Puff, Puff, Paint (Cannabis, Canvas & Rocky the Cancer Fighter)

CANNABIS CULTURE – Pristine lakes, gentle waterfalls, sun-kissed mountain tops, and thriving conifers are some of the natural beauty that shine out through the work of painter, Rocky, from Denver, Colorado. Rocky’s chooses bright colors for his palette…

Generation Legal (Talking to Your Kids About Cannabis)

CANNABIS CULTURE – In a town of less than 15,000 people, I now have access to 11 liquor stores, 3 cannabis stores, and tobacco is sold at every corner store.  Living in Alberta, when my children turn 18 they will have unlimited access to all of these. …

Ancient Judaic Use of Cannabis for Shamanic Ecstasy Verified by Archeological Evidence

For more than a quarter century, I have been writing about a theorized role of cannabis in ancient Judaic temple worship. Cannabis Culture published one of my first articles on this in 1996, Kaneh Bosm: Cannabis in the Old Testament. Many disputed thes…

Why is Cannabis Still Illegal in the UK?

CANNABIS CULTURE – There was a moment in cannabis history where it could be argued that the UK was ahead of the US! This has nothing to do with the UK supposedly being the world’s largest exporter of medicinal cannabis, this goes way back to 2001 when …

Dr. Francois Lallemand and the Prophecies of ‘Le Hachych’

CANNABIS CULTURE – The 19th century French Physician Francois Lallemand (1790-1854) was one of the first people in France to write about his experiences with hashish in Asia. Lallemand submitted a thesis on the subject for the Doctor of Medicine degree…

Dante’s Hashish Infused Shamanic Journey?

Dante’s Divine Comedy (1321) is one of the pioneering classics of Western literature. The archetypes and symbolism of Dante’s narrated journey through heaven and Hell has lefts its mark even on those who have not read the book or are unaware of Dante. …

Haoma and Harmaline: A Critical Analysis

CANNABIS CULTURE – Just as the identification of the Fly agaric mushroom as Soma has been widely accepted, the Harmaline containing plant Syrian rue has come to be identified with the Persian Haoma, and this is largely due to the exhaustive work of Dav…

‘Secret Drugs of Buddhism’, Soma, and the Sad State of Entheogenic Anthropology

CANNABIS CULTURE – In Secret Drugs of Buddhism, Mike Crowley claims the covert survival of the Vedic Soma tradition in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other use of psychedelic mushrooms. But is Crowley’s research credible?  Moreover, there i…

A Rebuttal to Criticisms of The Cannabis Soma Theory in Secret Drugs of Buddhism by Mike Crowley

CANNABIS CULTURE – In this article, part 4 in a series on the identity of the ancient Vedic and Avestan sacraments soma and haoma,  I will address some recent despairing criticisms of The Cannabis Soma Theory As it was laid out in my 2010 book Cannabis…

The Mushroom Soma Theory: A Critical Analysis

CANNABIS CULTURE – Undoubtedly, currently the most popular candidate for Soma has been the Amanita muscaria mushroom, which, with its bright red speckled cap, and this association, has become something of a generic symbol for psychedelics, and psychede…