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    World's oldest marijuana stash: Two pounds of weed found in 2,700-year-old Gobi Desert Grave

    This is from '08, but I don't recall hearing about it.

    Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.

    A barrage of tests proves the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope and other objects.

    They apparently were getting high too.

    Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that the marijuana "is quite similar" to what's grown today.

    Scientists originally thought the plant material in the grave was coriander, but microscopic botanical analysis of the bowl contents, along with genetic testing, revealed that it was cannabis.

    The size of seeds mixed in with the leaves, along with their color and other characteristics, indicate the marijuana came from a cultivated strain. Before the burial, someone had carefully picked out all of the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, so Russo and his team believe there is little doubt as to why the cannabis was grown.

    What is in question, however, is how the marijuana was administered, since no pipes or other objects associated with smoking were found in the grave.

    "Perhaps it was ingested orally," Russo said. "It might also have been fumigated, as the Scythian tribes to the north did subsequently."

    Although other cultures in the area used hemp to make various goods as early as 7,000 years ago, additional tomb finds indicate the Gushi fabricated their clothing from wool and made their rope out of reed fibers. The scientists are unsure if the marijuana was grown for more spiritual or medical purposes, but it's evident that the blue-eyed man was buried with a lot of it.

    "As with other grave goods, it was traditional to place items needed for the afterlife in the tomb with the departed," Russo said.

    The ancient marijuana stash is now housed at Turpan Museum in China. In the future, Russo hopes to conduct further research at the Yanghai site, which has 2,000 other tombs.

    The Yanghai Tombs, a vast ancient cemetery (54 000 m2) attributed to this culture, have revealed the 2,700-year-old grave of a shaman. Near the head and foot of the shaman lay a large leather basket and wooden bowl filled with 789g of cannabis, superbly preserved by climatic and burial conditions. An international team demonstrated that this material contained tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis. The cannabis was presumably employed by this culture as a medicinal or psychoactive agent, or an aid to divination. This is the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent.[4]

    The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly "cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.[4] The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man,[5] likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China. The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green though it had lost its distinctive odour.
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    I wonder how close this site is to the Tarim basin ? Tombs of White men are common there dating from 1000 BC back. Tall , red headed , European features......
    Last edited by oyarde; 09-29-2016 at 03:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John F Kennedy III View Post
    I'd smoke it.
    Could we get a government grant to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Could we get a government grant to do that?
    Would probably be better off handing a security guard $100 for a gram.
    I am the spoon.

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    Only shows that smoking marijuana was a normal habit and a historically established practice for people all over the world. None cared about its "danger" or considered it a drug

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