Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany by Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin

By Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin

Hashish: Evolution and Ethnobotany is a entire, interdisciplinary exploration of the typical origins and early evolution of this recognized plant, highlighting its historical position within the improvement of human societies. hashish has lengthy been prized for the robust and sturdy fiber in its stalks, its fit to be eaten and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced through its woman plants. The culturally worthy and infrequently irreplaceable items derived from hashish deeply inspired the industrial, clinical, ritual, and non secular practices of cultures in the course of the a while, and human wish for those commodities directed the evolution of the plant towards its modern forms. As curiosity in hashish grows and public debate over its many makes use of rises, this ebook can help us comprehend why humanity keeps to depend upon this plant and adapts it to fit our wishes.

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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.

Some varieties could have migrated so far north that the summer season was too short to produce psychoactive levels of THC and evolved into fiber or seed varieties under human selection. Under this scenario, the PA, C. ruderalis, collected during the Natural Origins and Early Evolution 23 twentieth century, in turn, would likely have evolved from C. sativa as this species spread farther north into the Central Asian region formerly known as Turkestan. However, there is little evidence to support this scenario and several reasons to challenge it.

The Farmer’s Cyclopedia (United States Department of Agriculture 1914) briefly describes the moisture requirements for fiber Cannabis cultivation in the temperate continental United States, providing us with insight into its natural adaptation: “Hemp requires about 110 days for its growth. It should have a rainfall of at least 10 inches [25 centimeters] during this period. ” Cannabis plants display prominent adaptations to a variety of moisture conditions that relate closely to its differing uses.

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