The Quest for an Ancient Culture’s Cannabis-Filled Cooking

A scientific drawing of a cannabis sativa plant, as depicted in Khler's Medicinal Plants.
A scientific drawing of a cannabis sativa plant, as depicted in Köhler’s Medicinal Plants. Public Domain

Khachapuri, the cheese bread native to Georgia, is a regional staple. But a local rumor holds that the Svans—an ancient community living in the highest settlements of the Caucasus—eat a fragrant, weed-filled iteration. From the moment a Georgian friend told me about this elusive dish, I couldn’t stop thinking about it—I wondered what it tasted like, whether anyone still made it—and, naturally, whether or not it would get me stoned.

Nobody seemed to know if this yarn was true or not. Some of my friends in Tbilisi speculated that weed-based dishes would’ve

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