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Cannabis was domesticated in north-west China around 12,000 years ago

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Little has been known about the domestication of Cannabis sativa because it is hard to get hold of the wide range of different strains from around the world needed for genetic studies. "You can't just go and collect samples because you go to jail," says Fumagalli. Many sources suggest that cannabis originates in central Asia because many strains grow wild in the region. But it grows readily just about anywhere, he says. "That's why it's called weed."