A Guide To Psychoactive Plants In The Bible

burning_bushSuppose Christians took a closer look at what their holy book is truly discussing? NeuroBrainstorm looks at a wide range of biblically-key plants with mind-altering properties:

Holy Anointing Oil – (Leviticus 10:6) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. (Exodus 29:7) Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head and anoint him.

The holy anointing oil is a potent psychedelic extract…essentially an anxiolytic-hallucinogen. The transdermal application of it led to its absorption and psychoactive effects, even in extremely low doses. The bible suggests anointing with a large amount of oil possibly to ensure a psychedelic response.

Manna – (Exodus 16 14, 31) Behold…there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Manna was a holy food that was white and brown, circle shaped, and would appear in the morning dew. The Israelites would live off it when traveling from village to village. Once they got near a village, it would disappear. Terrence Mckenna suggested that this was the exact description of psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

(Song of Songs 4:13-15) Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.

Spikenard, also called nard, is an anxiolytic and nootropic. Jesus was anointed with a big jar of spikenard. Spikenard increases gaba as well as serotonin in the brain. Saffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower. It is shown to be an anti-depressant in humans.

Read the rest at NeuroBrainstorm.

14 Comments on "A Guide To Psychoactive Plants In The Bible"

  1. But I can’t always find the time to enjoy more.

  2. Simon Valentine | Feb 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

    The Great Flood is real … it was caused by giant alien space guns shooting terraforming signals at earth. Herp-u-Derp.

  3. constantine | Feb 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

    The first bit comes from John 12, not Leviticus.

  4. trompe l'oiel | Feb 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm |

    Characters in the Bible used drugs? Unbelievable.

  5. You have something wrong in your attributions. Check your source again. The Leviticus text refers to Moses and Aaron, not Jesus and Mary. The text you show apparently came from John 12:3.

    • I noticed the same. Click on the link to the article, though, and it appears correctly.

      • Yes, the article on neurobrainstorm has it right, but it’s not correct on this page.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Feb 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm |

    I’ve long suspected that
    you have to be trippin to buy into the bible stories

    when MM doesed Jesus by washing his feet
    her sister Martha complained MM wasn’t helping prepare the meal
    butt Jesus declared the MM had chosen the better thing to do
    now I know why

  7. Micsescu Raul | Feb 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm |

    how come jesus is in leviticus? doesn’t sound right.

  8. A few of these are a real stretch (e.g. the myrtle trees). But many are still used as described. In fact, you can buy most of them:


    Don’t tell DEA.

  9. Psilocybin mushrooms taste like honey? Please, they taste terrible.

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