By Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin
"'Cannabis: evolution and ethnobotany' is a complete, interdisciplinary exploration of the ordinary origins and early evolution of this recognized plant, highlighting its historical function within the improvement of human societies. hashish has lengthy been prized for the robust and sturdy fiber in its stalks, its safe to eat and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by means of its girl plant life. The culturally useful and infrequently irreplaceable items derived from hashish deeply inspired the economic, clinical, ritual, and non secular practices of cultures during the a long time, and human hope 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 publication might help us comprehend why humanity keeps to depend upon this plant and adapts it to fit our needs."--Ebook's beginning monitor (EBL platform, seen October nine, 2013). Read more...
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Chapter 4 also presents our hypotheses for the ancient use of Cannabis seed and fiber in fishing and the early relationships among humans, hemp, and horses tracing a series of phases of cultural dispersal of Cannabis from its Eurasian homeland to various regions of the Old World. In the prehistoric period this involved migrating nomads, who perhaps first spread it into China, India, Southwest Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. A six-phase model is presented for the historical dispersal of Cannabis by humans.
After understanding the botany and ecology of Cannabis, including an identification of its closest botanical relatives, an analysis of the processes through which it reproduces, and an application of these parameters to ancient vegetation and climate reconstructions, then we can begin to comprehend its geographical and evolutionary origins (see Chapter 12 for discussions of climate reconstruction, refugia, and species formation). Many avenues must be explored during a thorough study of the origin and evolution of any cultivated plant.
Cannabis is generally a tall plant growing in open environments, and the extensive root system needs a friable but nutrient- rich soil to allow proper root growth, adequate drainage, and efficient uptake of vital soil minerals. Under natural conditions Cannabis grows best in sandy and loamy alluvial (river valley) soils, and these edaphic limitations help us determine its original geographical origin. Cannabis Origin and Evolution Studies Humans have been attracted to Cannabis for a very long time, resulting in its wide distribution and multiple uses.
Cannabis : evolution and ethnobotany by Robert C. Clarke, Mark D. Merlin