Liber 420 : Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult
by Chris Bennett
Editor: Trine Day
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Although little known, cannabis and other psychoactive plants held a large important role in the occult arts of alchemy and magic, as well as being used in the ritual of initiation of certain secret societiesDiscover the important role cannabis played in helping to develop modern drugs through alchemical worksCannabis played an essential role in spagyric alchemy, and appears in the works of alchemists such as Zosima, Avicenna, Lulle, Paracelsus, Cardano and Rabelais.The Cannabis also played a central role in the medieval city and renaissance, magic and recipes with instructions for its use appear in a number of influential and important grimoires such as the Picatrix, Sepher Raxiel: Liber Salomonis, and The Book of OberonCould cannabis be the Holy GrailWith detailed historical references, the author explores the allegations that the Knights Templar were influenced by hashish ingesting Assassins from medieval Islam, and that the myths of the Grail are derived from Persian traditions around the sacred drink known as the haoma, which was a preparation based on cannabis, opium and other drugsMany of the works studied have never been translated into English or published in centuries.The unprecedented research in this volume makes a classic perennial on topics of both medieval and renaissance, the history of cannabis, as well as the role of plants in magic and occultism and traditions.
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