Host Simon Spungin, archaeology correspondent Ariel David and science editor Ruth Schuster discuss the startling revelation that ancient Israelites used cannabis in their religious ceremonies almost 3,000 years ago.
LISTEN: High priests, holy smoke and cannabis in the Temple
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What does this tell us about the cultic practices of the time? When and why did the Israelites stop using psychotropic substances? And what might Judaism have looked like if cannabis had remained part of the ritual?
We also discuss the challenges and opportunities facing archaeologists working in Israel and Palestine and hear about an Israeli company marketing a bizarre product to evangelical Christians: locust-based snacks.