Archaeologists Identify Traces of Burnt Cannabis in Ancient Jewish Shrine
Roughly 35 miles south of Jerusalem, in an archaeological site in the Negev desert known as Tel Arad, archaeologists excavating an ancient Jewish shrine have found traces of burnt cannabis and frankincense on a pair of limestone altars, reports Kristen Rogers of CNN.
1st high: Ancient Israelites at Biblical shrine used cannabis to spark ‘ecstasy’
“To induce a high you need the right temperature, and they clearly knew this well, just as they knew which fuel to use for each substance,” Namdar, of Israel’s Agricultural Research Organization–Volcani Center in Bet-Dagan, told the Haaretz daily.
TEMPLE INCENSE PREPARED IN ANCIENT ISRAEL COULD BE SMELLED UP TO 12 MILES AWAY
The fragrance was so sweet that, the Mishnah records, "from Jerico (12 miles away) they could smell the scent at the compounding of the incense." R. Eliezer ben Diglai said in another Mishnah passage, "My father's household had goats on the Mountain of Michvar (east of the Jordan River), and they used to sneeze from the odor of the compounding of the incense."
Approximately 200 grams (7 oz) of ground incense were put into a chalice and carried into the Holy Place. As the priest entered, he jangled the ring on the top of the chalice to ensure that "his sound was heard as he entered the holy area," according to the Mishnah.
Science paper: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03344355.2020.1732046