2,700-Year Old Weed Found

China has a very long history of marijuana use.

In 2008, a group of archaeologists led by Hongen Jiang from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found almost 2 pounds of dried weed in a 2700 year old Yanghai Tomb. These tombs were found in the Gobi Desert of China. Its the oldest found weed in history. At first the researchers thought it was coriander (a herb used for cooking), but a lab in England confirmed that it wasn’t coriander, but instead weed. It appears that someone wanted to get super high in the after life. The exceedingly dry conditions and alkaline soil helped preserve the marijuana. It was still green but had lost its odor.

Researchers have found a lot evidence for the consumption of marijuana in history. Ancient marijuana has been found in ancient Egypt, and the Greek historian Herodotus described Scythians inhaling the smoke from smoldering cannabis seeds and flowers to get high. Moral of the story, millennials aren’t the only ones who’ve gotten high.

Photomicrographs of ancient cannabis. (A) Photograph of the whole cannabis sample being transferred in laminar flow hood. (B) Photomicrograph of leaf fragment at low power displaying non-glandular and amber sessile glandular trichomes. (C) Higher power photomicrograph of a single sessile glandular trichome. (D) Low power photomicrograph of a cannabis achene (‘seed’) including the base with a non-concave scar of attachment visible.
Photomicrographs of ancient cannabis.
The tomb of the Chinese shaman where the oldest package of marijuana in history was found
Tomb where the weed was found

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