Researchers say cannabis used in ancient Israelite shrine

  • The site was discovered more than 50 years ago but new analysis of unidentified organic material on the limestone altar yielded the surprising result.
  • The ancient Israelites may have used cannabis to get high as part of their religious ritual, according to Israeli researchers who found residue of the drug at a nearly 3,000-year-old shrine.
  • Archaeologist Eran Arie, who led the research project on behalf of the Israel Museum and Israel’s Volcani Institute, said the material contained traces of cannabis and animal dung, likely used to help the plant burn.

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