Chris Bennett is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of cannabis, having written dozens of articles in Cannabis Culture, High Times, and other magazines as well as three books dealing with the subject; Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion (Access Unlimited, 1995), Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (Forbidden Fruit Publishing, 2001) and Cannabis and the Soma Solution (TrineDay, 2010).
Bennett has identified evidence for a religious role for cannabis in a variety of ancient and modern religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, but his work regarding evidence in the Bible regarding the use of cannabis by both the ancient Jews and Christians has received the most attention.
In 1990 Bennett experienced a religious epiphany that cannabis was the Tree of Life as described in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation (22.2), and shortly after that he joined Hamilton Ontario’s church of the Universe (www.iamm.com) a group which formed in 1969 and which also recognized cannabis as the Tree of Life.
News stories, reviews and the introduction for Bennett’s book on the Biblical references to cannabis can be found at http://www.forbiddenfruitpublishing.com/SexDrugs/Book
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