Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae, three of the most recognized; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. The origin of the Cannabis plant is thought to have come from the northeastern Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. Cannabis plants vary in height from 3 feet to 15 feet tall, with thick fibrous stocks, numerous branches, having five to seven leaves. As the plant grows it will become full of trichomes producing a sticky resinous layer that protects the plant.
Cannabis (Cannabises) has been used throughout the world for medicinal and religious purposes for thousands of years, ancient texts speak of the use of cannabis in many forms being used to treat variety of aliments including malaria, insomnia, constipation, and rheumatism.
The earliest written accounts of cannabis come from ancient china, where there are medical journals treating over 100 different aliments. Cannabis/ Hemp in one form or another was used to make medicine, parchment, clothes, ropes, tents, seeds for food and fodder for livestock. The earliest evidence for cannabis usage is ten thousand years old with seeds found in a clay jar on the island of Okinoshima, Japan. Neo-lithic cave painting depicts the distinct five finger hemp plant on the walls.