So I’ve been talking to the BBC…

I recently recieved an email from the BBC, who are planning a three part series about the history of cannabis, and contacted me in regards to ancient and religious use.

BBC would love your advice Chris

Dear Chris Bennett,

I am writing from BBC television in the UK. We are developing a three part series about cannabis use and it’s history worldwide. I see that you are an expert in the history of cannabis, particularly in it’s cultural and spiritual usage.

I am fascinated by this. I am eager to have a chat with you about your work and would appreciate your guidance and advice on this topic. In particular, I am interested in cannabis usage in Asia and the Middle East – particularly in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan. The links with Shiva in Hinduism are interesting, but I’m also fascinated by Islam’s relationship with cannabis, particularly the Sufis.

More than anything – I’d like your guidance on what you think is most interesting or filmable after all of your research on the subject.

Please let me know the best number for me to call you on and when would be convenient to speak. I’d love to do this as soon as possible, preferably tomorrow (Thursday).

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

I look forward to your reply.

Best wishes

Since then I have had further correspondence with them, and sent them my last book Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible and the forthcoming Cannabis and the Soma Solution.

They have tenative plans to visit here, the States, and after our conversation, attend the Kumbh Mela in India, a huge chillum fueld gathering of ganja using Sadhus. I will keep everyone posted as things develop – but it should be noted, sometimes such projects don’t pan out and this is just in the pre-filming stages.

Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in the spiritual life of humanity for more than a quarter of a century. He is co-author of Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion (1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution (2010); and Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal herbs and the Occult (2018) . He has also contributed chapters on the the historical role of cannabis in spiritual practices in books such as The Pot Book (2010), Entheogens and the Development of Culture (2013), Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (2014), One Toke Closer to God (2017), Cannabis and Spirituality (2016) and Psychedelics Reimagined (1999). Bennett’s research has received international attention from the BBC , Guardian, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Vice and other media sources. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.