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    Is Cannabis used for Seidh?

    Is there any documented evidence ie. historical sources that record the use of Cannabis whether smoked or eaten for shamanic purposes? Wikipedia says Cannabis flowers were associated with the goddess Freyja.. Wondering if there's any truth to this.. :

    Evidence of Cannabis among the cult of Bacchus/Dionysus was used and the Scythians (Indo-European?) used it for funerary purposes so it's not unheard of in the European world.. In the Vedas.. Soma juice, the favored beverage of the gods, are speculated to be a mixture of different ingredients including Cannabis though no direct evidence in the Vedas say it is Cannabis.. But my question is directed more towards the Germanic spectrum..

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    I think its safe to assume they were exposed to and aware of it, and if that holds true i think its safe to assume that some of them used it. Whether or not it was of religous or spiritual nature I wouldn't know. Probably a lot like today, different people use it for different reasaons, and a lot of people don't do it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veritas Aequitas View Post
    Is there any documented evidence ie. historical sources that record the use of Cannabis whether smoked or eaten for shamanic purposes? Wikipedia says Cannabis flowers were associated with the goddess Freyja.. Wondering if there's any truth to this.. :
    Well on an other forum someone quoted this :

    Christian Ratsch: Sacred Plants of Ancient Europe
    Here is an involved discussion of the botanical repertoire of the original pagan psychoactive-plant-loving European natives (of which Dr. Ratsch is certainly a respectable member). The talk begins by unshackling the suppressed facts about Cannabis as a native European sacred plant, moving through the trancing, hexing, ritual and aphrodisiac herbs of witchcraft and pre-Christian-era aboriginal religions. Dr. Ratsch gives a simple step-by-step kitchen recipe for making his beloved henbane beer, which he has revived from its origin. Pilsenkraut, or henbane, was the ancient source of Pilsner-type beer, before the enactment of the much-lauded German Beer Purity Laws prohibiting brews other than those made from hops, barley, water & yeast. Ratsch considers this to he the first anti-drug law, aimed by the Church at suppressing pagan home-brews with psychoactive properties!
    But I know very little about this Ratsch credentials. However I wouldn't advice it since :

    Since hemp and its bred byform, marijuana, is a testosterone reducer, and Freya is known to be fond of effeminate men, I can see the connection.
    Unless of course you want to become less manly.

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