Steppe nomads might have been the first pot dealers

Steppe nomads are not only regarded as one of the founders of the European civilization but new research suggests that they were probably the first who traded with hemp.

Yamnaya people and the neighboring cultures, including the Botai, created a vast trade network that reached to the Hexi Corridor – the historical route, which later became part of the Northern Silk Road located in northern China. Carbonized cannabis seeds and traces of hemp burning, which were discovered at archeological sites, suggest that marihuana smoking was introduced in Eurasia by Yamnaya people who presumably enjoyed the effect of hemp smoking during ceremonies.

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