The Meaning of Azalla

“AZALLA” was the first written word for medical cannabis in ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia, which is now southern Iraq. It was written in cuneiform on clay tablets back in 3000 BC.    “Azalla” gives us a reference for how long humans have known about the therapeutic use of Cannabis sativa (the plant formerly known as marijuana). It is likely that early humans were using this plant far before cuneiform writing was developed. From this perspective, the modern atrocity of cannabis prohibition is a short (albeit destructive) period of time. At Azalla Education, we work towards the end of cannabis prohibition and stigma with gratitude towards our ancestors, our growers, our herbalists and medicine-makers, and all of those who have suffered due to the pointless ban of this useful and therapeutic plant.

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