An amazing new study published in the journal History of the Museum and Archaeobotany on May 14, demonstrates the work of a team of researchers from the University of Vermont demonstrating their evidence that the cannabis plant "grew 28 million years ago in a particular area on the Tibetan plateau."
Titled, "Cannabis in Asia: its center of origin and early cultivation, based on a subfossil formation pollen and archaeobotanical studies ", a study aimed at establishing the oldest common ancestor of the cannabis plant. John McPartland led by the University of Vermont led a group of investigators who studied 'wild-type plant distribution & # 39; including & # 39; 1
Striving to identify the unknown origin of modern cannabis plants they have declared it has grown in conditions of steppe-like conditions caused by the tectonic formation of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau in the general vicinity of the Qinghai Lake around of "28 million years ago." Co-localized in the first steppe community that grew up in Asia, the team said, and while The cannabis pollen was both similar to hop pollen researchers were able to identify two species and established that hops and cannabis were shared of a common ancestor.
Left; cannabis plant, right; Hop plant. Both parts of the same family of flowering plants ( Cannabaceae) . Soucre: (Dmytro Sukharevskyi / Adobe; CC BY-SA 2.0)
Where Does The Cannabis Plant Take Root?
People use cannabis plants for at least 27,000 years and this new study provides a better understanding of not only '& # 39; the first cannabis plants changed but also about & # 39; when & # 39; Humanoids first began to use them as drugs and within the ritual environments. An article in the Live Science said "Although this long thought has changed in central Asia, scientists are blurred in an accurate location."
The cannabis source area center on this new role is located just a few hundred kilometers from the Baishiya Karst Cave where researchers have recently announced, in an article in the New Scientist, once inhabited by an ancient relative of Homo sapiens – Denisovans. DNA analysis shows that a jaw found in Tibetan cave is derived from a Denisovan and thus shows that the species is wider than is known. And now the oldest trace of cannabis is found in or around the same place.
It is thought that because "the ground was in the middle of the ice age they could have brought cannabis cereals from elsewhere" supported by cannabis pollen discovered in other caves inhabited by Denisovans.
Denisovans can deliver cans of cannabis. From the Tibetan Plateau, according to another Live Science article, Cannabis has reached Europe about 6 million years ago and has now spread as a eastern China by 1.2 million years ago. Over millennia cannabis moved around the globe, and by Africa it reached South America in the 19th century that the United States entered the forefront of the 20th century to Mexican immigrants who fled the Mexican Revolution of 1910- 1911.
After 28 million years of development and nearly 30 thousand years of ill use of both men Cannabis sativa L . and Cannabis sativa was banned in Utah in 1915, and in 1931 was illegal in 29 states. By 1937, the Marijuana Tax Law puts cannabis under the Regulation of the Drug Enforcement Agency, which cuts plant property across the country.
However, since the beginning of this century these laws have fallen under the pressure of Americans, and as the state reports of the 2018 Business Insider "The Legalization of Marijuana Impresses All State ". It seems, as the richest and most technologically equipped nations in the world are causing our future there remains a hardcore population who prefer the old way, the Denisovan way, where the magic plant is a dietary and social element .
Leading image: Cannabis plant origin traced to ancient Tibet. Source: CC0 / Pixabay
By Ashley Cowie