewhere around 3200 BCE, during the Copper or Bronze Ages, but “not during the Neolithic Age, when Europe’s first farmers began cultivating other plants,” McPartland said.
These findings not only expand our understanding of how cannabis came to Europe, but also why in comparison to cannabis in Asia, European cannabis tends to have higher CBD (one of the main non-psychoactive compounds found in cannabis) content than THC (the primary psychoactive ingredient, or the stuff that gets you high). This was largely thought to be a product of human cultivation practices, but now it looks like it was natural development and evolution over time.