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A new insight into Cannabis sativa (Cannabaceae) utilization from 2500-year-old Yanghai Tombs, Xinjiang, China

Author:
Jiang, H.E., Li, X., Zhao, Y.X., Ferguson, D.K., Hueber, F., Bera, S., Wang, Y.F., Zhao, L.C., Liu, C.J., Li, C.S.
Source:
Journal of ethnopharmacology 2006 v.108 no.3 pp. 414-422
ISSN:
0378-8741
Subject:
Cannabis sativa, ethnobotany, Oriental traditional medicine, herbal medicines, medicinal plants, shoots, leaves, fruits (plant anatomy), China
Abstract:
A cache of shoots, leaves and fruits dated by 14C at 2500 years B.P. were unearthed in the Yanghai Tombs, Turpan District in Xinjiang, China. By comparing the morphological and anatomical characteristics of the plant remains found in the tomb and specimens of modern plants, it is shown that the remains belong to Cannabis. Based on the shamanistic background of the deceased man and ancient customs, it is assumed that the Cannabis was utilized for ritual/medicinal purposes.
Agid:
697135