At Arete Hemp, we love learning about the rich history of CBD, from its importance in early American trade and agriculture to its ceremonial use in Ancient Egypt and religious significance in the world’s oldest faiths. For fans of CBD and history, there is a destination that should go on the travel itinerary as Europe reopens to US tourists this summer.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum tells the story of cannabis throughout history and its broad cultural significance in medicine, trade, art, and scientific advances. It has two locations, the original museum in Amsterdam and another location in Barcelona, and it boasts over 9,000 artifacts. Exhibitions include the Golden Age of Medicinal Cannabis, the History of Smoking, Cannabis Counterculture, and more.
The original museum in Amsterdam was shut down on its opening day in 1987. The museum’s mission was to educate the public and share their passion for cannabis, but the Dutch Minister of Justice thought that the museum was “promoting illegal activities.” The museum’s founders Ben Dronkers and Ed Rosenthal challenged the closure and won. They eventually outgrew their original space and added a nearby gallery to showcase more artifacts, including hemp sails, high fashion, and biodegradable plastics. Barcelona’s own museum opened in 2012, taking the mission of education and appreciation to Spain.
CBD enthusiasts who are unable to travel to Amsterdam or Barcelona can also browse the collection on the museum’s website. There are articles on topics like the nutritional value of hemp seeds, the main varieties of cannabis, and the propaganda film turned cult classic Reefer Madness.
Readers, we want to hear from you! Have you visited the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museums in Amsterdam or Barcelona? What era of CBD culture do you want us to showcase next? Leave a comment below!