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History Christopher Columbus, Discoverer of the New World: Avid Cannabis User

Christopher Columbus, Discoverer of the New World: Avid Cannabis User

Christopher Columbus

The Spanish and Portuguese well understood the medicinal miracles of marijuana, the same that Americans are just really beginning to fight for. In 1492, a small fleet of vessels was commissioned to set sail in search of the prosperous New World that lied many, many moons across the violent and unknown realms of the vast ocean. With crude navigational charts and instruments, Christopher Columbus headed up the fleet's command and bravely took on the job.

What many Americans fail to realize is that Columbus and Crew had their vessels quite well stocked with marijuana - and not just enough for the trip to the New World; enough to last them until they arrived, planted and harvested their own. You see, life on the ocean is no joke. It leaves no room for the weak, confused or fearful. The bold life of a sailor, especially a sailor in 1492, was and is a journey that embraces elements and realities that most would cower from. Columbus and the boys knew what was up. They understood that a little marijuana would help them to conquer their brutal days and emerge victorious.

The crews of the Armada were no strangers to the pleasures and relaxation qualities of medicinal cannabis. They understood that smoking a doob helped to keep life interesting, pain-free and hopeful. Hell, for all they knew, they were about to drop of the edge, meet a deep sea monster, come under attack from savages or just die of exposure. Is it any wonder why they wanted to party a bit?

It just goes to show that the worldwide usage and enjoyment of cannabis has been going strong for a very long time. The United States government still continues to deny tens of millions of its people what they want: a medicinally-effective, side effect-free, natural drug that truly helps them to feel better every day. CannabisSearch.com encourages all Americans to put pressure of their elected leaders to stop the maddening (and completely ineffective) measures to stop the people from exercising their rights as natural human beings to benefit from cannabis.

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Guest | Jan 27, 2013
 
no wonder he landed in the West Indies
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Guest | Jan 27, 2013
 
No wonder he landed in the West Indies
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Guest | Dec 29, 2012
 
if columbus did have any hemp bud pot for smoking purposes it was after he was in china where all the spices were introduced to him.In those spices etc hemp was introduced
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Guest | Dec 12, 2012
 
Hemp was George Washington's number one crop and Jefferson's number 2. There was big money in hemp textiles until Hearst and others pushed to outlaw it because they wanted their timber market to take off.
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Guest | Dec 6, 2012
 
i wish i coulda smoked with Columbus
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Guest | Jan 10, 2012
 
Its obvious people have been smoking weed for thousands of years, the archeological evidence is there. SO to is the fact that the plant has been domesticated and that many varieties have been created. Our current fascination with telling other adults what they can and cannot consume is a relatively modern invention.
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lindzzz | Oct 18, 2011
 
I did not notice that detail about the gruel being made out of hemp seeds. It doesn't really come as a huge surprise.
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Guest | Jul 22, 2011
 
One may consider that gruel the number one food source for mariners at that time was seeds crushed up and served like oatmeal. Also the sails and quite a bit of the rigging aka,.All the rope was made of hemp. It was essential if disaster crippled the ship far from the civilized world, how could you return if not to grow a crop for ship repair?
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Herb Lady | Jun 12, 2011
 
Yes many of the men who helped found this country were hemp growers and pro cannabis. People have been smoking for thousands of years so this not surprising. I'm sure it helped with the seasickness and boredom.
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| Jun 8, 2011
 
this is interesting because cannabis has been on this continent longer then the established goverment that we cherish.
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iloveweed420 | Apr 29, 2011
 
CHRISTOPHER CANNABIS COLUMBUS!
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sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011
 
Yes just one more great example of marijuana history and how everyone has tried it at least once ;) and I never knew this but am very glad I found this article it is quit interesting
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SkillitHits247 | Apr 17, 2011
 
After reading this story and reading some of your comments, personally I have to say that I would not be surprised if this were true; because think about it the Declaration of Independence was made from Hemp paper, also back in those days as some of you mentioned the daily hardships and physical labor people had to do survive and do the simplest things, there were not resources available like we have now with experience knowledge and technology. These people really relied on natural resources; farm, hand-fed food soil-grown, not genetically engineered products, all grown with less-harsh or natural pesticides instead of hard-core chemicals. And with no big corporations yet coming up on how to profit more in a long period of time rather than quick and cheap; hemp was/is the fastest growing fiber available and was available and affordable for everyone in those times (even now!)
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MrDoc | Mar 31, 2011
 
My teacher in my 1877 to present history class was talking about history figures who used cannabis and Christopher Columbus came up. I was very happy to hear that he understood the very powerful medicinal properties of the plant, also the fact that it just made you feel good. I can't imagine they had very quality stuff but I bet that had a done of it and rolled it up into big old joints or carved pipes. I wish they had ways to date some plants from back then or find seeds from back in 1492. This story just goes to show you that people from all shapes of life smoke weed, not just "stoners", your world exploring ship captain enjoyed his cannabis, I just love it!
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Chief | Mar 25, 2011
 
I wonder if they had bongs back then hahaha. It must have been sick to have a huge stash and also have all this clear land ready for harvesting when they got there. I think I read somewhere that the founding fathers used hemp as currency at one point too.
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lindzzz | Mar 24, 2011
 
I hadn't heard this before I read this story, but our government has a long history of lying or covering up stories and creating historical inaccuracies. I think that as you get older you start to question more and more of what these authority figures are saying. As for Columbus and his men smoking, if I had been on that ship, I would have smoked too. The mortality rate was so high for those kinds of voyages, that alone can make you feel intense anxiety. I am sure that they smoked in order to cope with the hardships and physical pain of daily life. I think that they brought those seeds because they knew how sustainable the crops would be and the many different uses for each part of the plant. Somewhere in history we lost that message, but I feel like we are slowly gaining it back through the spread of information on mediums like the internet.
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CannabisGril | Mar 21, 2011
 
This is so cool and interesting I have read it three times now
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| Mar 19, 2011
 
Colummbus is not all people think hes craked up to b. tHERE IS A LOT OF MISINTERPERTATIONS ABOUT COLUMBUS TAUGHT IN SCHOLLS.
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CannabisGril | Mar 14, 2011
 
I couldn't imagine being someone like Columbus, seeing and doing all he did in his life. I can see why he would have toked up to relax and relieve the stress from the day to day life he lived. I also have to agree cannabis is good to keep life interesting.
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HolyKush | Mar 9, 2011
 
I'm not sure why this story isn't told more. I guess smoking pot would make Columbus look bad? If we are going to be taught history, at least the teachers should make it accurate!
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GanjaKing420 | Jan 20, 2011
 
The story is great but just how reliable is the source. I mean that was so long ago how does anyone know exactly what the crew brought with them. If this is true than that would mean America was discovered or rediscovered by potheads. Now knowing that why would such a thing ever become illegal. I mean if the ones who made the discovery were using it why wouldn't the settlers of the new country use and find it acceptabl as well. One posibilty may be that the only ones who could afford to move to the new land were all rich elitest who frowned on the use of this substance. Or posbaly over time it became look down upon by society. Either way the use of Marijauna became a socially unacceptable and eventually illegal action. No matter the case if this is true you would think that this man Columbus could have influenced otherwise since he was so renowned and acknowledge as the founder of the new land. My guess is that the influence of government and the lack of information regarding Marijuana was the cause for the inapropreit bad wrap it has received. It took time for the government to take this priviledge away and now its only a matter of time before they will have to give us back our right to use this plant as we see fit.