Knowledge and facts about cannabis

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.

Our aim is to show just how special this plant is. Below you will find further background information on how cannabis works as a medicine, the cultural and religious use of marihuana and hash, the industrial applications of hemp, the different types of cannabis, and what it is that makes hemp seeds so healthy.

The news section provides an overview of our activities and the special projects in which we are involved.

Cannabis species

Female flowers of cannabis Sativa are usually longer and more 'feathery' in appearance than those of Cannabis Indica.

Cannabis Sativa is probably the most common form of cannabis worldwide and also the type with the most applications. 

Indica flowers form in thick clusters around the nodes of the female plant (the points at which pairs of leaves grow from the stem and branches).

Cannabis Indica L. is generally agreed to have originated either on the Asian subcontinent, or possibly in Afghanistan.

The name 'ruderalis' comes from 'ruderal', a term given to wild plant species which are the first to colonise land disturbed by natural forces or human activity.

Industrial hemp

Used for industrial purposes

When hemp seed is pressed, it creates an oil which can be used directly for nutritional and industrial products. It is a healthy and sustainable product.

Hemp fibres are among the strongest soft fibres in the plant world. Humans discovered early on how to fabricate thread, rope and textile from it.

HempFlax hemp fibre is beautiful.

Hemp plastic is the number one material of the future. Door panels of certain series of BMW, Mercedes and Bugatti are manufacured using a hemp fibre basis.

Cultural cannabis

"Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid."

Cannabis has a long history as an aid or complement to inspiration in art, philosophy, music and most other kinds of creative human endeavour. Art and cannabis go well together.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum collection.

Cannabis is massively popular as a recreational drug. Across the globe, people – alone or in groups – enjoy joints, pipes, bongs and hookahs packed with hash or marijuana.

Shiva is one of the most popular and widely worshipped gods in the Hindu pantheon. Worshippers of Shiva, such as sadhus, offer him cannabis.

Cannabis was (and is) a sacred plant for many people and has historically been used in religious ceremonies in many cultures, from Southeast Asia to North America. 

Medicinal cannabis

Exhibited in Barcelona.

The use of cannabis as a medicine can be traced back at least 5000 years. Interest in medicinal cannabis is currently on the rise in many parts of the world. 

The plant’s active components (THC and other cannabinoids) are produced by tiny mushroom-shaped resin glands known as trichomes.

What is the effect of THC, cannabidiol and cannabinol on the human body? Here you can read more on cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.


What are cannabinoids?

Eagle Bill demonstrated vaporizing at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam.

The museum has been closely associated with vaporizing cannabis since 1993, when the Interactive Vaporizing Exhibit became part of the permanent exhibition.

Nutritional hemp

Hemp seeds are, thanks to their nutritious oil and high levels of protein, an extremely valuable product of industrial hemp cultivation.

Hemp seeds: indispensable in the modern kitchen.

Hemp seeds are incredibly healthy. They contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids needed to keep your body in good health.

In the healthy, contemporary and organic kitchen, it is becoming increasingly popular to cook with hemp seed.