Earliest Proof of Ritual Hashish Found in 2,700 Yr Previous Jewish Temple – firebird-cbdoil
Israeli scientists have discovered that burned substances discovered in a 2,700-year-old Jewish temple were indeed cannabis that contained enough THC to set someone on fire.
On Thursday, archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv published their study results in the journal of the Institute of Archeology at the University of Tel Aviv.
Archaeologists first discovered the weed test at the Tel Arad site in the 1960s when the first excavations on the “fortress site” began. Archaeologists found "round piles of black solidified organic matter" in the centers of two wells on two limestone altars, indicating that the burnt material was used for religious ceremonies. The samples that had been in the arid desert for millennia had been well preserved by the environment.
Chemists carried out laboratory tests with the residues as early as the 1960s, but the results were "inconclusive". The tests only confirmed that the residues contained no animal fat, which was often burned as a ritual sacrifice by old priests.
However, a new test round, which was confirmed by two independent laboratories, revealed that the material was cannabis. The samples contained significant amounts of THC, CBD and CBN. In addition, religious practitioners at the Tel Arad Shrine mixed cannabis with animal manure, presumably to slow down the weed burn rate. In other words, if someone was roasted by this ceremonial weed burn, it wasn't through a pipe. Rather, they inhaled the smoke as it burned the altars, one of the first instances of what we would call "hot boxing" today.
"It seems feasible that cannabis use on the Arad Altar deliberately played a psychoactive role," the researchers wrote. "Cannabis smells are not appealing and do not justify bringing the inflorescences from a distance."
Cannabis smells may not appeal to some people, but we can probably all agree that mixing weeds with dookie definitely doesn't make you hungry. However, this latest discovery has tremendous impacts not only on our historical understanding of cannabis use, but on all of human history.
"The discovery of cannabis on the smaller altar was a surprise," the researchers wrote. “Arad provides the earliest evidence of cannabis use in the old Middle East. Hallucinogenic substances are known from various neighboring cultures, but this is the first known evidence of hallucinogenic substances [s] that was found in the Kingdom of Judah. "
Archaeologists now believe that they could find even more evidence that the ancient Jewish people, dating back to the Iron Age, set fire to cannabis bowls. They found that unidentified "charred" plant material found at another biblical archaeological site, Khirbet el-Mudēyine, could also be cannabis. However, further chemical tests are required first.
Some scientists suspect that the Hebrew word kaneh bosem is translated into cannabis. "Cannabis" probably comes from the nomadic Scythians, although the Scythian term may have been derived from the earlier Indo-Iranian word qunubu. Why is that important? Kaneh Bosem may have been an ingredient in holy anointing oil that the Lord himself gave Moses.
Claims that Kanna Bosem is a weed largely depend on how Bible scholars have long translated the word. For most of modern history, it is translated in versions of the Tanakh or Old Testament as "Calamus", a wetland flower. And while the Tel Aviv University study doesn't prove Kaneh Bosem was really cannabis, its analysis could serve as partial evidence in the case of weed lawyers.
Before the latest findings from the University of Tel Aviv, the earliest known use of weeds in religious ceremonies was discovered only last year. This discovery, based on samples kept in the Jirzankal Cemetery, suggested that people living in an area between China, India, Pakistan, and Tajikistan not only burned cannabis for religious purposes, but probably cannabis specifically for higher purposes also bred and cultivated THC content. Scientists estimated that the samples in the Jirzankal cemetery were around 2,500 years old.
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