High History / Part IX / Ottoman Empire & Sultan Abdülaziz I

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Before Prohibition, when #Cannabis plants grew freely, many of Notable People throughout #History, came together to enjoy What God Gave Us, and created necessary contributions to the event of common Cannabis Usage, whether they promoted growing weed, took a number of puffs, or used the Medical #Marijuana throughout the ages, from ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors.

If you enjoyed reading about the Famed Egyptian Ruler / Ramesses The Great, The Sonnet 76 / William Shakespeare, The Fifth President of the United States / James Monroe, how the Tincture of Cannabis helped / Queen Victoria out of her difficulties, the Extraordinary Cache of unearthed well preserved Cannabis plants / Marijuana Inside The Tomb, the Chinese Surgeon / Hua Tuo, the Father of Modern Marijuana Medicine / William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, and about Cannabis use in Ancient Greeks / Herodotus, Democritus & Dioscorides, then it is the time to read about the Ottoman Empire.

Ottoman Empire & Cannabis


Cannabis was first planted in Eastern Asia. Later, it unfold to West Asia, Anatolia, Egypt and Europe. It was first sown in the U.S. in the 17th century. Its fiber was a significant raw material in twine, rope and fabric production. Most of the materials like rope, which the Ottoman Navy needed, were produced from cannabis fiber. Back then, Cannabis was largely cultivated within the Black Sea Region.


Cannabis requires a lot of tiring work after the harvest. After the fibers were separated from the stem, the process of separating them by smashing began. During the Ottoman period, the following products were made from processed hemp:

  • String: it had been one in all the thinnest product obtained from hemp and was one in all the vital suggests that of creating dresses for summer months, bed linens and hijabs were created from it.
  • Twine: it had been made in thicker kind than string.
  • Cable Yarn: it had been the foremost ofttimes used product made of hemp and was utilized in packing and baling.
  • Rope: Thicker than cable yarn and utilized in ships.


Ottomon Sultan Abdülaziz I

  • Sultan Abdülaziz I (1830 – 1876); was the 32nd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, ruling from 1861 to 1876. Although he received a traditional Ottoman education, he was fascinated by the West and became the first Ottoman leader to travel to Western Europe where he visited Vienna, London, Paris, and several other major cities.

  • As well as being a talented composer of classical music, he built up the Ottoman Navy, which was the third largest in the world at the time. Eighteen seventy six was also the year of America's first World's Fair, which Abdülaziz I attended. The Sultan set up an exhibit that gave Americans a chance to learn about the long history and fascinating culture of the Ottoman Turks.

Sultan Abdülaziz I & Marijuana

  • The best part of the Sultan's exhibit at the World's Fair was the plethora of Cannabis Gifts,
    as Cannabis was a perfect accompaniment to the Turkish pavilion, where the finer points of smoking a hookah were demonstrated to public.

  • Marijuana was another one of the sultan’s passions. He visited the World’s Fair in 1876, the first one ever held in the United States. Abdulaziz set up an exhibit which informed public about the long history of the Ottoman Empire and included a range of Cannabis gifts that he distributed to guests. He even demonstrated the art of Smoking A Hookah!

  • This is what a World's Fair should be all about! Americans in 1876 proved themselves to be extremely open-minded and ready to try new things. Cannabis at the fair was so popular that people began opening Turkish smoking parlors all along the Northeast coast. It was rumored that there were 500 of these parlors just in Manhattan.


Reference & Photos / Daily Sabah / Wikipedia / Marijuana Break /

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I wish we had smoking parlors now, i wonder what it would be like if we had.