Eating cannabis dates as far back as 50,000 years ago. It was the en vogue way to consume for thousands of years. A 2019 book by Robyn Lawrence Griggs titled Pot in Pans: A History of Eating Cannabis highlights some notable edibles throughout history.
- Humans actively cultivated cannabis for food, fibre, and medicine
- Ethnobotanists believe it was one of the first plants people of the time explored
- Could be linked with growth in music, art, religion, and agriculture
Ancient India and the Islamic Golden Age
- Mahjoun is a hash-filled confection with spices, sweeteners, and other ingredients that was widely prevalent during this time, and used as more of a food
- There is a legend that mahjoun was used in the 11th century by Hassan-ibn-Sabbah to control his legion of blood-thirsty assassins
- The word hash comes from hashishine, the Persion word for assassin
- Mahjoun use spread to India, but was something that was consumed more for fun
- Bhang was a customary Indian beverage served to guests in the 12th Century as a marijuana-infused yogurt drink made with honey and spices
- Bhang remained so popular among the wealthy class that they managed to keep it legal, even with the U.S. pushing other countries to outlaw the substance in the 70’s.
- Surviving folk recipes give us a glimpse of how people were using weed in their everyday kitchens
- Cambodia used cannabis as seasoning in their food for centuries, particularly with “happy soup” served at weddings
- Indonesians would make dodol aceh, or a toffee-like candy
- Greece had Khylos, which was green cannabis seeds steeped in wine for days
- A popular Polish snack called for adding crushed cannabis seeds to salt and a little bit of oil and butter to spread on bread
- Mahjoun and hash consumption was popular among many prolific European and American writers
- A Majoon lozenge was created in New York with datura seeds and opium for the wealthy elite
- Gunjah Wallah Company produced hash-based maple candy as a more affordable option, sold across the U.S.
- By the turn of the century, negative public opinion started forming around hash consumption
- Rastafarians in Jamaica developed the ital diet, which prominently featured cannabis
- Mahjoun made a massive comeback with a Hashish Fudge recipe featured in the book The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, which is a collection of recipes based on her life in Paris
- Mary Rathbun (aka Brownie Mary) began selling her legendary pot brownies in San Francisco in the 70s
- The first cannabis coffee shop opened in 1972 in the Netherlands, which sold “space cakes”
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