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400 BCE - Scythians smoke marijuana from golden bongs

Scythian Bong In 2013 archaeologists unearthed a pair of "bongs" made of pure gold that date back to 2,400 years ago.

The historic paraphernalia, which were once used by tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis and opium, were discovered in a massive grave mound in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. Stavropol-based archaeologist Andrei Belinski found the ancient gold treasure when he was excavating a grave mound, called Sengileevskoe-2, to clear the way for a power-line project.

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1000 - 500 BCE: The Chinese Book of Odes praises cannabis

A poem from the Shih Ching, handwritten by the Qianlong Emperor, along with a painting.The ancient Chinese Shih Ching (Book of Odes), is a compilation of songs composed between 1000-500 BCE; an anthology compiled from the works of various anonymous authorship.

Hemp is mentioned seven times in the Book Of Odes. One poem states that to soak hemp to remove the glue is a woman's task. Another poem says, "The pond at the East Gate, can be used to soak the hemp." Four variations for ma are given in the first dictionary, Shuo-wen chieh-tzu, compiled by Hsu Shen in the Eastern Han period. The Chi-chiu-pien, a primer composed in the first century BCE for teaching and writing, lists rice, millet and hemp in one sentence. Government records of the Han period show that a roll of rough to medium hemp cloth cost about 300-400 cash, and plain silk cost slightly more than medium hemp fabric.[1]

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