Category Archives: A&E Classics

Shemshemet: Cannabis in Ancient Egypt

CANNABIS CULTURE – Up until recent times, many Egyptologists, failed to acknowledge much of a role for cannabis in ancient Egypt beyond that of a source of fiber for ropes, but recent research identifying a plant in the Egyptian texts with fibrous and medicinal properties, as well as edible seeds, under the name shemshemet, or […]

Cannabis in Jewish Magic and Alchemy

CANNABIS CULTURE. References to cannabis appear in both alchemical and magical manuscripts tied to Jewish culture, and this use was likely an extension of the Hebrew’s much more ancient relationship with the plant. Excerpted from Liber 420. Cannabis Magic in Ancient Israel? The potential role of cannabis in the origins of the Jewish religion, is something […]

Playboy Documentary About Mickey—The Pope of Dope—Cesar is Joyful, And Leaves Us Wanting More

CANNABIS CULTURE –  “There are certain figures in the history of marijuana that loom large—that no one is aware of. I want to make sure that they are not forgotten,” says Nico Ponce de Leon Dios, Co-Founder of Foxy and Executive Producer of the short film, The Pope Of Dope: The Story of NYC’s First […]

The Cannabis infused Wine of Dionysus?

CANNABIS CULTURE: Was Dionysus a God of Wine as well as Cannabis, and other Psychoactive plants? Dionysus was the ancient Greek God of Intoxication, and this has generally been assumed to have been limited to his obvious relationship with the Grape, but could cannabis and other additives have played a role as well? This article […]

Vancouver’s Cannabis Substitution Project Vows to Fight on Despite Police Order

CANNABIS CULTURE – Neil Magnuson has been evicted, raided, arrested and just generally persecuted by the Vancouver Police Department. Now the VPD have threatened to impound his vehicle.  Why? Magnuson provides help and support to people fighting drug addictions in the Downtown East Side (DTES). BUT he does this without a license. Magnuson is The […]

Nepenthe, A Cannabis Infused Wine for Grief?

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Nepenthe was an ancient herbal infused wine, that appears in Homer’s famous tale The Odyssey. Its use to quell grief in a funerary setting has caused many researchers to identify it with cannabis. The Odyssey of Homer (9th-8th century BC) describes the Nepenthes which came to the Greeks from Egyptian Thebes: “Then […]

The Syndicate: Podcast Exposes Biggest Black Market Pot Bust in US History

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Skydiving drug smugglers, a multimillion-dollar empire, massive warehouses and more — and all right under the nose of the Feds.  Sound exciting?  Chris Walker thought so, and his following of the story, that of a group now referred to as “The Syndicate” in Colorado, has led to an award-winning podcast by the […]

Auto-Farmer Grows Good Times (But the Rulebook is Tough to Dig Into)

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Growing up I board games were my jam. Whether is was your typical game of life or even a campaign in D & D at the local comic book store, I spent lots of time trying different styles of games. I was delighted to try out Auto Farmer a Card/Dice game where […]