Israeli architects have discovered cannabis residue in a shrine dating to the eighth century BC. It represents the first proof of mind altering substances used in the ancient Jewish religion.
- The deposits come from two limestone altars unearthed decades ago at a complex about 35 miles south of Jerusalem.
- Researchers had long struggled to determine the materials’ chemical composition. One altar contained traces of THC, the other traces of frankincense.
- The absence of cannabis pollen and seeds in the area suggests the practitioners imported it, possibly in the form of hash.