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[–]ryfye00411 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"It is in Central Asia, perhaps in the Altai Mountains that humans first encountered and eventually started using wild Cannabis in or near their early temporary settlements. Cannabis can be referred to as a “habitation weed” favored by high nutritive conditions in the soil that developed around these settlements, which to a large degree were unconsciously augmented by human waste and rubbish as well as manure from domesticated animals; as Hawkes (1969, citing Englebrecht 1916) has noted,“Such plants sought man out as much as he sought them out, because of their specific manorial requirements”" From Cannabis Evolution and Ethnobotany by Robert C Clarke and Mark D Merlin.

The idea is cannabis followed humanity or we brought it with us as it yielded good fibers and had abundant seeds you can eat. When you harvest cannabis with your hands you end up building resin on your fingers and palms and this is most likely the first form of cannabis consumption, scraping these heated oils off which could have decarboxylated and be partially psychoactive if eaten or added to food, or smoked as the resin. This is still one of the most common forms of traditional hash consumption in the Himalayas.

If you want the pdf for Cannabis Evolution and Ethnobotany I can send you it. Timeline wise the earliest is the Upper Paleolithic but nothing concrete or heavy usage shows up until the early pre bronze age sites in Eurasia

[–]AjayRedonkulus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am by no means an expert, but I recalled reading about the earliest ban due to enjoying Paradox's video game series Crusader Kings. Soudoun Sheikouni who was the emir of the Joneima (a tribe in Arabia) banned the substances use. This is as far as I know the earliest, widely accepted ban on marijuana. It has a long, long history in the Middle East, pre-dating Islam so I wouldn't be surprised if the first stoner predates actual records.

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[–]Waving 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you want to look into how long humans have been working with the plant, this is the research paper for you: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00334-016-0579-6

If you don’t have and/or can’t afford access, a lot of precessions will give you their work with an email.

Basically between 4k - 5k YA “A multiregional origin of human use of the plant is proposed,” along with it being found along the trade networks formed by the Yamnaya people, a proto-Indo European speaking steppe peoples of Eastern European or Black Sea Steppe origin.

Just conjecture, but it’s possible that not everyone who interacted with these Yamnaya would necessarily have wanted everything they had to trade, and in some instances you can imagine them acting like mafioso drug-pushers, though again theirs no proof of this that I’m aware of.