Ancient Marijuana Burial Shroud Uncovered 
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Ancient Marijuana Burial Shroud Uncovered 
Posted by CN Staff on October 06, 2016 at 16:57:30 PT
By Phillip Smith, AlterNet
Source: AlterNet
China -- Archeologists in China have uncovered a 2,500-year-old grave site that contains the bones of a man draped in freshly harvested marijuana plants—with the budding tops lopped off. Researchers say the "extraordinary cache" helps deepen our understanding of the plant's ritual and medicinal use in ancient Eurasian cultures.According to research findings reported in the journal Economic Botany, a team led by archeologist Hongen Jiang unearthed the burial site of a man, approximately 35 years old with Caucasian features, from a cemetery in China's Turpan Basin. At the time of the man's death, the area was known as the Gushi Kingdom, and the desert oasis there was an important stop on the Silk Road.
The remains of the man rested on a wooden pallet with a reed pillow beneath his head. Thirteen marijuana plants up to three feet long were placed diagonally across his chest, the tops running from just under his chin and along the left side of his face, forming a sort of cannabis shroud.It's not the first time signs of marijuana have been found in archeological digs in the region. In 2008, a burial site in nearby Yanghai cemetery turned up turned up nearly a kilogram of marijuana seeds and powdered leaves. Not far to the west, marijuana seeds have also turned up in first millennium B.C.E. Scythian burials in southern Siberia.But this is the first time archeologists have uncovered complete marijuana plants, and the first time they've seen them used as a shroud, Jiang said. Because they are whole plants, researchers can determine that they were grown locally, rather than obtained by trade from elsewhere.The plants were lying flat on the man's body, meaning they had been fresh when harvested in the area. Also, most of the flowering buds—interestingly, all females—had been collected, enabling the archeologists to determine that the burial had occurred in late summer, when the plants would have been mature.The fact that all the plants are females is especially suggestive, as the female plants contain the highest quantities of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for creating marijuana's high. Not only that, the remaining buds turned out—even 25 centuries later—to be covered in trichomes, the tiny "hairs" that secrete the resin containing THC and the other cannabinoids.That, and a lack of discoveries of hemp textiles, led the archeologists to suggest marijuana had been grown and harvested for its intoxicating properties, and could have been smoked or consumed in a beverage for ritual and/or medicinal purposes.The Turpan "Reefer Man" is just the latest evidence that marijuana consumption was "very popular" along the Silk Road and across the steppes at least 2,500 years before mid-20th-century jazz musicians and beatniks began to popularize it here. Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.Source: AlterNet (US)Author: Phillip SmithPublished: October 5, 2016Copyright: 2016 Independent Media InstituteContact: letters Website: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on October 11, 2016 at 11:04:11 PT
"Archaeologists in China recently discovered evidence that humans have been using cannabis as medicine and employing it in spiritual rituals for over 2,400 years…"
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Comment #1 posted by Garry Minor on October 07, 2016 at 13:34:02 PT:
From the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta
FARGARD XXThrita, the First HealerThrita was the first who drove back death and disease, as Ahura Mazda had brought to him down from heaven ten thousand healing plants that had been growing up around the tree of eternal life, the white Hôm or Gaokerena.This Thrita is mentioned only once again in the Avesta, in Yasna IX, 7, where he appears to have been one of the first priests of Haoma. This accounts for his medical skill; as Haoma is a source of life and health, his first priests must have been the first healers.Thrita was originally the same as Thraêtaona 1. On one hand, we see that in the Rig-veda the great feat of Thraêtaona is ascribed to Trita as well as to Traitâna, and Trita Âptya, 'the son of the waters,' was as well the celestial priest who pours Haoma into rain as the celestial hero who kills the snake in storms. On the other hand, we see that Thraêtaona fulfilled the same functions as Thrita: according to Hamza he was the inventor of medicine 2; the Tavids 3 against sickness are inscribed with his name, and we find in the Avesta itself the Fravashi of Thraêtaona invoked 'against itch, hot fever, humours, cold fever 4, vâvareshi, against the plagues created by the serpent 5.' We see from this passage that disease was understood as coming from the serpent; in other words, that it was considered a sort of poisoning 6, and this is the reason why thep. 220killer of the serpent was invoked to act against it. Thus Thrita-Thraêtaona had a double right to the title of the first of the healers, both as a priest of Haoma and as the conqueror of the serpent 1.Snip Bosm / Haoma
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