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April 30, 2015 / Tetrahedroseph

Cannabis: the fabric of Japan

History of Cannabis in Japan:

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by Jon Mitchell

An increasing number of states in the U.S. are easing policies on cannabis prohibition but little discussion has taken place in Japan on the potential benefits of adopting a similar approach. As various locations around the world celebrate annual April 20 marijuana festivals, we examine the country’s historical and cultural links to the much-maligned weed.

When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him most, however, wasn’t the assassins’ stealthy skills or secret gadgets but their usage of a very special plant.

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  1. shiborigirl / Dec 5 2015 8:20 pm

    this article is somewhat dishonest in my opinion. I think we all know that hemp has been grown and used in Japan for centuries. To repeatedly call it cannabis over and over in the article suggests that this was written as click bait. not once have I ever heard the Japanese refer to this plant cannabis. it is あさ or asa. a plant fiber of many uses much like linen. one of my favorite fibers to dye in the indigo vat
    yes, it is technically cannabis sativa but the strains grown show no indication that it is used for other purposes.



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