We know this sacred plant by many names.
Cannabis hails from the Central and South Asia, the land of the Himalayas, and carries with it sacred ceremony and story.
In the Vedas, Cannabis was held sacred by Lord Shiva, who laid in a field of cannabis, ate its leaves, and declared it as his favorite food.
For thousands of years, cultures all over the world have communed with Cannabis in ritual, to enter trance states, aid with meditation, and open up communication.
Over the millenia, Cannabis evolved alongside humans so closely that her scent mimics that of human pheromones.
So closely that we have cannabinoid receptors (cannabinoids being the active constituents in Cannabis, such as THC and CBD) throughout our entire body.
Beyond the profound magical effects, the seeds provide a whole protein, the leaves are packed with vitamins and minerals, and the fibers offer us textiles as well.
The flower buds which alter our consciousness, though, are distinctly female. And just like other wise women and witches and healers and feminine folk, as the era of patriarchy took hold, she too was persecuted and prostituted.
Shame and paranoia, and fear weighed down what was once an exalted and celebrated teacher.
Now, we find ourselves in a magical renaissance. So too has Cannabis enjoyed a revival amongst the people.Read More