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The Origins of Marijuana: Where Did it All Begin

It has long been thought that the marijuana we consume today was originally from Central Asia. This was determined by an analysis of pollen that was millions of years old! Because of this, the marijuana industry believed that marijuana started in the Tibetan Plateau but there is new research saying otherwise.

So where did marijuana come from? Where does it originate?

At Louisiana Marijuana Card, we want to give you all the information you need to know about marijuana altogether including where it came from and how you can get it. We go above and beyond being the number one medical marijuana card provider in the state; we also are a source of news and information for you!

In today’s blog, we are going to be discussing where modern marijuana originated and how you can get it in Louisiana!

Where Did Marijuana Come From?

This new research study, led by Dr. Ren Guangpeng at Lanzhou University, did a comprehensive whole-genome resequencing of over 100 different hemp and cannabis strains from all around the world and studied their genetic roots. Twenty-eight of the marijuana genomes were used from previous studies and 82 of the genomes were collected by the team.

This study looked at a number of different strains including high-THC strains from Europe and America, wild cannabis plants, modern hybrid strains, and strains originating from central and eastern Asia.

It was found that yes, marijuana did originate in what is modern day China but instead of the plant originating from the Central region, this study shows the origins in the Eastern region over 12,000 years ago.

Since the researchers looked at the genetics of specific strains, they also noticed that early marijuana strains were bred for many purposes. They saw specific strains bed for textile use and some for their psychoactive effects. This is very similar to how we still breed marijuana plants today!

The findings of this study actually fall in line with archaeological evidence! The researchers point to cannabis cord-impressed pottery in Taiwan and Japan dating back 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

Although this research is big news in the marijuana industry, there is still more that needs to be done. Future studies plan on using additional sampling from feral plants in both central and eastern Asia to solidify these findings.

Where Can I Get Marijuana in Louisiana?

Feeling more comfortable about using marijuana after knowing where it comes from? Us too! Knowing the origin of any product you are taking is important for your health and wellness.

If you’re interested in using marijuana in Louisiana, you first need to get your medical marijuana card. Lucky for you, we are the number one medical marijuana card provider in the state!

With us, you can get your medical card in just three easy steps! First, book your appointment either by scheduling it online or calling us at (833) 253-2943. 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. Once you’re approved, you'll receive your medical marijuana card and have access to Louisiana dispensaries!

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At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our mission is helping 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.

Call us at (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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