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Seeking to identify the plant origins of the early sacramental beverages Soma and Haoma, this study draws a connection between the psychoactive properties of these drinks and the widespread use of cannabis among Indo-Europeans during this time. Exploring the role of these libations as inspiration for the Indian Rig Veda and the Persian Avestan texts, this examination discusses the spread of cannabis use across Europe and Asia, the origins of the Soma and Haoma cults, and the shamanic origins of modern religion.

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"Scholarly, hip, witty, and extremely well documented . . . this book might cause a revolution in biblical studies!"  —Robert Anton Wilson, author, Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy



"This book is fanscinating! There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion . . . there is no way that so important a plant as a fiber source for textiles and nutritive oils and one so easy to grow would have gone unnoticed, and the mere harvesting of it would have induced an entheogenic reaction."  —Carp P. Ruck, professor, Boston University

"Every cannabis aficionado, patient, and advocate will find something of great value in Chris Bennett's Cannabis and the Soma Solution. The great Jack Herer laid the foundation of our understanding of the foolishness of cannabis prohibition in its modern form: Chris Bennett has performed an invaluable service by proving once and for all that the oldest and greatest spiritual sacrament in human history is cannabis use." —Treating Yourself (November 2011)

"It is a volume that must be read by every scholar who works in the field of biblical studies, world religions, psycho-spirituality, or the history of the paranormal as friend and familiar." —J. Harold Ellens, PhD, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity of the Claremont Graduate School

"I have read Mr. Bennett’s several books on this subject and am in general agreement with what he states, especially about the extent to which the Vedic hallucinogen Soma was probably made from cannabis. Indeed, his research has changed my own thinking about this ancient conundrum (heretofore, the majority of scholars have suggested that Soma was prepared from psychotropic mushrooms) . . . . In short, I heartily recommend Bennett’s book to anyone seeking a better understanding of this well-nigh universal, albeit all too often misunderstood hallucinogen and its crucial role in the history of human spirituality." —C. Scott Littleton, Ph.D., Emeritus professor of Anthropology, Occidental College

"I’ve enjoyed this book immensely—a masterful investigation of religious intoxication cults from ancient India, Persia, Asia Minor, Scythia, and Europe. Refuting R. Gordon Wasson’s theory that Soma of the Vedas was Amanita muscaria mushrooms, Bennett shows that Soma was probably a mixture of cannabis, ephedra and poppy (confirmed by Sarianidi’s archaeological discoveries in Bactria), and he traces the uses of cannabis as a sacrament through many ancient cultures. This is a must-read for everyone interested in the ancient history of drugs." —Michael R. Aldrich Ph.D., author, Marijuana Myths and Folklore

"With no left turn un-stoned, this wonderful book - so full of detail, passion and thorough historical exploration - describes the fascinating journey the humble weed has woven through human civilization to bring us it’s enlightenment, color and culture." —Dr. Ben Sessa, author, The Psychedelic Renaissance: Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society and To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic

"Chris Bennett assembles religious, historical, medical and poetic sources with immaculate ease, in order to construct what is sure to be an enduring examination of the global history of cannabis use by widely diverse human populations." —Dr. David C.A. Hillman, author, The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization

"If you are interested in the history of the Indo-Europeans, the history and identification of soma / haoma, or the history of cannabis as a hallucinogen, you owe it to yourself to read Chris Bennett's substantial tome." —Victor H. Mair, Professor, Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

"A treasure trove of up-to-date ancient information on cannabis. Highly recommended to round out your library on religious uses of psychoactive drugs." —Julie Holland, M.D., editor, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis 

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