It is always fascinating to be transported back in time and to be given a true picture of the behaviour and experience as it would have been then. Now we can do just that as a team of researchers have reported a very exciting discovery linking humans to the consumption of cannabis over 2,500 years ago.
Whilst there is already extensive documentation outlining the timeline of cannabis’ existence, the proof of its consumption has never been found.
Scientific research, cannabis activists and historians have placed these timelines as far back as 2900 BC.
Robert Deich, hemp activist stated: “The Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi (ca. 2900 BC), whom the Chinese credit with bringing civilization to China, seems to have made reference to Ma, the Chinese word for Cannabis, noting that Cannabis was very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang.” Hemp: American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History, 2003
Jesus was a Stoner?
Included in this historical data is the 1450 BC Book of Exodus and its refrernce to holy anointing oil made from cannabis. This has stirred speculation that Jesus Christ and his followers may have partaken in medicinal marijuana.
Chris Bennett, writer for High Times magazine in Canada wrote:
“Holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus (30:22-23), contained over six pounds of kaneh-bosem, a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis, extracted into about six quarts of olive oil, along with a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.” “Was Jesus a Stoner?,” High Times Magazine, Feb. 10, 2003.
However, to this day archaeological evidence has only been able to prove the cannabis plants’ existence. Archaeological sites have successfully identified the plants and seeds yet it has remained unclear as to cannabis’ use. Until now.
Braziers Contain the Missing Link
An international team of researchers analysing ancient artefacts have found wooden bowls containing small stones that have been heated to very high temperatures. Archaeologists identified these stones as braziers which we already believe Ancient Egyptians used for vaporizing plant matter.
Chemical evaluation revealed that most of the braziers had once contained cannabis. The researchers decided to compare the properties of this cannabis to the plants that had been discovered just 1,000 miles east of the Jiayi cemetery. What they discovered was that this time the cannabis contained molecular remnants of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. The previous plant had no THC and would have been used as a source of fibre for clothing and rope. In other words, it was hemp.
So, as a result of this find we can understand that as far back as the eighth century BC humans were interacting with the cannabis plant and its versatile nature. Using the characteristics of one strain of the plant for practical purposes and the other fro recreational and medicinal. Exactly as we are doing today.
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