This Man Was Buried With a Cannabis Shroud 2,500 Years Ago

Bild: Wikimedia commons/Bogdan (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Bild: Wikimedia commons/Bogdan (CC BY-SA 3.0)
If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to choose how you leave this world. I don’t mean how you die, but how your remains are treated, interred, or otherwise consecrated.

By Sarah Emerson | MOTHERBOARD

Some 2,500 years ago, in the deserts of China’s Turpan Basin, someone decided to lovingly shroud a man’s remains with marijuana. Archaeologist Hongen Jiang and several other colleagues discovered the ritual burial, and described the tomb as an “extraordinary cache of ancient, well-preserved Cannabis.”

According to Jiang’s findings, which were detailed in Economic Botany last month, thirteen cannabis plants were gently placed across the 35-year-old man’s body, in a seemingly deliberate fashion. The plant stalks, which were nearly intact (most of their flowers had been clipped off), were arranged diagonally over the deceased person’s chest. A wooden bed and reed pillow were also identified in the tomb.

Researchers suggest this funeral ritual, which occurred between 2,400 to 2,800 years ago, could offer evidence that cannabis played a significant role in early Eurasian steppe cultures.

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