Psychoactive Plants in the Bible

Christianity was founded on the use of religious plants of psychoactive effects. The use of these drugs on religious experiences made Christianity so viral. Jesus had a military-like camp ground which he erected where ever he stayed. The “Tabernacle”, he dubbed it, was a tent like structure Jesus used for psychological warfare. Inside was a complex mind altering system he dubbed the word of god. This led to his victory in Jerusalem and the creation of first christian church “solomon’s temple”. Jesus can credit his complex use of plant derived drugs for his holy miracles and religious experiences.

Holy Anointing Oil

Exodus 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head and anoint him.

The holy anointing oil is an intoxicating oil extract. The 18 kg of plant material that is dissolved into 3.7 liters of olive oil yields a potent essential oil. The transdermal application of the Holy Oil 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.

“ Holy Anointing Oil Exodus 30:22-25:

Pure myrrh, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)

Sweet cinnamon, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)

Calamus, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)

Cassia, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)

Olive oil, one hin (3.7 Liters)”

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a perfect transdermal carrier for drugs due to its specific fatty acid content.[4] This means that it can cause drug effects from simply rubbing on your skin. The amount of oil used in the holy anointing oil makes it extremely potent requiring little oil for effect.


Myrrh is a resin that is used widely in the bible. Myrrh contains the terpenes furanoeudesma-1,3-diene and curzarene which are Mu-opioid agonists.[11] This means that inhaling or absorbing myrrh incense can cause a drug reaction similar to painkillers like morphine.


Calamus is a root that has been widely used as a plant medicine. This plant is known to cause intoxications, but the chemical responsible is yet to be determined.[12] Calamus contains a cannabinoid allorestic modulator as well as other psychoactive phytochemicals.[3] Essentially this would regulate the effect marijuana would have on the brain, in a potential anti-stoned effect. This in turn, could cause someone partaking in an ancient hindu festival of drinking bhang (cannabis tea) to return to a normal state of mind.

Calamus contains many different active chemicals. Beta-asarone is a sedative and tranquilizer that is present at 2,000 – 48,000 ppm in calamus. It has been suggested as a hallucinogen but hasn’t been proven.[12] Isoeugenol is also a sedative being present at 228 – 12,510 ppm. Alpha-asarone is also a sedative present at 132 – 6,500 ppm.

Elemicin is a strong hallucinogen present at 10 – 650 ppm. A minimum of 155 grams of calamus root is needed to produce an effect from Elemicin. Alpha-pinene is a perfume and sedative present at 280 ppm.[18] The holy anointing oil extract contains a potent amount of this plant.[15]

Sweet cinnamon

Sweet cinnamon contains linalool as well as Methyl Chavicol. Linalool acts as an anxiolytic.[17] Methyl Chavicol has been shown to alter rats behavior in a similar manner to other hallucinogens.[16]


Cassia contains similar compounds as sweet cinnamon. Cassia contains a higher percentage of cinnamic aldehyde. Cassia’s main difference from sweet cinnamon is the abundance of a compound called coumarin. When eaten, this compound would lower appetite and could cause liver damage causing metabolic changes to ingested compounds.

“Leviticus 10:6. Do not… tear your clothes, lest you die [also] and lest God’s wrath should come upon all the congregation;

10:7 And you shall not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle), lest you die, for the Lord’s anointing oil is upon you. And they did according to Moses’ word.”

These properties explain biblical quotes of the oil being upon you. The “intoxicant” effects are thus the lord. Essentially Leviticus 10:6 is saying that if you have a bad trip, you will have distress inside, equivalent to death.

The rules of keeping your clothes on and intact as well as staying inside are given to prevent such a bad trip. If you get anxiety, others will too, especially in a psychological setting. This oil would be used in mass quantities and rubbed over every part of the tabernacle. The tabernacle must have smelled from a distance in the desert.


Exodus 16 14,31 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness 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.

“John 6:31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.”

Exodus 12:19-20 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they harkened not unto Moses, but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating. and when the sun waxed hot it melted…”

Terrence Mckenna suggested that this was the exact description of psilocybin containing mushrooms. Manna was even found in the morning dew which was perfect for mushroom growth. Magic mushrooms can cause hallucinations and emotional experiences. The ‘Presence’ of the lord was really a personification of the effects of the mushrooms.

One study showed that mushrooms were considered by the users as one of their top 5 most spiritually significant events of their lives.[19] These mushrooms grow naturally in Israel. If the Israelites were living off bread made of magic mushrooms, they would eventually stop having hallucinations and it would serve as purely food.

Holy Incense

Exodus 30:34 And the Lord said unto Moses, “Take unto thee sweet spices: stacte and onycha and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense, of each shall there be a like weight. 37 And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make it for yourselves according to the composition thereof; it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.

Galbanum contains 3-pinene which is a gaba agonist. Inhalation would cause anti-anxiety effects which would cause similar effects as Xanax or alcohol.

Frankincense is an incense that contains a chemical called incensole acetate. It causes a decrease in anxiety and has synergism with Galbanum. It is a gaba agonist with similar effects as alcohol or xanax.[2][5][6]

This incense would be a relaxant and would lower anxiety. The large plums of smoke would make it easy to be affected by its composition. The bible said for the Holy incense to never stop burning making it seem that they used large amounts of materials. This would make people always around it adhere to their duties due to the feedback the Holy Incense causes.

God in the Burning Bush

Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

Acacia is a tree with bark that contains DMT and DMT derivatives. DMT is one of the strongest hallucinogens known to man. When combined with an MAOI chemical, DMT becomes highly orally active. Acacia is used widely in the bible as being part of the ark of the covenant as well as part of the tabernacle. Syrian Rue is a bush that contains potent MAOI chemicals. It grows in the area the bible takes place.

The total dose that would be needed for moses to trip would be 6 grams of acacia wood and 3 grams of syrian rue. If moses had a drink such as wine that was stored in acacia wood barrels he would ingest a high enough dose of DMT. If he just ate a handful of syrian rue seeds within 30 minutes, effects would ensue.

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.

***These biblical quotes are those of bliss. To proclaim these as bliss is like describing a psychoactive effect EVERYONE will have to. This makes it a true word of nature or god.

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.[7][8] Spikenard is thus synergistic with many other sedatives in the bible and would cause anti-depressant and relaxant effects.

Saffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower. It is the most expensive spice by weight. Its effects on the human body come at low doses. It is shown to be an anti-depressant in humans.[1] This is caused by saffron’s effect on the gaba receptors.[13][9] These effects would be similar to taking an anti-anxiety drug such as Xanax which is similar to alcohol.

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Saffron flower with red stigmas- Klearchos Kapoutsis

Other drug plants in the bible

Ecclesiastes 9:7 “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do”.

Wine contains alcohol which is currently the most commonly used intoxicant. Some biblical quotes claim drinking to be unholy while others suggest that it isn’t wrong unless it changes who you are.

Zechariah 1:10And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.”

Myrtus communis contains anxiolytic effects.[10] In one study, the effects of the essential oil were stronger than the actual anxiolytic drug it was compared to.

1 Kings 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

Juniper fruit contains 530-9200 ppm alpha pinene which is a sedative. The fruit also contains limonene and myrcene which also act as sedatives.[14]

Juniper tree on a foggy autumn day - Wacholder an einem nebligen Herbsttag - Wacholderhain Haselünne, Germany

Juniper tree on a foggy autumn day – Wacholder an einem nebligen Herbsttag – Wacholderhain Haselünne, Germany

Lamentations 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.

Wormwood is a plant that contains thujone. One of the main components of the drink absinthe. Effects of eating are hallucinationsand seizures. Too much can cause death.

Genesis 30:15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”

Mandrake is a plant that contains atropine, scopolamine, apoatropine, and hyoscyamine which cause hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. If too much is ingested it can cause death. These compounds are responsible for the drug effects witches would endure. They would produce their “flying ointments” and rub on a soaked broom stick to hallucinate. In non-lethal doses it is an overwhelming deliriant.

Jesus healing people

Matthew 4:24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Jesus healed with holy means. He healed the blind, possessed, epileptic, bleeding, paralyzed and many others. Much of this healing was used as a way to prove to the people that Jesus was in fact the son of god. Jesus used his holy anointing oil as well as his holy perfume to achieve some healing traits.

Epileptic people were easily healed by a dose of either the holy perfume or the holy anointing oil. The sedatives contained in them would cause their neurons to decrease excitation.

The blind people were somewhat healed by the hallucinogenic nature of the holy anointing oil. Psychedelic effects can cause people to see things with their eyes even if they are blind. Other healing aspects could be due to the hallucinogenic effects the holy anointing oil caused.

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Cave system the dead sea scrolls were found in- Lux Moundi


Jesus had powers no other man had. Using plant derived drugs was one of his methods to heal and perform miracles. Jesus became accepted as the son of god due to his reputation of his special psychedelic powers.

Psychoactive warfare is the act of changing a culture, or a state, through drug response vulnerabilities of the people. People in biblical times were unable to understand drugs and their prevalence in nature. This confusion allowed their ideology to become a simply mold for psychological change.

The Tabernacle was a site of religious injection into society. The camp full of people which would surround the tabernacle was the genesis of a new mutation of society. With positive intent came benefits to the society. Christianity didn’t just thrive because of a ‘magic trick’. It gave the society an edge over others because it reduced evil that couldn’t be controlled through laws. Jesus led the way for the evolution of society.


[Photo] Tabernacle- Wikimedia

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[12] asaron to asaronaldehyde from peppered food(enzyme reverse reaction?))