Nearly two pounds of still-green herb was found in a 2,700 year old grave located in the Gobi Desert in China. According the the Journal of Experimental Botany, this stash has been identified as the world’s oldest dankest bud. Some believed that the stash was used to make items of clothing and all that other stuff hippies use hemp for.
But not really. Through some “tests” scientists figured out that this bud was being toked up. I wonder if they found 2,700 year old bag of Doritos nearby? Mmmmmm…..
“Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that the marijuana “is quite similar” to what’s grown today.
“We know from both the chemical analysis and genetics that it could produce THC (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid synthase, the main psychoactive chemical in the plant),” he explained, adding that no one could feel its effects today, due to decomposition over the millennia.”
And some *cough* special tests *cough.*
Here are some very fabulous details (MSNBC reports):
Russo served as a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Botany while conducting the study. He and his international team analyzed the cannabis, which was excavated at the Yanghai Tombs near Turpan, China. It was found lightly pounded in a wooden bowl in a leather basket near the head of a blue-eyed Caucasian man who died when he was about 45.
And lucky he’s deceased because his ass got busted with two pounds in China. *Note to self: Get buried with weed and party in the afterlife…
Scientists thought the substance was coriander, but it turned out to be good ‘ol Mary Jane (she never ages). Tests also revealed that the strain was cultivated. However, scientists are confused as to how the herb was smoked. There was no evidence of pipes or other objects.
The ancient stash has been jacked by scientists is currently being kept at the Turpin Museum in China. Stoners are rejoicing a 2,700 year old heritage that continues today 😉
And on that note, here’s the long-overdue Music Video of the Day: