Fri, 28 Nov 2008 18:24:57 GMT
Researchers have discovered the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb near the desert city of Turpan in northwestern China.
According to a research paper published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, the 2,700-year-old cannabis cache was ‘cultivated for psychoactive purposes’.
The dried cannabis was buried with a 45-year-old, light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, who seems to be a shaman of the Gushi culture, The Canadian Press reported.
The dry weather and alkaline soil have preserved the stash, which despite having lost its distinctive odor, still looks green. The cache was found in a leather basket in a wooden bowl, giving rise to the assumption that it was intended for the shaman to use in the afterlife.
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