The cannabis plant has become recognisable the world over for a variety of reasons, from its recreational popularity to its ongoing medicinal and industrial uses. This use dates back millennia since the plant’s origins in China around 10,000 years ago.
In our ‘Cannabis Use in the Ancient World’ series, we have already discovered how the Ancient Chinese made use of the plant, reviewed Ancient Hindu medical scripts, and discussed the sacred place of cannabis in Ancient Egypt. In this article, we will be travelling back to Classical Greece in order to learn more about how the plant was used in this innovative and influential society.
While there is significant evidence of the plant’s use in many ancient societies, such as Egypt and India, less information has survived from the time of the Classical period (510-323BC). Nonetheless, the evidence that does remain reveals some interesting facts about the Greeks use of cannabis.
Medical Cannabis in Classical Greece
In the world of ancient and classical Greece, the theory and practice of medicine were much different than it is today. Ancient Greek medicine widely revolved around the theory of the humors. A state of good health was believed to come from a perfect balance of the four humors: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile.
However, this ancient society apparently did appreciate the medicinal potential of the cannabis plant. Various records state the use of cannabis seeds or flowers – these terms were used interchangeably and referred to the seed-bearing effloresces of the plant – in various medical remedies.
Among the ailments for which an ancient or classical Greek citizen might find themselves prescribed cannabis are inflammation, earache, or edema (the swelling of a body part due to a build-up of fluid). Other records show how the Greeks also used the plant to dress wounds and sores on their horses
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