We knew cannabis was grown thousands of years ago in China, but usually just for its hemp. But now the oldest weed, found in a tomb in the Gobi Desert, proves that the ancients were big fans of the herb.
Scientists determined that the 2,700-year-old remains of lightly “beaten” plant matter were that of marijuana. The marijuana buds were carefully packed in a leather basket next to the head of the tomb’s owner. Scientists described the mummified inhabitant as being Caucasian with blue eyes. He was most likely a shaman or medicine man from the time, and because of his appearance, it is possible that he traveled quite a bit.
One thing is for sure – marijuana was an important plant to take into the afterlife. The scientist determined that the majority of the male flowers were removed from the leather bag leaving the more THC potent buds.
The blue-eyed man was probably a heavy smoker – they found more than 2 pounds of ancient herb buried with him. Either that or he had some stories to tell in the afterlife, making sure he had plenty of bud to share with his audience was probably a good idea.
All that weed, but there were no pipes or bongs discovered in the tomb. This medicine man probably ate the marijuana or burned large quantities for ceremonial purposes.
We should probably get the chance to smoke some of that ancient herb. It might be a little dry, but we know some pretty good ways to bring life back to that pre-historic smoke.
I wonder if we would see the ghost of the man buried in the tomb if we smoke his marijuana. Something directly out of the pages of the movie “How High”.
Imagine what people will think when they dig up some of our weed 3,000 years from now. If the past 50 years of marijuana innovation is any indicator, the weed from the future will be insane.
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