Dude, Where’s my Guru? 2700-year-old Marijuana used for “Spiritual Purposes?”

Via on Dec 19, 2008

Recently, a 2,700-year-old grave was unearthed, of a man buried in the Gobi Desert. Beside him was two pounds of marijuana (still green?!).

“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.” Read more of this article here.

This is pretty interesting—it begs the question: In ancient times, aside from hemp for rope, twine, etc., just what was marijuana used for?

“Before the burial, someone had carefully picked out all of the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, so Russo and his team believe there is little doubt as to why the cannabis was grown.”

Today it’s widely accepted that parts of the marijuana plant have many uses, including medical and nutritional. It’s also clear that many folks abuse pot, and are simply “checking out.” Until its ban in 1937, marijuana was the biggest cash crop in the United States. Today, it’s the fourth biggest cash crop, despite being illegal.

“Although banned by the U.S. federal government in 1937, it is estimated that 14.6 million Americans use marijuana, which is roughly the population of Calcutta, India.” More here.

Weigh in. What was this man, who had 2 lbs of Marijuana on him, using it for? Can there be “conscious” uses of Marijuana? What if it is used in “sacred” ceremonies for spiritual purposes?

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9 Responses to “Dude, Where’s my Guru? 2700-year-old Marijuana used for “Spiritual Purposes?””

  1. Bill says:

    Yo, Evan. Not really that cool to say you were smoking with Richard Freeman, unless you post that with his permission. Are you a NARC, Dood? (giggles) :)

    At least you posted your name too so I know you have absolutely ZERO discretion, douche.

  2. John says:

    Dammit Waylon, now you made me think. So if one doesn't sign their last name, they are dishonorable? Elaborate, if you would. I mean, you sign your name to everything you do- you're a very public figure. Do you carefully tailor what you say because you sign your name? Are there other things you would say if you didn't sign your full name?

    It's not common practice on internet discussions to include one's last name for a variety of reasons. For one thing, maybe I don't want my boss googling me and seeing everything I've ever written. Maybe I'm going to run for public office and would rather my marijuana use not be brought into question. These are common occurences. Many employers are googling any potential employee before even meeting them.

    I will say that I wish I did not have to take such things into consideration, but I feel it might be wise to.

    Opinions?

    • Good points…still, there's a well known phenomenon on just about every site on the internet wherein folks are vicious, cruel, comments are crazy evil…whether on NYTimes, Huff Post, Daily Camera, elephant, youtube…there's a cartoon that has four boxes

      normal person + internet + anonymity = devil

      I hear your point. Still, I find that when I do write in my name I'm more considerate, and fair, and precise, than otherwise. Still, I hear you on the employer concern.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Good questions. I generally find that if we can't say something with our name attached then we shouldn't be saying it in a public forum. It makes me more respectful and own what I'm saying, when I add my name to it. Still, you have a good point—it can also make us more careful and safe in what we say. ~ Waylon

  3. Anon Emus says:

    I am going to be anonymous on this one folks, some people are still really antsy about pot (I am certainly not).

    I do know pot can make you a bit out of it (even if you are not smoking but are a smoker) being "out of it" is not very Buddhist as far as the whole awakened mind thing goes. It can also make you lazy and antisocial- these are all correct things. BUT it can relax when super tense and "out of it" in a different way- Speedy.

    Now the alcohol thing. I had alcoholics all around me growing up and to be honest? I was much happier with the potheads than the alchies. Alcohol abuse makes people angry and mean sometimes violent and depressed.

    Maybe being a serious smoker is no good of course as it can become emotionally addictive. BUT what the heck? Once in a while? please. It is no better to say alcohol abuse is ok because you are "awakened"? Awakened to what? A terrible hangover and stupid behavior.

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