High History / Part XII / St.Hildegard Von Bingen

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There are some exceptional women in history who've been involved with cannabis in some way, women were partaking, experimenting, finding medical uses, and fleshing out the history of cannabis, like Hildegard von Bingen !

So Who Was She?

Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), also known as Saint Hildegard, was a German Benedictine abbess, musician, writer, poet, composer, herbalist and mystic. She wrote medicinal texts, songs, poems, and arguably the oldest surviving morality play, while supervising brilliant miniature Illuminations. She wrote of God’s Word in all creation:

"No creature has meaning without the Word of God. God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, Spirit, all verdant all creativity. This Word flashes out in every creature. This is how the spirit is in the flesh — the Word is indivisible from God."


St.Hildegard & Medical Work Physica

St.Hildegard wrote about everything from natural philosophy to theology to medicine. She grew Cannabis in her Herbal Garden and recommended it against nausea and stomache troubles.

She thought Hemp had a significant role to play in the medical landscape and was well known for her healing powers involving practical application of tinctures, herbs, and precious stones.

In her work Physica, a text on the natural sciences, she wrote some of hemp’s potential medical applications, how it grows and even recommendations on its use.

St. Hildegard dedicates a whole chapter to the uses and applications of medicinal cannabis.
In chapter 11 of Physica St. Hildegard wrote:

"Hemp is warm and grows where the air is neither very hot nor very cold, just as its nature is. Its seed is sound, and it is healthy for healthy people to eat it. It is openly gentle and useful in their stomach since it somewhat takes away the mucus. It is able to be digested easily; it diminishes the bad humors and makes the good humors strong. But nevertheless, whoever is weak in the head and has a vacant mind, if that person will have eaten hemp, it easily makes the person suffer pain somewhat in his or her head. However, whoever is sound in the head and has a full mind, it does not harm. Whoever is seriously ill, it also makes that person suffer pain somewhat in the stomach. However, whoever is only moderately ill, it does not cause pain when eaten. However, let whoever has a cold stomach cook hemp in water, squeeze out the water, wrap it in a cloth, and then place the hot cloth often over the stomach. This comforts the person and restores that place. Also, whoever has a vacant mind, if the person will have eaten hemp, it causes pain somewhat in the head; but it does not cause pain in a sound head and full brain. Also, the cloth made from the hemp heals ulcers and weeping wounds because the heat in the hemp has been tempered."


References & Photos / Catholic Catalogue / Reefermadnessmuseum /

Before Prohibition, when #Cannabis plants grew freely, many of Notable People throughout #History, created necessary contributions to the event of common Cannabis Usage, throughout the ages, from ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors. So, if missed out one celebrity of High History Series,
feel free to check :

Ramesses The Great / William Shakespeare / James Monroe / Queen Victoria / Marijuana Inside The Tomb / Hua Tuo / William Brooke O'Shaughnessy / Herodotus, Democritus & Dioscorides / Ottoman Empire / Cannabis Club / Henry VIII & Elizabeth I

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What an information. so women are also early to cannabis....... Am surprised.