Cannabis Sativa | Indica | Ruderilis

There are few plants which have their histories so intertwined with ours.

Any discussion of entheogens would be incomplete without at least mentioning the fact that cannabis has been used shamanically and religiously in various times and places. There are so few plants that have their histories so intertwined with ours. The Chinese trace 5000 years of history with the plant, which was equally important to the ancient Egyptians as 4000-year-old samples have been found in the ancient ruins and in ancient Thebes we know that it was the main component to an opiate-like drink. The Scythians grew cannabis 3000 years ago and made steam baths with the smoke. Three-thousand-year old Indian medical texts mention it and it continues to have religious significance in India today. In the New World it is generally smoked. In North Africa and Western Asis hashish is the primary form. Three forms exist in India; Bhang - a milk-like drink; Charas - resin smoked or eaten and Ganja, the flowering tops. Current research is examining its use among the ancient Hebrews as both an entheogenic incense and a medicine.

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