It was brought here from European contact; I do believe it originated in Asia and it makes sense because some people say that we are related to the Mongolians and they came across the land bridge, the ice bridge, so it makes sense some of the things that are here.
One of the earliest times I had heard of it being used, through the Syilx Cannabis Group, in the Indigenous populations in the Americas was the Mound People of Ohio. When they uncovered some of those Mounds, they found thousands of pipes, small pipes, like little personal pipes, with marijuana residue in them. So people were using them way back then; of course, we don’t know what they using it for; medicine, for spiritual journeys, we don’t know, there is no information about that, but that fact that it was used is there and I think it is important to note.
We honour the spirit of plant medicines and need to treat them respectfully. The spirits of plant medicines can work in reverse if they are not used respectfully. They all have their place. Elders can teach about the importance of reverence and respect for the spirits in plant medicines. There are many used by our people from all four directions.