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Cannabis Knowledge

Plant facts and information

Our museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona are dedicated to the rich history and varied applications of cannabis and hemp, as well as the many opportunities they offer for the future.

Photo: Floris Leeuwenberg

Cannabis Species

There are three main types of cannabis

What is Cannabis Sativa L? ‘Cannabis’ is the name given to the plant itself. ‘Sativa’ simply means ‘sown’, and is used to indicate the common or cultivated form of a plant. The ‘L.’ refers to Carolus Linneaeus, the Swedish botanist who first gave this common yet celebrated herb its scientific classification in 1753.

Photo: Floris Leeuwenberg

Medicinal Cannabis

The use of cannabis as a medicine can be traced back at least 5000 years.

All the great civilizations of the ancient world were familiar with cannabis and its diverse range of medicinal properties – that it has analgesic, calming and stimulating effects.

Porridge with fruit, peanut butter and hemp seeds

Nutritional Hemp

Hemp seeds are extremely healthy

Hemp seeds are rich in high quality protein, very low in saturated fats and contain all of the essential fatty acids required by human beings.

Porridge with fruit, peanut butter and hemp seeds

A hemp field in the Netherlands

Industrial Hemp

Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated crops on Earth.

The varieties cultivated for industrial use contain hardly any intoxicating components.

Allen Ginsberg (right), Beat poet and counter-culture icon

Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet and counter-culture icon

Cultural Cannabis

Sharing cannabis is, for many people, an important part of its cultural use.

Pipes and smoking devices from all over the world demonstrate how different cultures have imbibed marijuana and hashish.

Allen Ginsberg (right), Beat poet and counter-culture icon

Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet and counter-culture icon

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