Discovering the origins and history of hashish: when this product was born and how it came to spread around the world
The earliest history of hashish is still shrouded in mystery.
The evidence regarding the birth of this product is uncertain, many manuscripts about it have been lost, and historians have interpreted much evidence in discordant ways.
Nevertheless, most scholars seem to agree on one piece of information: hashish first appeared in Arabia around the 10th century (although it is unclear whether this was a discovery of the locals or the result of outside influences).
And then? After its invention, what happened?
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We will find out in the following paragraphs.
Here is the history of hashish in five stages.
1) Arabia and the sheikh who loved hashish
Today, we have all heard of legal hashish, burbuka hashish, charas and Pakistani hashish… It is all the result of the global spread of this product which, over time, has taken on many forms and characteristics.
In the past, however, entire nations were not even aware of the existence of hashish.
But, over the centuries, how have things gone?
We have already mentioned that the first evidence of the use of hashish was found in Arabia, and it was here that a sheikh reigned who played an essential role in the spread of this product.
It was Sheikh Haidar who, appreciating its properties, encouraged his subjects and followers to use it quite legally.
Thanks to its approval and influence (dating back to the period between 1155 and 1221), hashish began to spread to neighbouring countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Egypt.
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2) Hashish reaches new continents with Genghis Khan
If Haydar’s was a significant contribution to the spread of hashish, Genghis Khan’s contribution was even more remarkable. He and his Mongol troops advanced to conquer new territories and spread hashish to Russia and Central Asia.
The success of this product on other continents gave rise to a flourishing trade network, which in turn encouraged the spread of hashish in Europe.
Although the circulation of this marijuana derivative was opposed by various personalities, including Marco Polo, the buying and selling of hashish did not stop. In fact, at the height of the industrial revolution, the hashish trade grew, even more, coinciding with the increased production and distribution of tobacco.
In short, the era of colonialism and the industrial revolution triggered a network of exchanges between different world cultures, which only increased its success!
3) Napoleon and intellectual circles: nineteenth-century Europe is divided
From the advances of the Mongolian army onwards, through ups and downs, the spread of hashish continued, to the point where this hemp derivative became a legal and freely usable product.
However, in 1800 something changed at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte.
When he led his troops to conquer Egypt in 1798, his soldiers, unable to find alcohol to relieve combat tension, began to take hashish.
This product was so popular with French soldiers that, on their return, they imported the practice of consuming hashish into other ranks of French and European society.
But Napoleon disliked that his followers were using a drug imported from a people he considered ‘inferior’, so in 1800 he banned its use by both the French army and the Egyptian people.
However, in opposition to Napoleon’s ideas, some loved hashish and not a little.
It is how ‘Le club des Hashischins’ (‘the club of hashish eaters‘) was born, a club of very prominent people, including Victor Hugo and Jacques-Joseph Moreau, author of the book ‘Hashish and Mental Alienation’, a unique work that did not take long to spread.
4) The 20th century: the prohibition era begins
Despite the overt opposition of Napoleon and many other illustrious figures, the market for hashish and hemp Sativa did not come to a halt and, indeed, in 1894 reached its peak.
Later on, however, things were different, and a drastic decline began.
The advancement of the pharmaceutical industry and the spread of news about the dangers of taking cannabis-based drugs meant that the use of hashish was suppressed and demonised in many ways.
Laws relating to the cultivation of cannabis and the production of cannabis products were tightened worldwide. As a result, their consumption was banned, leading to today’s situation.
In short, the golden age of hashish can be considered over.
5) Hashish today: the birth of legal hashish
Despite the stringent laws on buying and selling cannabis and its derivatives, we know that the illegal trade in these products has never stopped.
However, after years and years of struggle, the world of hemp is finding renewed success.
Thanks to developing new types of legal hemp and THC-free hashish: CBD hashish.
The plants of these new species (with a shallow THC content) produce many derivatives that have no psychotropic effects, such as CBD crystals. These crystals are then used to make legal hashish.
Today, it is also possible to buy legal hashish in the UK; however, the laws regarding its consumption are still unclear.
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