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Cannabis residue found in ancient Jewish temple links hallucinogens with religion

Archaeologists say find at Israeli excavation offers first proof of mind-altering substances being used in Judaism

Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artefacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion.

In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an eighth-century BC shrine at Tel Arad offers the first proof for the use of mind-altering substances as part of cultic rituals in Judah, including the first Jewish Temple that stood in Jerusalem at the same time.

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