Cannabis Was Used in Ancient Israelite Rituals, Analysis Finds

The use of cannabis in Native American and rastafarian ceremonies is well known. But a new discovery in Israel suggests the plant may have had a place in ancient Judaism as well.

Analysis of material from two alters discovered at Tel Arad in 1963 has revealed the presence of cannabis and frankincense, according to a study published in the Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University

“We know from all around the Ancient Near East and around the world that many cultures used hallucinogenic materials and ingredients in order to get into some kind of religious ecstasy," said the study’s lead author Eran Arie. "We never thought about Judah taking part in these cultic practices. The fact that we found cannabis in an official cult place of Judah says something new about the cult of Judah.”

Read more about the findings here.


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