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  • Bobs trips to China. Hmmmm

    It's about all that digging he does...

    Archaeologists who dug up a 2,700-year-old tomb of a shaman near Turpan out in far west Xinjiang province found a curious pouch. News reports call it the oldest stash of marijuana on Earth.

    The cannabis was "superbly preserved by climatic and burial conditions," according to an article in the scientific Journal of Experimental Botany.

    It apparently had a very high content of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but the leaf was too old to measure precisely.

    So the question is whether the stash was just for the shaman's personal consumption. According to the journal, the shaman had 789 grams of the stuff, almost 2 pounds. According to another news article, the Xinjiang region of China may be an original source of cannabis strains worldwide.

    A foreign reader who lives in China sent in an interesting e-mail about marijuana, responding to news about the world's oldest stash.

    He said he traveled down to Dali and Shangri-la in Yunnan Province last summer, and this is what he found:

    "To my great surprise, marijuana was everywhere down there. I was told by the folks in the Tibetan medicine shops that pot has been used as medicine in Tibet, Yunnan and the whole region for thousands of years. The medicine shops had it under the counter for special customers. They said it was widespread and accepted until Mao. Even today, you see folks on the streets smoking their bongs and you see pot sold in the countryside markets. They smoke it, eat it, and brew a tea. It's growing everywhere in the foothills and mountains."

    In a follow-up e-mail, the reader said: "I was told they smoke a blend of what they call angel-hair tobacco from the region and marijuana. Many just smoke all pot. They also make a black paste from the pot (we'd call it hashish) and mix it with the tobacco. Those folks were the Bai minority from Dali I understand. The pot pic is from Tiger Leaping Gorge ... another reason the area is so popular with Western backpackers. A friend told me Dali is known as the Amsterdam of China. I totally understand why."

    As most readers should know, penalties are harsh in China for marijuana usage.
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    I haven't been to Tibet or Yunnan, so I can't comment about what's what there.

    Hemp is grown for oil seed and fiber in the parts of China where I work. In southern Gansu and Ningxia there are fields of it and folks sometimes have it as an ornamental plant too. Some of my colleagues have tried smoking the field variety and said they couldn't detect an effect.

    In China, construction workers are often migrants and usually camp out at the site. When at the University in Lanzhou, Gansu, we stay at the University guest house which one summer was being renovated and the workers were camped in the courtyard. After they quit working (about 9 pm!) my room mate and I noticed the distinct oder of smoke wafting through our open window.

    But that's the only time I experienced anyone in China using the herb. I have made discrete inquiries of grad students and professors, many of whom have peasant backgrounds, and they all deny it's use as smoke. Of course, a person who has clawed his or her way up out of the vilage to the University is going to be vary careful about owning up to anything like that, especially to a westerner who might be a blabbermouth.
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      fortunately the guy is dead, because 768 grams would constitute 'intent to distribute' under California law...
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