Several scholars speculate that Cannabis Hemp has been a part of humanity since the dawning of civilization, if not longer. Most likely this amazing plant was first encountered by hunter gatherers hunting for food. Some scholars have even speculated that civilization itself may have first started because the hunter gatherers decided to stay to cultivate marijuana.
Shamans were most likely the first people to utilize Cannabis as a religious sacrament. The oldest known archeological discovery that demonstrates this is in the Gobi Desert, which is located in the heart of China. Farmers plowing a field discovered one of many Gushi tombs in the area dating from 3200 – 2000 bp. The tomb belonged to a mummified figure with red hair and blue eyes. Found alongside this mummy was a container of 789grams of female Cannabis Flowers.
A sample of this Cannabis was sent to Oxford University, in which extensive testing revealed active cannabinoids. Testing also presented evidence of two unique genetic markers that are extinct today. Much of the Cannabis still had intact trichomes, radiating a vibrant amber hue. Your browser may not support display of this image.
It is amazing that trichomes still exist after 2700 years. The plant matter is still bright green and the THC is viable! It is only due to the dryness and heat of the Gobi that we have such incredibly preserved specimens. Hopefully, future attempts will be made again at germination. It would be a fantastic thing to try an ancient strain in modern times!
Along with the psychoactive Cannabis, the mummified human also possessed a harp, indicating he was a shaman. There have been much older finds, also in China, of Cannabis Hemp. However, all signs indicate that the plant material in these finds was used mainly for cordage and textiles. The Gushi people soly wore woolen clothing and also used wool bridals. These artifacts indicate that the Cannabis found in this tomb IS for spiritual, religious, and healing purposes.
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