The debate about cannabis use has raged for decades in the UK.
On one side of the argument is the theory that the drug is harmless and should be de-criminalised and legalised. The other side of the debate asserts that cannabis use can result in significant mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, for its users.
While cannabis use continues to be tecnically illegal in the UK, a recent discovery has suggested that use of the cannabis plant dates back further than many people previously thought.
It’s been reported that researchers in China have found that traces of the drug have been discovered in wooden burners from the burial sites they were examining, indicating that cannabis plants were actually being smoked more than 2500 years ago.
Nicole Boivin, from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History states: “The findings support the idea that cannabis plants were first used for their psychoactive compounds in the mountainous regions of eastern Central Asia, thereafter spreading to other regions of the world.”