Siberian "Ice Maiden" Used Cannabis to Ease Pain from Cancer

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Siberian "Ice Maiden" Used Cannabis to Ease Pain from Cancer

When the extremely well preserved body of a 2,500-year-old “ice maiden” was uncovered in Siberia in 1993, archaeologists found a container of cannabis buried with the body. It’s taken until now to figure out how the ice maiden met her demise—autopsy shows evidence of breast cancer and a bad fall (probably from a horse), which has scientists believing that the woman was using cannabis to medicate her pain.

The woman is believed to have been in her 20s when she died back in the 5th Century B.C. Her body was discovered so well preserved that the tattoos that cover her body are still entirely visible and mostly intact.

Archaeologist Natalya Polosmak wrote in the journal Science First Hand, “It is likely that for this sick woman, the regular inhalation of cannabis smoke was a necessity.”

Cheers to the OG medical marijuana patient.