In a remote part of Central Asia, researchers have discovered 789 grams of uniquely preserved cannabis buried 2700 years ago along with a light skinned, light haired, blue eyed cannabis shaman.  This sample gives us the oldest proof that cannabis was used for the purposes of “getting high”, as the sample contained high levels of THC, and relatively low levels of CBD.  

According to the Journal of Experimental Botany, the vegetative material was lightly pounded and was “cultivated for psychoactive purposes”, rather than as fiber, clothing, or as food.  It was likely used for purposes of divination or spirituality.  

The ancient cannabis stash came from plants that were THC dominant.  Wild-type or hemp based cannabis strains would have yielded lower levels of THC and more of a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.  About 100 seeds were also found, though unfortunately the genetic material in them was lost as researchers were unable to germinate the seeds.  

Dr. Jake Felice is an accomplished naturopathic physician with extensive experience with cannabinoid therapeutics and medical cannabis consultations.  As a national cannabis brand ambassador he has provided scientific, medical, public relations, product development, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets.  He has consulted for major cannabis companies including Willie Nelson’s brand, Cannabis Basics, Medical Marijuana 411, Seattle Central College, and The Academy of Cannabis Science.  Additionally, he provides ongoing industry training for cannabis professionals in Washington State which are required by law for professionals to obtain medical marijuana consultant certification through the Washington State Department of Health.

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