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Weed and human evolution?

Weed in the beginning

Weed. Ganga. Refer. What do you call it? Would you think it could be a part of human history before ‘recent’ history? Perhaps even before the Egyptian empire? It was. Plus, it wasn’t just Cannabis. Many plants, mushrooms give similar feelings. Some give strength and tolerance beyond normal capacities. Their major selling feature was to ease pain due to conflict or a hard life. They were almost certainly used for religious events. They influenced the body as they mimicked naturally occurring chemicals in the body. But did they start human evolution?

Weed and other drugs in the very beginning

As discussed in previous posts on this server, Cannabis developed on land during the time of the dinosaurs or before, perhaps waiting for life to crawl from the seas. It’s a basic weed, as tolerated by biodiversity as Dandelion and improving soils with its life cycle uninterrupted. Most life today has an ‘Endocannabinoid System today because of it. We came across the plant early in our evolution, and then life branched out in our direction over millions of hard years. Also, as a species that became us, we came across other plants with different reactions in the bodies that would later become us. Animals also have other hormones and chemicals in our bodies that other drugs mimic, such as Opiates that are made artificially or changed from natural overwhelm the receptors for it. They came about to fit into our ‘receptors’ in the same way.

Stoned Ape Theory

There is a thought that all life on land developed from fungus. Lets look at Mushrooms, the very first form of life on land as proven by ‘fossils’ of mushroom found in ancient lava, preceding all plants by a billion years or more. They come in a variety of forms today. Some are good for consumption, adding flavor and nutrition and fiber in many recipes. Many more will kill you. There are some that are used medicinally for the vaccines, as many of the same diseases and viruses ravish both species of life on this planet. Fungi has been here much longer dealing with them. Some will make you high. Religious leaders through history have used them in ceremonies and rituals. Perhaps the following video will help explain it better.

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In Conclusion

Drugs, like Opium derived naturally from poppies, help pain without cause and effect unless overused to overwhelm the system in sensitive areas. Religion has surly been influenced by Cannabis, Mushroom and opiate influences. Even pure oxygen can kill us, it slowly kills our cells as we age mixed as it is in our atmosphere. Meh. Moderation and function, the ancients knew how to use the plants without too many if any non natural additions. They knew the limits, as they used some against enemies for a win to a conflict. I know for a fact Mushrooms considered ‘Magic’ in particular and even more so Cannabis just now becoming mainstream in North America post the year 2000 were commonly used by influencers of the past, nation and empire building leaders. We have much to learn for sure about addictions and even death I feel. We need the laws to relax, and research all the drugs we now criminalize.

Police lights
Prior to legalisation and public sales, this sight brought fear into the hearts of recreational Tokers and still does for all drug users of all ages. Does nothing to help addictions except to increase stigma, causing more use
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Nature is natural

Nature in the beginning

Nature.  When a tree falls in the forest, and no one, no animal is around to hear it, does it make a sound?  Perhaps it does, maybe in practice or perhaps it saves the sound for a listener to keep them out of the way of the falling tree.  Only Mother Nature can answer that question with credibility.  She’s been doing this since the first trees were grown on our planet before humans or animals were there to learn the dangers of falling trees and hear the warning sounds of Ms. Nature.  Falling trees are not the only danger.  New forests with diverse plants grow in stages small and fast growing plants and soft broadleaf trees to slow growth with larger more dense wooden plants such as trees like Pine, Spruce and Douglas Fir in the Forests.  No one knows for certain, but large trees may have been preceded by Wild Cannabis and shrubs which were likely the first plants on this planet.  It was likely once part of nature on the entire planet.

A picture of nature, with a river flowing through a valley
Fishing, peaceful activities can be found in Nature. We should all respect it and work to preserve it’s beauty

Nature’s tools

When plants like trees grow, they drop seed as they mature.  Some tree species like Aspen will spread out by their root systems.  When one tree drops the root system and fallen trunk provides ‘starter material‘ as it decays with branches that take root and grow with the root system.  A single thick stand of aspen may be thousands of years old, perhaps even Millions years old.  The species is controlled by large herbivores like Moose and Deer that eat leaves and small saplings.   They are the start of a forest construction along with the bushes and shrubs with seed and fruit for the smaller ‘workers’ like birds, squirrels and mice.  Those animals eat seeds, they are employed by nature.  They never stop eating. They are not real particular, munching on a diverse range of seeds.  Predators eat vast amounts of seed eaters and some eat both animals and seed.  The seeds survive the digestive tracts of consuming animal. Most animals poop and that provides a good fertilized pile for the seed to grow in.  The resulting plants condition the soil for larger plants like trees, most grown by seed themselves.

Nature’s way of regeneration

Well, we’ve already explained the ‘Poop cycle’ of natural workers to create new forest but there are other regeneration methods used naturally.  Fire is one way.  Pine trees have cones that contain seed.  Through their life, which could span eons, it drops seed in these cones.  Some of that seed is eaten as some animals can eat cones and pooped all over the forest.  The cones open naturally in heat drop seed.  Pine produces a strong scent when it gets hot, that aroma is flammable and will ignite naturally.  Often, nature will provide the spark with lightning but more recently humans have caused many wild fires in a forest, either by carelessness or industry.  Human caused fires can grow dangerously hot making land sterile and seeds hard to grow naturally.  Many times it takes human intervention to regrow the natural forest quicker after a huge hot human caused wildfire.

Humans and Nature

Recreation

There are activities that support nature and is sustainable.  We drop lines for fishing in our rivers, lakes and streams.  We hunt game in the forests, as we are predators as well as herbivores.  There are a number of berries, edible plants and some mushrooms we collect to consume.  Holiday decorations and trees for Christmas can be found in a forest.   A walk in a quite forest is mentally stabilizing for everyone, particularity those with challenges.  It teaches the human child of all ages to respect nature

Industry

A number of activities occur in the forests that immediately don’t seem good for nature, many seem to be conducted to collect wealth from the forest and nature takes a few generations to recover.  Logging happens with clearcutting and most times, the natural forest’s diversity is replace with a monoculture of merchantable single tree species, Pine and Spruce mainly.  This practice must stop it’s totally not natural.  The trees use fire to regrow naturally, clean out dying and dead matter clearing soil for new growth.  A monoculture of trees that use fire to regenerate concentrates the heat so it completely burns the soil and there are no firebreaks like broadleaf plants to slow or stop it.  Monoculture stands are suspected of being one cause of huge infrastructure fires seen in British Columbia during the summers of 2017 and 18 and could be a reason for declining animal populations. It is the most destructive use we have of the forest, but other activities like Oil and Gas, as well as Mining also have an impact but mostly those try to make the land natural after work is finished.