World’s oldest stash

Researchers have found just short of 2 pounds of kind bud in a tomb in China’s Xinjiang province. The cannabis has been carbon dated and is 2,700 years old.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, 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.

This is the earliest weed found in good enough condition and enough quantities to test thoroughly, and it’s also the earliest researchers can confirm was used for its psychotropic properties rather than for more practical hempen usages.

Out of the 500 Gushi tombs, only two have marijuana in them, so either it was exclusively the domain of shamans or administered under their supervision.

There were no smoking implements in the tomb, so researchers could not determine whether the marjuana was ingested or smoked in some other way.

My theory: ancient Chinese apple bong.

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Comment by Erin
2008-12-02 08:35:44

Yeah, I’ll bet they “carefully analyzed” it and subjected it to a “series of tests”…

I like how they tried to cultivate the seeds too.

These scientists probably spent quite a lot of money on this project, considering you could have gotten any pot head to do for free.

“Dude, I want you to smoke this 2,700 year old pot. Tell me, has it got a good buzz or is it a little harsh?”

Comment by livius drusus
2009-01-04 15:01:24

:giggle: Ya rly. I bet they had more student volunteers for this research than ever before.

 
 
Comment by Anonymous
2009-01-06 15:36:50

The Chinese used marijuana in tincture form. There is a famous story about a healer using a tincture of marijuana to subdue a general so he could fix a wound on the general’s shoulder.

Comment by livius drusus
2009-01-06 17:47:00

Oo, I bet that was good shit. ;) I actually saw a turn of the century pharmaceutical vendor’s sample case on Antiques Roadshow once which had a bottle for tincture of cannabis.

Said bottle was empty, natch, as was the cocaine one.

 
 
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