Friday, December 12, 2008

Ancient pot stash found in China tomb



Ancient pot stash found in China tomb
December 5, 2008

SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS

Researchers say they've found the world's oldest stash of marijuana in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cannabis was in the grave of a shaman or holy man and was clearly "cultivated for psychoactive purposes" rather than for fiber or as food, researchers say.

It is the oldest example of cannabis being used as a drug and reportedly had a high THC content, the main psychoactive ingredient in the plant.

It is not clear if the cannabis would have been smoked or taken orally. No pipes or other clues were found in the tomb of the 45-year-old shaman.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, a member of the Gushi culture based around Turpan in northwestern China.

The cannabis was in such good condition due to the region's dry conditions and alkaline soil that acted as a preservative.

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Miss Talibonita could not resist posting this. One question, How do they know his eyes were blue if he was dead for so long?

Of course y'all know that Turpan is Uyghur land, right?
More on Gushi people of North-West China: Gushi

2 comments:

jeannette stgermain said...

very interesting - i love cultures, and the US is the 4th contry I live in. Do you know if the Mongols of N.W. China related to the Russian cultures? Their features and eyes have "some" European in them...cheers, jeannette

Talibonita said...

Hey Jeanette, apparently they are descendants of Romans and other Caucasians that predate Russian mixing. Isn't it fascinating?