Chinese got high on cannabis 12,000 years ago | World – The Times


The wild ancestors of cannabis probably came from China, where the crop was cultivated about 12,000 years ago, according to new research that analysed the genomes of 110 plants from across the world.

The study, published in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed journal, offered insights into the evolution of one of the first domesticated plants.

“Contrary to a widely accepted view, which associates cannabis with a central Asian centre of crop domestication, our results are consistent with a single domestication origin of cannabis sativa in east Asia,” the study said. Plants are classed as domesticated when their wild characteristics are altered by humans.

“The results also indicate that some of the current Chinese landraces and feral plants represent the closest descendants of the ancestral gene


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