Cannabis is more frequently in the news than any other plant, and by some measures it is the most valuable crop in the U.S. Yet most people know little about the plant’s past beyond pop-cultural rumors, most of which are false and serve to either support or challenge anti-marijuana laws. This course moves beyond rumors to outline the plant’s documented, global history. Cannabis is neither good nor bad; it can provide fiber, oil seeds, and psychoactive substances; it has been sometimes a plant of power, and sometimes a plant of the powerless. This course will enable you to cut through some of the nonsense that surrounds cannabis in current society.