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The Origins of Cannabis: Where Did Marijuana Come From?

It has traditionally been thought that the cannabis we consume today originated from central Asia. Because of an analysis of ancient pollen, marijuana was thought to have started in the Tibetan Plateau but today, there is new research stating otherwise.

So where did cannabis come from? Where did it originate?

At West Virginia Marijuana Card, we love giving you all the information that you need on marijuana altogether including where it came from and also how you can get it. We not only are your go-to medical marijuana card provider but also your number one source of news and information!

Today, we will be getting into the details on where modern cannabis came from and how you can access it if you are a West Virginia resident with a qualifying condition.

Where Did Cannabis Originate?

Led by Dr. Ren Guangpeng from Lanzhou University, this new study consists of a whole-genome re-sequencing of over one hundred marijuana and hemp strains from different parts of the world. A majority of these strains were collected by the research team and a small amount of genomes were used from previous researched studies and reanalyzed.

This study looked at the genetic roots of many different strains from all over the world including strains from central and east Asian, modern hybrid strains, wild marijuana plants and high-THC strains from America and Europe.

The researchers found that yes, marijuana originated in what we called China today but instead of the plant originating from central Asia, it actually came from east Asia over 12,000 years ago!

The findings actually are supported by archaeological evidence as well. The researchers point to cannabis cord-impressed pottery in Taiwan and Japan dating back 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

While looking at the genetics of specific strains, the research also noticed that early cannabis strains were bred for multiple purposes. They saw that there were specific strains used to make textiles and other strains used for their psychoactive effects. This is very similar to how marijuana is bred today!

These findings are huge in the marijuana industry yet there is still more work to be done. Future studies intend to use additional sampling from feral plants in central and east Asia in order to build upon their findings!

How Can I Get Marijuana in West Virginia?

Knowing more about the origins of any products you are using is very important for your health and wellness. We hope this article makes you feel more informed and, ultimately, more comfortable with using marijuana for your medical condition!

If you are thinking marijuana may be right for you, you first need your medical marijuana card. You’re in luck! We are the go-to medical marijuana card provider in the state.

With West Virginia Marijuana Card, you can get your medical card in just a few simple steps. You can first book your appointment today by scheduling online or calling us at (877) 303-8424. Next, complete our patient intake form and submit a copy of your medical records. Then, meet with one of our certified medical marijuana doctors and discuss your condition. With the doctor's approval, you will register with the state and receive your medical card which gives you access to West Virginia dispensaries!

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West Virginia Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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