Cannabis sold via Silk road 5000 years ago…


A new study, published in the journal of Vegetation History and Archeobotany, has linked the increased use of cannabis in East Asia with the rise of transcontinental trade between Europe and the East between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, at the start of the Bronze Age. ShareThe researchers have presented a systematic review of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental records of cannabis, which includes the fibres and pollen of the plant, in Europe and East Asia.They found that, counter to the general assumption that cannabis was first used in China or Central Asia, the plant was found to have been used in Japan and Eastern Europe at nearly the same point in time, between 11,500 and 10,000 years ago, the New Scientist reports.The Yamnaya people, who were based in what is now Eastern Europe, are thought to have transported cannabis across the continent as they travelled eastwards.It is thought that cannabis is one of the goods sent along the Bronze Road to Asia, which later became known as the Silk Road, the ancient network of trade routes that connected Europe and China.

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Source:New scientist

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