Liber 420 - Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult. By Chris Bennett

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Liber 420

Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult

By Chris Bennett

The hidden history of cannabis in medieval and renaissance alchemy and magic

Find out about the important role cannabis played in helping to develop modern medicines through alchemical works. Although little known, cannabis played a very important role in alchemy, and appears in the works of such figures as Zosimos, Avicenna, Paracelsus, Cardano and Rabelais. Cannabis also played a pivotal role in medieval 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 Oberon.

Could cannabis be the Holy Grail? with detailed historical references, the author explores the allegations the Templars were influenced by the hashish ingesting Assassins of medieval Islam, and that myths of the Grail are derived from the Persian traditions around the sacred beverage known as haoma, which was a preparation of cannabis,opium and other drugs. Many of the works discussed, have never been translated into English, or published in centuries.

The unparalleled research in this volume makes it a potential perennial classic on the subjects of both medieval and renaissance history of cannabis, as well as the role of plants in the magical and occult traditions.

"Bennett has done it again. Going right to the primary sources, he has produced an extraordinary volume outlining the history and occult secrets of cannabis. … Should you be interested in knowing how and why cannabis found employment in the occult arts throughout history, take heart in knowing that you hold in your hands the definitive work written by a brilliant historian." —Tom Hatsis, author of The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic (2015)

"In his latest effort, Bennet has uncovered and amassed an overwhelming amount of evidence in support of his claim that cannabis played a central role in many of the Western esoteric traditions, including Alchemy, ceremonial magick—and yes, even factions of Freemasonry! Liber 420 is sure to cause a stir within the Masonic community!" —P.D. Newman, 32° Scottish Rites Freemason and author of Alchemically Stoned: The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry (2017)

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.

480 PAGES, 6 X 9
TRADE PAPER, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $43.95)
ISBN 9781634241656