Incredible ancient warriors who used cannabis

Published Sep 17, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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Female warriors have been around for centuries. In fact, there is proof of women warriors' existence from as early as 600 BCE to 400 CE. These women were known for everything from their poisoned arrow tips being shot into the skies to their wielding of iron blades while sporting full-blown tattoos. They formed an formidable army prepared for battle, and they also used the cannabis plant.

Proof, please

  • Archeologists recently found burial mounds or kurgans that provide evidence to show that Persian and Greek diggers have found indicating the existence of the nomad woman warrior. These famous warriors were found buried with gold sacrificed horses and their cannabis burning kits. Known also by the name Scythians, both men and women were part of the famous ancient warriors. The woman warrior bore the name Amazons. Historians believe the woman warriors behaved like the Greek men. They copied the physical aptitude freedom to roam and choose who they wanted as a sexual partner. This type of behaviour gave cause for the Greeks to be afraid of and have respect for the female warrior.

  • Herodotus, a Greek historian, documented that two and a half thousand years ago, he saw what he called a Scythian vapour bath. The vapour bath was comparable to what we call a hotbox today. The Scythians would throw a substance into a cauldron type container, and in the vessel would be hot rocks. Before entering their abode, the Scythians would throw seeds or "kannabis" onto the rocks. Howling and elated joy would be heard from the inhaling of the "kannabis" by the Scythians. Herodotus goes further to explain the intoxicating "fruit" thrown onto the fires when large groups were gathered. There is intoxicating smoke from the flames, and the crowd becomes more intoxicated as more "fruit" is thrown onto the blazing fires.

  • Adrienne Mayor, the historian, is convinced that cannabis was used for relaxation and for providing an atmosphere for a chilling experience to take hold. Mayor comes upon this belief as she can find no evidence that the intoxicating smoke was used before the battle. She also speaks about fractures the woman warriors had consistent with falls from horses and blunt force trauma. The injuries are in her mind, the reason for cannabis use. To curtail pain and inflammation after battles seemed to be the reason the female warriors used cannabis.

  • Princess Ukok, also known as the Siberian Ice Princess 2500-year-old, remains where studied with the use of an MRI. The results indicated that the
    woman warrior succumbed to breast cancer. Buried beside her was a canister with cannabis and a personal burning kit. Researchers believe that the female warrior was using cannabis to battle the pain from breast cancer.

  • Freya, the Norse goddess of love, is associated with an ancient German pagan tradition. The belief is that by ingesting cannabis, the user became one with sexual and feminine power. Could this be true considering that the feminized plant produced smokable flowers? The harvesting of the flower also symbolized an erotic high festival.

  • Celtic culture originated in Hallstatt, and evidence shows that traces of hashish were found on various items belonging to the Celts' woman warriors.

Last words

Time seems to have no barrier to the cannabis plant and its existence for humankind. Before BC, the plant was documented to assist not only as a recreational substance but also for medicinal use. It seems that the woman warrior in each of us enjoys the benefits that the feminized plant provided for our ancestors and famous warrior females of the past.

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