Artists may have often turned to drugs at times to help them find inspiration, but it seems cannabis has also played a role in preserving precious artworks within ancient caves in India.
A mixture of hemp, clay and lime plaster is responsible for preserving paintings and intricately carved scenes in the sacred Ellora Caves, which were hewn from rock 1,500 years ago.
This is because it regulates humidity and deters pesky insects, which have attacked older nearby artworks at the Ajanta Caves, which were built in the second century BC and lack cannabis fibres.
The oldest part of the Ellora Caves, lying northwest of the city of Aurangabad date to the 6th century and the newest parts, to the 11th century.
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