Marijuana Found In 700 BC Grave

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Cannabis Discovered
In 700BC Chinese Grave!

Over 20 years ago, Chinese farmers uncovered an ancient graveyard with more than 2500 tombs in central northern China. Recent archeological digs reveal the region was populated for 10-40,000 years. Plant matter was analyzed to learn about the cultures movements, as well as the food and medicinal plant sources they had access to. Some cultures of this region used hemp for rope and clothing.  But the ancient plant samples found in the graves did not contain the genetic material found in hemp seed, they contained ancient cannabis. There was also an absence of hemp artifacts from the Yanghai Tombs.

Hybrid cannabis flower

In 2008, the Journal of Experimental Botany published the findings of an international team of scientists, botanists and archaeologists excavating the Yanghai Tombs, in China.

During the dig, the 2700 year old tomb of a fair haired, blue-eyed, 45 year old Caucasian man was identified as a Shaman. His grave included many high value items, including 789 grams of cultivated sativa and indica FEMALE cannabis flower. The cannabis flower had visible glandular trichomes. The male plant parts had been removed, which indicated to the botanists a medicinal or spiritual purpose. Microscopic examination of the cannabis flower confirmed the presence of trichomes….with an amber tint. These plant attributes are all traits of domestication and cultivation!

Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that “We know from both the chemical analysis and genetics that the marijuana could produce THC .  These investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent, and contribute to the medical and archaeological record of a pre-Silk Road culture.”

This map shows how marijuana spread throughout the world, from its origins on the steppes of Central Asia.

This map shows how marijuana spread throughout the world,
from its origins on the steppes of Central Asia.

Credit: Barney Warf, University of Kansas

Scientific discoveries and subsequent publications, indicate cannabis was cultivated in many regions of the globe and by many cultures. Cannabis and hemp were used by ancient people from the steppes of the high desert in northern China, India and Russia, to Africa, into Europe and then South America. Evidence has been found that cannabis was used medicinally by the Viking, Celtic and Germanic races.

The Puritans brought hemp with them to New England in 1645.  The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911 drove many immigrants fleeing the war into southern US states.  Cannabis found its way to Northern America via Mexico at the turn of the 19th Century.

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