The dankest weed found in ancient Chinese tomb

first_img Humans, it seems, have been fans of cannabis for millennia. Archaeologists recently discovered a shockingly well-preserved funerary shroud in an ancient Chinese tomb. National Geographic broke the story. A burial site between 2,400 and 2,800-years-old held a middle-aged man laid to rest on a wooden bed. Thirteen complete cannabis plants, each almost three feet long, covered his body. Cue your favorite 420blazeit meme.That weed could have more… practical applications than most give it credit for should come as little surprise. The fibers of cannabis plants have long been used to make rope, paper, and countless other tools. Of course, these cannabis has another use and Hongen Jiang, the lead archaeologist on the dig suggested that lighting up was “very popular” throughout Eurasia millennia ago.The discovery was made during the excavation of the Jiayi cemetery in Turpan. Other parts of the cannabis plants like seeds and stems had previously been discovered elsewhere in the cemetery, but these plants were intact and locally grown (insert Portlandia joke). The area was the site of an important oasis in a large desert. The Gushi Kingdom controlled the area at the time, and it was a large stopover on the early Silk Road. This links the discovery to some other archaeological finds in southern Siberia where a woman was found to have likely died of breast cancer. Like many cancer patients in modern times, she is thought to have used cannabis to ease her symptoms.While I can’t say that I’m personally a fan of cannabis (burns my lungs something awful), it is increasingly strange to see just how many early humans used X or Y substance that’s currently banned in the modern era. Certainly, we know more about the dangers of plenty of things now where we didn’t before, but in China marijuana possession or sale can carry the death penalty. Which seems a bit harsh given that their great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather probably took a toke or two in his day. Stay on target People Got High on Cannabis At Funerals 2,500 Years AgoTrying to Get Pregnant? Stop Smoking Pot last_img