Then, in the early 20th century in the United States, the government found a totally new use for cannabis: as an immigration-management tool.
Misinformation about cannabis spread, fueling the unfounded belief that its psychoactive properties (primarily found in THC-rich varieties) made people violent and dangerous.
Beginning in 1916, states began to outlaw the plant, culminating in a national ban of it through the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937, which made no distinction between hemp (then a staple crop of the Americas — Jefferson even drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper!) and its THC-rich varieties.
Between 1937 and 2018, cannabis of all varieties disappeared from the American diet (not even our livestock were eating it!) and general environment. We’ve only recently begun to learn what we’ve been missing, and can only theorize about the implications of its absence on our overall health and wellness.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN MISSING: REINTRODUCING CANNABIS TO OUR DIETS
So, back to the question: Is it possible our physiology coevolved with the plant over time? Absolutely. Do we know how it helps us, or the impact of its absence from our diet? Not exactly. But we’re starting to figure it out.
Don’t worry — we won’t leave you hanging. Hang in there and we’ll loop you in on what we’ve learned since the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system (which was amazingly recent. Like 90s-grunge-recent). The implications of recent research are BLOWING OUR MINDS, and the basis for launching Zolt!