Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.
The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.
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.
I certainly don’t recommend that you smoke any 2,700-year-old pot — it loses some of its freshness.
This is pretty fascinating — we’ve known that cannabis has been around for thousands of years, but to actually find a sample of it is something. The incredible age of that 789 grams is particularly powerful in that it really points out how ephemeral is our war on drugs.
When I die, don’t put it in my grave – just light up and celebrate (hopefully it’ll be legal again by then).