World’s Oldest Marijuana Stash Found in China

Posted on August 20, 2012

The world’s oldest stash of marijuana was found in a tomb in China. According to the Journal of Experimental Botany, the cannabis is about 2,700 years old.

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Researchers found all 789 grams of dried cannabis buried beside, what they believe, to be a shaman of the Gushi culture. It was found in Turpan in northwest China.

Dry conditions and the alkaline soil preserved the stash, which enabled scientists to study it.

“To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent,” says Dr. Ethan B. Russo, a neurologist.

However, they can’t determine if the cannabis they found was ingested or smoked. No pipes or other clues were discovered in order to reach a good conclusion.

The researchers also speculated that the large cache was meant for afterlife use.

“It was common practice in burials to provide materials needed for the afterlife. No hemp or seeds were provided for fabric or food. Rather, cannabis as medicine or for visionary purposes was supplied,” Russo added.

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11 comments
StephenAnthonyLaFogg
StephenAnthonyLaFogg

i dont understand i was under the assumption the cannabis only grew in America so are we saying that the Chinese and other people traded with America over 2500 years ago??? why isnt this being talked about or am i just very wrong

Kalie Bean
Kalie Bean

That's awesome!!!! I tried posting it to my page it wouldn't let me... :(