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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984185801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984185801
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scholarly, hip, witty, and extremely well documented . . . this book might cause a revolution in biblical studies!"  —Robert Anton Wilson, author, Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy



"This book is fanscinating! There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion . . . there is no way that so important a plant as a fiber source for textiles and nutritive oils and one so easy to grow would have gone unnoticed, and the mere harvesting of it would have induced an entheogenic reaction."  —Carp P. Ruck, professor, Boston University


"Every cannabis aficionado, patient, and advocate will find something of great value in Chris Bennett's Cannabis and the Soma Solution. The great Jack Herer laid the foundation of our understanding of the foolishness of cannabis prohibition in its modern form: Chris Bennett has performed an invaluable service by proving once and for all that the oldest and greatest spiritual sacrament in human history is cannabis use." —Treating Yourself (November 2011)


"It is a volume that must be read by every scholar who works in the field of biblical studies, world religions, psycho-spirituality, or the history of the paranormal as friend and familiar." —J. Harold Ellens, PhD, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity of the Claremont Graduate School


"A treasure trove of up-to-date ancient information on cannabis. Highly recommended to round out your library on religious uses of psychoactive drugs." —Julie Holland, M.D., editor, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis 


"I have read Mr. Bennett’s several books on this subject and am in general agreement with what he states, especially about the extent to which the Vedic hallucinogen Soma was probably made from cannabis. Indeed, his research has changed my own thinking about this ancient conundrum (heretofore, the majority of scholars have suggested that Soma was prepared from psychotropic mushrooms) . . . . In short, I heartily recommend Bennett’s book to anyone seeking a better understanding of this well-nigh universal, albeit all too often misunderstood hallucinogen and its crucial role in the history of human spirituality." —C. Scott Littleton, Ph.D., Emeritus professor of Anthropology, Occidental College


"Chris Bennett assembles religious, historical, medical and poetic sources with immaculate ease, in order to construct what is sure to be an enduring examination of the global history of cannabis use by widely diverse human populations." —Dr. David C.A. Hillman, author, The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization


"I’ve enjoyed this book immensely—a masterful investigation of religious intoxication cults from ancient India, Persia, Asia Minor, Scythia, and Europe. Refuting R. Gordon Wasson’s theory that Soma of the Vedas was Amanita muscaria mushrooms, Bennett shows that Soma was probably a mixture of cannabis, ephedra and poppy (confirmed by Sarianidi’s archaeological discoveries in Bactria), and he traces the uses of cannabis as a sacrament through many ancient cultures. This is a must-read for everyone interested in the ancient history of drugs." —Michael R. Aldrich Ph.D., author, Marijuana Myths and Folklore

About the Author

Chris Bennett is an expert in the use of ethnobotanicals. He has contributed articles to numerous magazines, including Cannabis Culture and High Times, and he is the author of several books, including Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion and Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Wells on November 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
First of all, if you are reading these review and you are not Chris Bennett just buy the book now. My guess is that no one is going to make it to this Amazon page without having at least a basic knowledge of the history of cannabis, its uses and effects and the role it has played in the evolution of human consciousness; "Cannabis and the Soma Solution" will be a fine addition to your reading on the subject. It is incredibly well researched, effectively argued and a fascinating tale of both the rise and suppression of the great "forbidden medicine".

My frustration with this text is based on the absolutely terrible editing. The entire tome is filled from cover to cover (literally) with errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation that quite effectively undermine its otherwise brilliant scholarly approach. For example, the back cover of my paperback copy refers to Mr. Bennet's business pursuits in BC as "entheobotnaical". I could go on and on: plurals and possessives are an issue throughout, sentence structure is frequently questionable at best; while such issues may be part and parcel of the draft process they are inexcusable when included in the final print version of an academic research project.

I can only hope that when this book is released in its second, expanded edition Mr. Bennett or his publishers are willing to spend just a little effort, money and time on the final text.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Fleck on October 24, 2010
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This is a phenomenal survey of an organic and Sacred spiritual tradition centered physically in the sacrament of hemp. This plant not only provided our ancestors with material necessities making it easier to survive but also through ingestion or inhalation and prayer they were able to free themselves from a state of worry and connect to the unseen intelligence of all life. Anybody interested in sky and earth consciousness or religious history should read this book. There is a physical and celestial tree of life as found in you Unique Celestial Identity, check out [...]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By anon on September 14, 2010
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An amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to understand the role of Cannabis in ancient spirituality and its very real influence on mysticism and its use as a Sacrament to commune with G-d. Cannabis here is presented as it is and should be; a sacrament used to get in touch with the divine within - to heal, to love, to reveal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Mace on January 15, 2014
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.....someone started educating people about the spiritual aspects of this sacred herb. Thank you Chris for your amazing research and activism!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Letts on July 23, 2014
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Excellent book on the Biblical history of Cannabis.
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