(ORDO NEWS) — Thanks to the new discovery, scientists will be able to learn more about how the ancient Mayan civilization used a variety of plants for treatment.
Experts from Washington found that 14 small ceramic vessels contain erect marigolds. The vessels were hidden over a millennium ago on the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition, there were specific chemical traces in the medicines, which can be obtained from only two types of dried tobacco, namely Nicotiana tabacum and N. rustica. Mario Zimmermann and his colleagues believe that the Maya mixed tobacco with marigolds to make the resulting mixture much more pleasant to smoke.
The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports. Due to this discovery, specialists will be able to further investigate in more detail what psychoactive or non-psychoactive Maya plants were used for smoking, treatment and other purposes.
It is worth noting that earlier only traces of nicotine, caffeine, anabasine and some others could be found in the discovered smoking pipes. This made it possible to determine what kind of tobacco the Maya used. The new discovery will help determine what non-tobacco materials were added to smoking blends.
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