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Shemshemet: Cannabis in Ancient Egypt

CANNABIS CULTURE – Up until recent times, many Egyptologists, failed to acknowledge much of a role for cannabis in ancient Egypt beyond that of a source of fiber for ropes, but recent research identifying a plant in the Egyptian texts with fibrous and …

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Hashish and The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor

CANNABIS CULTURE. In the 19th and early 20th century, hashish played a prominent role in the occult scene, and was used in initiatory rites by certain secret societies, such as the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor was an…

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Cannabis in Jewish Magic and Alchemy

CANNABIS CULTURE. References to cannabis appear in both alchemical and magical manuscripts tied to Jewish culture, and this use was likely an extension of the Hebrew’s much more ancient relationship with the plant. Excerpted from Liber 420. Cannabis Ma…

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The Cannabis infused Wine of Dionysus?

CANNABIS CULTURE: Was Dionysus a God of Wine as well as Cannabis, and other Psychoactive plants? Dionysus was the ancient Greek God of Intoxication, and this has generally been assumed to have been limited to his obvious relationship with the Grape, bu…

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DŪḠ-EWAḤDAT the Beverage of Unity

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Islamic accounts refer to a potent hash oil preparation known as dūḡ-e waḥdat, which may be similar to the Zoroastrian mang/bhanga infusions which I discussed in an earlier article. Hash oil was prepared in the Islamic world by boil…