SEP. 2008 - TWO POUNDS OF CANNABIS FOUND BURIED IN 2,700-YEAR-OLD CHINESE TOMB
Tomb M90 of the Yanghai Tombs, in which cannabis from 2,700 years ago was found.Tomb M90 of the Yanghai Tombs, in which cannabis from 2,700 years ago was found.
“The Yanghai Tombs near Turpan, Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region, China have recently been excavated to reveal the 2700-year-old grave of a Caucasoid shaman whose accoutrements included a large cache [789 grams, or about two pounds] of cannabis…
The cannabis was presumably employed by this culture as a medicinal or psychoactive agent, or an aid to divination. To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent, and contribute to the medical and archaeological record of this pre-Silk Road culture.”
ScienceBlogs.com, Mar. 28, 2009
Ethan Russo, MD “Phytochemical and Genetic Analyses of Ancient Cannabis from Central Asia,” Journal of Experimental Botany, Sep. 2008