08.01.2016
culture

Bronze Age Humans Sold Cannabis Before It Was Cool

Or has weed been cool and valuable for 10,000 years?

Don't give your weed dealer; or even the local dispensaries too much credit––slanging nugs of THC is seemingly engrained in human DNA. Well, kind of. According to a recently published database, cannabis has been traded among humans for more than 10,000 years,  

The New Scientist reports on the database. Built by German researchers Tengwen Long and Pavel Tarasov, from information and observations gleaned from studies of cannabis archaeology, the weed-timeline-thesis tracks the problematic and ever-so-delightful herb's first appearance in "the archaeological record of Japan and Eastern Europe at almost exactly the same time, between about 11,500 and 10,200 years ago."

Video via New Scientist

Looking deeper, according to Long and Tarasov's database, dope was first slung from continent-to-continent at the tail-end of the Stone Age, over the trade route which would eventually become the Silk Road. The data reportedly pins the Yamnaya people––a nomadic tribe believed to be one of the key lifestyle influencers (and founders) of European civilization––as the original plug; turning on Eurasia to the many uses of the cannabis plant, from textiles to tokage. 

Though the Yamnaya were likely not dabbing folk, their role as Earth's first herb dealers establishes them as evolving directly into the sacks of meat and skin and bones who still smoke, and sell, and smuggle the herb today. The Yamnaya also serve as definitive proof that weed socks were never original. 

 

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