20 03 11 - 13:05
Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.
A barrage of tests proves the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope and other objects.
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.
"This individual was buried with an unusual number of high value, rare items," Russo said, mentioning that the objects included a make-up bag, bridles, pots, archery equipment and a kongou harp. The researchers believe the individual was a shaman from the Gushi people, who spoke a now-extinct language called Tocharian that was similar to Celtic. - MSN
This article is the most subversive thing I can imagine. First, it guts our conventional wisdom that European society was ignorant until about 1500 years ago. Second, it lays to waste the idea that marijuana smoking is recent. Finally, it points out that Caucasians wandered the world long before we thought they did. Wait until they prove that "Native Americans" were descendents of a Caucasian society which interbred with its servants, or that Europeans have an origin in India. Science has so many incomplete answers, yet wants us to think they're all definitive.