LDN Talks: Drugs and The Bible

Getting High with the Most High: Drugs in the Bible

“Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; cane and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and agarwood, with all the chief spices.” – Song of Solomon, 4:13-14

Nearly all of the plants listed in the paradisiacal garden above contain psychoactive compounds known to psychopharmacology. The ancient Hebrews were adept at working with synergies and enzyme-inhibition to unleash powerful psychedelic experiences, as is evidenced by the recipe for the Holy Massage Oil described in Exodus. Other mind-bending preparations include the shewbread that satisfies at tiny doses, and the Tabernacle Incense containing opioid-receptor and GABA-receptor agonists, dopamine boosters and other curious chemicals.

Then there is the collective synaesthetic vision at Mount Sinai, which is one of a very few collective visions found in world mythology. It takes place under the influence of manna. But what is manna?

In this talk that has been given at Trinity College Dublin, at Greenwich University and in Beyond Psychedelics in Prague, the irreverent Reverend Danny Nemu will be dishing out doses of the sacraments with messianic abandon.

Venue: Number 177 Bar & Kitchen, Hoxton

Doors: 7.00pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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