Cannabis-based products may be some of the world’s oldest medicines. Documents dating back thousands of years BC describe the use of cannabis-based medicines in many Eastern cultures. What is the Chinese character for cannabis? Is that character used to represent other things?
The Chinese character for cannabis is 大麻 and the Chinese character for anesthesia is 麻木. The character 麻 means to “have pins and needles”
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