Cannabis Was First Domesticated in East Asia 12,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds

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An analysis of 110 different cannabis genomes has revealed that the native people of modern-day China started cultivating cannabis around 10,000 BCE.

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Humans have been domesticating cannabis plants to use as medicine, fiber, and food for at least 12,000 years, researchers have recently discovered. 

This new research, recently published in the Science Advances journal, has traced the genetic roots of current cannabis cultivars back to ancient plants that originally grew wild in East Asia. A global team of researchers spent four years collecting 110 different cannabis varieties from around the world and used them to sequence 82 new cannabis genomes. 


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