The History of Cannabis in Romania

The history of hemp in Romania goes back two thousand years. Traces of it can be found in the ancient books kept in most of the country's monasteries.

Until the Second World War, most of the basic products were still made from hemp: clothes, ropes, sails, animal fodder and even food.

The superior quality of Romanian hemp is based on the quality of the soil, the climate and the main varieties used Secuiana and Multi Fibra.

In the 17th century, Romania was one of the world's leading producers of textile hemp, one of the most prized materials at the time, as it was needed for clothing, sails for ships traveling the world, but also for paper used by the printing industry.

Since ancient times, the Thracian tribes used hemp for various occasions.

Pomponius Mela, a Latin historian of the first century, speaks of a Thracian festival. "They throw in the fires that surround them seeds whose smell causes amusement".

Solinus, a third-century Roman geographer, also mentions a similar custom. "During lunch, the bride and groom surround the flock, throw into the fire the seeds of the weeds they possess, and experience drunken joy after being struck numb by their smell."

Andrei Oişteanu states in "Narcotics in Romanian Culture" that the Dacians and Thracians cultivated hemp and used it for rituals, especially at weddings.

In addition to this long tradition, the hemp industry has been developing rapidly worldwide for several years. The reason is simple, its therapeutic and ecological power can contribute to improve our health and our environment.

Cannabis brought the gods closer

Experts point out that it wasn't just warriors who used cannabis, but also priests, those Zalmoxian monks who went into trance to "communicate with the gods". These are the ascetics called kapnobotai, those who walk through smoke. Mireca Eliade believes that "walking through smoke" refers to the ecstasy produced by burning the cannabis plant, which Herodotus speaks of, "Ion Horațiu Crisan stated in " The Spirituality of the Geto-Dacians.