Did Most Ancient Civilizations Smoke Marijuana? (Opinion)
The Moai of Easter Island. The pyramids of Giza. Stonehenge. What do these monuments have in common, you may ask? They were all built by very creative ancient peoples with limited resources.
The construction/placement of these monuments is questioned by many, because they are all comprised of huge slabs of solid stone and modern machinery (e.g. cranes) didn’t exist. It is believed that on Easter Island, the natives had used a type of hemp rope to move their statues. After all, by the time the island was discovered it was completely treeless. According to Live Science, “an archeologist named Carl Lipo and his team tested this by attaching three hemp ropes to a statue and having a team of 18 people rock it back and forth until it “walked”. Lipo and his team were able to move the hunk of stone 328 feet (100 meters) in less than an hour, they reported in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Easter Islanders would have had woody shrubs similar to marijuana plants to use in making rope, the researchers argued”.
Cannabis itself is considered to be one of the first cultivated plants in human history. For thousands of years, sativa plants were cultivated for their seeds, fiber and flowers, utilized by ancient peoples for clothing, paper, rope and much more. Indica plants found use across southeast Asia as spiritual enhancers, and were popular for religious rituals. Biblical scholars insist that the “holy herb” commonly referenced in numerous Bible verses and books is the cannabis plant itself, as it was a common crop in the region and its psychoactive properties weren’t unknown. This is further supported by the fact that the component of the holy anointing oil in the Bible is referred to as qannabōs, the precursor word to cannabis.
Which brings me back to the question: did most ancient civilizations smoke marijuana? In my opinion, yes. Why? Because so many of the monuments left behind by these civilizations show strong creativity and artistic talent that you don’t really see much of anymore. You have these isolated groups of people that existed long before any type of “war on drugs” was enacted anywhere and played by their own rules, in addition to evidence of the plant’s proliferation in these areas, including cannabis residue found in numerous variations of healing pastes in Egypt. The idea that the ropes used to move the Moai came from plants that were “woody shrubs similar to marijuana plants” does not dissuade me from the idea that they also cultivated the real deal. And why wouldn’t they? It’s just too obvious for them to have missed.
These were people that helped build their societies not for money, but basically because they could. The Moai were likely carved as spiritual pieces in the same way that the Giza pyramids were constructed as temples for their pharaohs, and as alluded to earlier, marijuana is a spiritual enhancer (and likely not just limited to southeast Asia). The myth that marijuana transforms people into mind-wiped zombies is exactly that, a myth.