Archaeologists Discover Marijuana in 120,000 Year-Old Prehistoric Site


Note: The source article was from a satire site that fooled us. That said, cannabis is an ageless wonder and has been discovered in ancient ruins. Just not this time.

Even “The Stone Age” had its share of stoners. Archeologists working at 120,000 year old cave in the Hindu Kush mountain range have unearthed the most ancient evidence of cannabis use to date.

A team from Quad-i-Azam University in Pakistan unearthed a cave containing ancient Indica seeds along with various other objects belonging to a cave dwelling, cannabis-loving shaman.

The historian working with the Pakistani archeological team elaborated a theory on the unearthed evidence to

“… The location and context in which the cannabis was found, leads us to believe it was used for ritual purposes. It seems that the occupants of the site threw large quantities of leaves, buds and resin in the fireplace situated on the far end of the cave, filling the entire site with psychotropic smoke.”

The discovery of resin inside a jar found on site confirms the fact that our stone age ancestors were not so different from us after all. They were hot-boxing their cave, a practice that is alive and well in contemporary culture.

The specific cave in question was inhabited for 2,500 years during the neolithic period, or new stone age, an era spanning the years between 10,000 BC and 2,000 BC that witnessed the perfection of stone tool making as well as the beginnings of sedentary, agricultural societies.

While this may be the oldest known case of ritual cannabis use, it’s far from unique. Cannabis has a well documented history in ancient culture: Aryans, Scythians, Thracians, even the Dacians used Cannabis to induce trance-like states of altered, if not heightened consciousness.

Cannabis Sativa also served more practical purposes in ancient cultures. Hemp cord was found in some 10,000 year old pottery unearthed in what is now Taiwan, suggesting that it may have been one of the first crops grown in the early days of agriculture.

Moreover, such evidence inspired Carl Sagan to speculate on the possibility that marijuana cultivation may have been instrumental in the development of agriculture and, consequently, civilization as we know it.

Cannabis also has a well documented relationship with some of the western world’s crowning cultural achievements: acording to the South African Journal of Science, William Shakespeare was known to light up from time to time, as evidenced by the discovery of a resinous pipe in the backyard of his home at Stratford upon Avon.


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Los Angeles born, Chicago bred and living in New York City, marijuana has been near and dear to Jay's heart for as long as he can remember. In the past Jay has worked with Heeb Magazine, The Second City Chicago and as a line cook in one of Martha's Vineyard's finest farm-to-table restaurants.


  1. “The specific cave in question was inhabited for 2,500 years during the neolithic period, or new stone age, an era spanning the years between 10,000 BC and 2,000 BC…” Then shouldn’t the headline be”
    “Archaeologists Discover Marijuana in 12,000 Year-Old Prehistoric Site” ???

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