Weed is a Very Old Medicinal & Fiber Crop


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 June 2019

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

"The Chimney"
Oldest Weed Smoker in Existence
The typical brazier and burnt stones in ancient Pamirs. Xinhua Wu, at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
The typical brazier and burnt stones in ancient Pamirs. Xinhua Wu, at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

 

Weed is a Very Old Medicinal & Fiber Crop

The Origins of Cannabis Smoking: Marijuana use in the First Millennium BC,
Max Planck Institute, June 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Generally...
"Cannabis plants were cultivated in East Asia for their oily seeds and fibre from at least 4000 BC."

Little Evidence
"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."

This Research
"...identified psychoactive compounds preserved in 2,500-year-old funerary incense burners from the Jirzankal Cemetery in the eastern Pamirs."

"...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."

HERODOTUS [The Greek Historian] 490 - 425-BC
"Many historians place the origins of cannabis smoking on the ancient Central Asian steppes, but these arguments rely solely on a passage from a single ancient text from the late first millennium BC, written by the Greek historian Herodotus."

Discovery
"The burners were recovered from 2500-year-old tombs in the Pamir mountain range. The international research team used a method called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to isolate and identify compounds preserved in the burners. To their surprise, the chemical signature of the isolated compounds was an exact match to the chemical signature of cannabis. Moreover, the signature indicated a higher level of THC than is normally found in wild cannabis plants."

"...clear evidence that ancient people in the Pamir Mountains were burning specific varieties of cannabis that had higher THC levels."

China Invented-Discovered EVERYTHING
"The findings support the idea that cannabis plants were first used for their psychoactive compounds in the mountainous regions of eastern Central Asia, thereafter spreading to other regions of the world."

DISPUTED TERRITORY
West of Tibet...
Never Part of Ancient China
"Some of the skeletons recovered from the site, situated in modern-day western China, have features that resemble those of contemporaneous peoples further west in Central Asia."

Early Silk Route
"The exchange routes of the early Silk Road functioned more like the spokes of a wagon wheel than a long-distance road, placing Central Asia at the heart of the ancient world. Our study implies that knowledge of cannabis smoking and specific high-chemical-producing varieties of the cannabis plant were among the cultural traditions that spread along these exchange routes."

 

Bottom Line

I don't believe there's enough evidence to support their claims that the first, "stoners," were Chinese, and came from Pamir, as opposed to being spread there along trade routes from Assryia. And, those people were not ancient Chinese up in those mountains…they were the forerunners of what the Greeks called, "Scythians."

Not Proof Enough
Though it can be claimed that this is the place that the first evidence of weed used for, "psychoactive," purposes has been found at this Pamir site, the paucity of evidence of any evolution or spread of weed use, to or from the Pamir Mountains, by no means indicates that this was the birthplace of the first use of, "psychoactive," weed, or that such uses even started there in Pamir. Being the first place early use has been found does not mean it is the place this practice started.

 

Ancient Assyrian & Mesopotamian Tablets have left evidence of medical/spiritual uses a thousand years before Pamir.

3000 BC
Weed Mentioned Frequently in Ancient Assyrian & Mesopotamian Medical Tablets,
Antique Cannabis Book

HERODOTUS [The Greek Historian] 490 - 425-BC,
Antique Cannabis Book

Pamir Mountains
Wiki

Ancient Name
Scythia
Wiki

Modern Name
Tajikistan
History of Tajikistan
Wiki

 

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