Was Moses High? Was the Original Eucharist Psychoactive? Studies Linking Religion and Drugs Gain Traction

Was the vision of the burning bush a psychedelic experience? Did use of drugs inform early Christianity? Scholars who linked the emergence of religion to altered states of consciousness once paid a heavy price, but that may be changing

Moses and the Burning Bush, a painting attributed to Dirk Bouts, circa 1450-1475.
Moses and the Burning Bush, a painting attributed to Dirk Bouts, circa 1450-1475.
Ido Hartogsohn
Ido Hartogsohn

Before religion, there was shamanism. Ask any scholar of religions and they’ll tell you that before institutionalized religions, humanity’s common form of spirituality was the spirituality of the shaman, the tribal healer, who employed a variety of techniques to achieve states of ecstasy and spiritual transcendence.