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By Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin

ISBN-10: 0520954572

ISBN-13: 9780520954571

ISBN-10: 1299713254

ISBN-13: 9781299713253

"'Cannabis: evolution and ethnobotany' is a finished, interdisciplinary exploration of the normal origins and early evolution of this recognized plant, highlighting its ancient function within the improvement of human societies. hashish has lengthy been prized for the powerful and sturdy fiber in its stalks, its fit for human consumption and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced through its lady plants. The Read more...

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hashish has been prized for the sturdy fiber in its stalks, and oil-rich seeds, and psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by way of its girl flora. This booklet includes comprehensive, Read more...

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Including up to three species), Cannabis sativa (NLH and NLHA), Cannabis indica (NLD, NLDA, BLD, and BLH), and possibly Cannabis ruderalis (PA). We support the latter taxonomy (see Table 1 and also Chapter 11 for a more detailed discussion of Cannabis taxonomy). In any case, we suggest that there are three population types for Cannabis plants based on their natural origins and associations with humans: (1) those that are truly wild, (2) those that are cultivated, and (3) those that grow spontaneously in areas associated with (and often disturbed by) humans, either derived from truly wild populations or from feral escapes from cultivation.

Variation extant today at the subspecies and biotype levels results from relatively recent post-LGM expansion with human assistance and builds upon a much more ancient evolutionary foundation.

Chapters 5 and 6 present detailed histories of different traditional uses of Cannabis fiber and seed. Thus we learn how Cannabis fiber has been utilized for cordage, cloth, and paper in Chapter 5, and then how it provides seed oil, food, and fodder in Chapter 6. In these two chapters, the ancient as well as modern cultural dispersal of Cannabis for fiber and seed use throughout much of Eurasia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere are described and explained. Chapter 7 presents a detailed discussion of ancient through more modern Cannabis use for psychoactive purposes in ritual and recreational contexts.

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