Marijuana has been growing in the West Indies since ancient times. The usage of marijuana in Reggae Music is directly attributed to the surge of Rastafarian Culture in the West Indies since the post-colonial political independence of Jamaica from the United Kingdom. Rastafarians use the "holy herb" of marijuana to soothe themselves from the pain and strife of Babylon (The Western System of Oppression). The sociological effects of oppression are extensive, and it is widely believed that the usage of marijuana actually cures these psychological issues. According to recent scientific research, the usage of marijuana in the Rastafarian faith is actually beneficial in an array of means.