Researchers happened to come across ancient marijuana stash in the tomb of a light-haired, blue-eyed middle-aged Caucasian man when they were analyzing northern China’s Yanghai Tombs. This archaeological discovery in northern Asia has provided significant insights into the smoking habits of ancient civilizations.
This tomb was said to have accommodated 789 grams of marijuana, some sacred antiques and some personal possessions presumed by the Jushi culture to guide the deceased hereafter.
The optimal effects of the tomb like the alkaline nature of the soil and the arid weather conditions sustained the green color of the marijuana, even though researchers observed that they had lost their unique flavor and aroma. The scientist did not mention how they detected the flavor of the weed that was about 2700 years old.
At first, they thought it to be the annual herbs used as spices; additional analysis by an experienced group from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Botany proved that the material was marijuana. The hoard was later detected to have a substantial quantity of THC. THC is the fundamental psychotropic constituent that causes the “high” effect in marijuana. The flowers in the tomb were of the female origin.
According to the discovery, scientists figured out that marijuana was mainly for fun and religious purposes and might have also performed an essential function in the Shaman’s tradition.
The stash is presently situated at China’s Turpan Museum.
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