Archaeology news: Cannabis use discovered in ancient Jewish temple

  • The discovery of cannabis resin on one of the altars at the Arad Shrine suggests that an ancient Biblical tribe from Israel used marijuana during rituals.
  • The shrine on which the cannabis was discovered dates back to the eighth century BC, and it is the first proof that mind-altering substances were used for cultic rituals in Judah, including the first Jewish Temple.
  • ” The frequent use of hallucinogenic materials for cultic purposes in the Ancient Near East and beyond is well known and goes back as early as prehistoric periods.
  • ” Hallucinogenic substances are known from various neighboring cultures, but this is the first known evidence of hallucinogenic substance found in the Kingdom of Judah.

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