Where Does Weed Come From? A New Study Suggests East Asia.

By Mike Ives

Here’s one to ponder: Where did the weed come from? No, not where it was bought, but where and when was the plant first domesticated?

Many botanists believe that the cannabis sativa plant was first domesticated in Central Asia. But a new study published on Friday in the journal Science Advances suggests that East Asia is the more likely source, and that all existing strains of the plant come from an “ancestral gene pool” represented by wild and cultivated varieties growing in China today.

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