Nepenthe, A Cannabis Infused Wine for Grief?

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CANNABIS CULTURE –  Nepenthe was an ancient herbal infused wine, that appears in Homer’s famous tale The Odyssey. As the Nepenthe was infused in wine, it is important to note that ancient Amphorae, clay wine vessels from an Egyptian site, from the time period in question, revealed evidence of cannabis. Its use to quell grief in a funerary setting has caused many researchers to identify it with cannabis. Interestingly, as nepenthe was a powder it is notable that both of these terms are believed to identify prepared forms of cannabis as well. Coptic amphorae from Sˇaruma, which held black organic residues inside containing the pollen of cannabis.

Article PreviewCANNABIS CULTURE –  Nepenthe was an ancient herbal infused wine, that appears in Homer’s famous tale The Odyssey. Its use to quell grief in a funerary setting has caused many researchers to identify it with cannabis.

The Odyssey of Homer (9th-8th century BC) describes the Nepenthes which came to the Greeks from Egyptian Thebes:

“Then Helen, daughter of Zeus… cast a drug into the wine whereof they drank, a drug to lull all pain and anger, and bring forgetfullness of every sorrow. Whoso should drink a draught thereof, when it is mingled in the bowl, on that day he would let no tear fall down his cheeks, not though his mother and...

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