Escape your life for a little while — come play in mine.

Hope they’ve got some serious protection around that lab . . .

Posted by Lissa on December 3, 2008

 . . . cause I know quite a few folks would be willing to do some, um, HANDS-ON research:

OTTAWA – Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

Can we consider this a kindler, gentler approach to Chinese drugs than the Opium Wars?  Damn Caucasian drug-pushers!

Reminds me of a night Mike and I spent in a bar in downtown Lissaville.  It’s a very odd bar, in that it combines two very different atmospheres.  It’s a sports bar — plasma TV’s, Celtics jerseys, boxes of Flutie Flakes and everything — but the decorations are vaguely Asian and they serve things like teriyaki ribs and edamame.  I was confused.

ME:  “Mike, this is such a weird combination.  Who would want sports and Asian at the same time?”

MIKE: [raises eyebrows, then raises hand] “Ummmm, me???”

ME: “Oh yeah, good point!”

If we apply the same combination to the stash in China . . . well, I think I’ve got a few old friends who would find the combination of cannabis and Chinese quite delightful!

P.S.  Yes, I’m very glad Question 2 got a Yes vote, for common sense as much as libertarianism.

(article h/t to JWF, by way of Ace)

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