Chinese tombs yield earliest evidence of cannabis use

Cannabis has been cultivated for millennia in East Asia as an oil-seed and fibre crop. Little is known, however, about the early use and eventual cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive and medicinal properties. Despite being one of the most widely used psychoactive drugs in the world today, there is little archaeological or historical evidence for the use of marijuana in the ancient world. A new study, published in the journal Science Advances, identifies psychoactive compounds preserved in 2,500-year-old funerary incense burners from the Jirzankal Cemetery in the eastern Pamirs. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have shown that people were selecting plants with higher levels of THC and burning them as part of mortuary rituals. This is the earliest clear evidence to date of cannabis being used for its psychoactive properties.

Chinese tombs yield earliest evidence of cannabis use

Researchers uncover the earliest known evidence of cannabis use, from tombs in western China.

Thu 13 Jun 19 from BBC News

Oldest Evidence for Weed Smoking Found In Chinese Grave

One of the braziers recovered from the grave site. Some had residues from cannabis smoking in them. (Credit: Xinhua Wu) More than 40 tombs dot the southeastern corner of the Pamir plateau, ...

Wed 12 Jun 19 from Discover Magazine

High times: evidence suggests cannabis smoking emerged around 500 BCE

Chemical analysis of funerary goods indicates pot was grown in western China specifically for its potency. Andrew Masterson reports.

Wed 12 Jun 19 from Cosmos Magazine

Ancient Wooden Pots from China Contain Cannabis Residue

A brazier and charred stones, thought to be part of burial ceremonies, preserve signs that people used the drug thousands of years ago.

Wed 12 Jun 19 from The Scientist

This is how humans smoked pot 2,500 years ago

Our ancestors smoked cannabis 2,500 years ago, according to the latest evidence unearthed at a burial site on the Pamir Plateau in western China. But smoking was ...

Wed 12 Jun 19 from ABC Science

Tombs in China reveal humans were smoking cannabis 2500 years ago

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Wed 12 Jun 19 from Newscientist

People may have smoked marijuana in rituals 2,500 years ago in western China

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Wed 12 Jun 19 from ScienceNews

The origins of cannabis smoking: Marijuana use in the first millennium BC

Cannabis has been cultivated for millennia in East Asia as an oil-seed and fibre crop. Little is known, however, about the early use and eventual cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive ...

Wed 12 Jun 19 from Phys.org

People smoked pot to get high 2,500 years ago, study says

Getting high on marijuana may not be a modern pastime, as archaeologists have found the earliest clear evidence to date that people were smoking cannabis for its psychoactive properties some ...

Thu 13 Jun 19 from FOXNews

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