The Native Americans recognized cannabis for medicinal healing powers, as well as the plant’s usefulness for fiber to make thread, rope and cloth. Soaked seeds were used for stomach ailments and decoction of the roots were used to treat inflammation in the body and for pain relief. When people were recovering from an illness, they often smoked cannabis to help them “get going” again. There are those that claim that cannabis was also a part of the sacred peace pipe practice of tribal visionaries.
It is reported that the Puritans brought hemp seeds along with hemp fiber with them on their long journey from England to the New World. Hemp fiber was an important commodity used in Britain for making rope, cloth, and cording for outfitting ships, as well as for domestic use.