2,400 years ago, ancient Aryan royal chiefs used pure gold ‘bongs’ to smoke powerful mixtures of cannabis and opium before heading into battle.
Every discovery tells us a little bit more about our past and the lives of ancient cultures around the globe.
Now, new discoveries made around the globe are showing us that thousands of years ago, ancient cultures around the globe used psychedelic drugs in a number of ways.
Now, researchers have found two pieces of pure gold ‘bongs’ that are be.eived to be at least 2,400 years old. The ‘bongs’ were used by Aryan tribal chiefs in religious ceremonies to smoke cannabis.
The discovery was made in Russia when workers were excavating the ground to make room for new power lines. The gold ‘bongs’ were dug up together with 7lbs of other golden artifacts belonging to the same culture.
The ‘ancient treasures’ were buried in a concealed stone chamber covered by thick layers of clay.
Scientists have carried out a number of tests demonstrating that the thick, black residue found inside the bongs comes from the use of cannabis and opium used by royal chiefs during their ceremonies.
According to researchers, the items belonged to the ancient Scythians, a nomadic warrior culture which governed large parts of the European continent and areas in Asia sometime between the 9th and 4th centuries AD.
Researchers believe that the golden ‘bongs’ are the oldest in existence.
The finding isn’t the only of its kind. Researchers have discovered that the ancient Peruvian Chavin culture was among the first ancient civilizations to use drugs, over 3,000 years ago.
According to researchers, over 3,000 years ago, ancient priests used architecture, psychoactive drugs and iconography to exert their control over the population.
Numerous historians believe that the Scythians smoked, and even brewed a potent mixture of cannabis and opium to alter their state of mind before going into battles.
According to the Daily Mail, Evidence of the use of drugs among the Scythians is found in texts written by Greek historian Herodotus, who wrote that: ‘Scythians used a plant to produce smoke that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass which made them shout aloud.’ The dig also led to the discovery of golden cups, rings, and neck rings. All the items have since been cleaned and put on display in a Russian museum. Antonn Gass, from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, in Berlin said: ‘These are among the finest objects we know from the region.’