Caucasian with 2700 Year Old Cannabis found in China
Ancient Celtic type people found with cannabis in China
"Apparently, medicinal and possibly spiritual or at least ritualistic Cannabis use was a widespread custom among Central Eurasian peoples during the first millennium before the Christian era." - Researchers
The interpretation of the dig was that an important shaman was buried with important things he needed for the afterlife, which included the spirit altering substance THC. What is more, the skeleton was a blond, blue eyed caucasian. This individual was buried with an unusual number of high value, rare items, included a make-up bag, bridles, pots, archery equipment and a kongou harp. Researchers believe the site is of the Gushi people, which are thought to be ancestors or close relative and member of the Celtic peoples.
It is a wonderful time to be alive. All our notions pretty much about everything are being turned upside down. The old theories, which were built on a foundation of sketchy science and guess work from back in day are crumbling. The mortar that holds the old blocks of "mainstream" science are the old academics who desperately hold onto what is now amounting to pseudo-scientific dogma.
This "dig", under discussion here contributes to the rebuilding of the historical record; blond blue, eyed people populated central asia, and cannabis were cultivated with psychoactive properties three thousand years ago.
Today, every science is being rewritten, with the discipline of archaeology especially being set upside down. The foundations of thirty years ago are in tatters. The dates of most major sites were very dodgy, techniques inept, interpretations verging on idiotic. Thanks to better dating techniques, laboratory testing (DNA) and much better cross examination, and availability of data, an new and incredible picture of history and prehistory is being painted in blazing color.
The find was dated to about 2700 BP. There are a few thousand more sites in the area to evaluate! There is no way of calculating exactly how long the ritualistic-recreational use of cannabis goes goes back from there, is could be easily hundreds, or possibly thousands of years. Ancient China and Europe or anywhere was nothing like today, though we somehow like to think so.
We're only now just finding out how profound was the impact of massive extinction events, catastrophes of all kinds, with waves of migrations complete with total population displacement and replacement. It now appears that much of the area from Greece through Central Asia to the borders of the ancient Chinese river valley civilizations was populated by a great number of fair skinned, blond or fair and blue eyed peoples.
To preserve organic materials, the conditions have to be just right, which they are in the case of the the Yanghai Tombs of Turpan, Xinjiang-Uighur Region, China. This find is only the beginning, for there are at least 2,000 more tombs to be explored. There is no question that the cannabis is cultivated and that the consumers knew what they were doing, for the stems and leaves, male plants were removed leaving mostly the prized and potent flower.
"It is often assumed that cannabis was first used, and possibly domesticated, somewhere in China or Central Asia. But a review of research papers has revealed tell tale signs of cannabis use, including pollen, fruit and fibres, in Japan and Eastern Europe at almost exactly the same time, between 11,500 and 10,200 years ago. Free University of Berlin research suggested cannabis use intensified about 5,000 years ago - in the Bronze Age." - Daily Mail
Laboratory analysis showed that the "material' now positively identified the good shit, or psychoactive cannabis, contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, and cannabinol, the oxidative degradation product of THC. As for these pseudo Celtic people's uses of cannabis, the scientists guess that it was used as a so-called religious, spiritual, ceremonial enhancer.
A note about cannabidiol or CBN, it is a well known derivative of THC, which is produced as it ages, or exposed to sunlight or corrosive conditions. CBN is still produced from THC kept in dry, dark conditions, such as those found in this dig site, however, the oxidation process in these conditions is very, very slow.
Our guess is, since the genetics of both the weed and the man with the weed have not changed significantly, they would have used in the same way we do today. Bob Marley, scientists, artists use cannabis to open the canyons of their minds, others use it for the straight up high, and others use it as a potent medicine to treat a very wide list of conditions and symptoms.
"The size of seeds mixed in with the leaves, along with their color and other characteristics, indicate the marijuana came from a cultivated strain. Before the burial, someone had carefully picked out all of the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, leaving little doubt as to why the cannabis was grown." - Paraphrase Russo
The fact that psychoactive and cultivated pot was found on an ancient type of Irishman should lead to the slam dunk conclusion that they smoked and got high, but not necessarily so. They did not find any paraphenalia, no pipes, so perhaps it was taken orally?? In any event, their weed was treated with the utmost importance, something to take to the afterlife above most other things.
The plot thickens. While hemp, the first cousin of cannabis, was used for at least 10,000 years as a fiber for textiles, there was no evidence of its use whatsoever; in clothes, rope, etc. Furthermore, while hemp and cannabis seeds are very nutritional and are a great source of essential fatty acids and protein, there was no evidence pointing to its use as a food.
In an ancient Siberian site, a grave was uncovered, where a woman who apparently died of breast cancer was buried with a cache of cannabis. Was the cannabis used as a painkiller and taken with the women, they hoped, to a pain-free afterlife?
Distilling it all down, we can't say for sure what these blond and blue eyed people did for sure with their weed. But we know pretty much certainly that it was cultivated and it was most definitely that it is psychoactive, unlike wild hemp. While the ultimate details of how these proto-celts used their cannabis, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that they did not partake in the spiritual-recreational and medicinal use of cannabis.
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