Psychoactive Bible

I have reprinted this article here because it is relevant to my own personal research. I already know the biblical accounts are related to entheogens, it is the context in which much of that book can be decrypted. As I find more references, I add them in.

Christianity is based on accounts of Jesus and God in the Bible. The Bible includes various plants that are used often and deemed holy. Some of these plants are psychedelic while others have medical qualities. Both the new and old testament mention the use of these plants in religious purpose. Jesus used shamanic techniques to help establish a stable religion in the name of God.

Holy Anointing Oil

Leviticus 10:6

And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. 7 You shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses.

John 12:3

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Exodus 29:7

Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head and anoint him.
Holy Anointing oil according to the bible
Pure myrrh, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)
Sweet cinnamon, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)
Calamus, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)
Cassia, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)
Olive oil, one hin (3.7 Liters)

The holy anointing oil is a potent psychedelic extract. The 18 kg of plant material that is extracted into 3.7 liters of olive oil yields a potent essential oil. The holy anointing oil is essentially an anxiolytic-hallucinogen.

Replica of the Tabernacle

The transdermal application of it led to its absorption and psychoactive effects, even in extremely low doses. The bible suggests anointing with a large amount of oil possibly to ensure a psychedelic response.

These properties explain biblical quotes of the oil being upon you. The sedative and hallucinogenic effects are thus the lord. Essentially

Leviticus 10:6 is saying that if you have a bad trip, you will have distress inside, equivalent to death.

The rules of keeping your clothes on and intact as well as staying inside are given to prevent such a bad trip. If you get anxiety, others will too.

Myrrh is a resin that is used widely in the bible. Myrrh contains the terpenes furanoeudesma-1,3-diene and curzarene which are Mu-opioid agonists.[11] This opioid receptor is the same one that morphine activates. This means that inhaling or absorbing myrrh incense can cause a drug reaction.

Calamus or sweet flag is a rhizome that has been widely used as a plant medicine. Calamus contains a cannabinoid allorestic modulator as well as other psychoactive phytochemicals.[3] These chemicals are highly bioactive and can diffuse through the skin upon contact.

This plant is known to cause intoxications, but the chemical responsible is yet to be determined.[12] The holy anointing oil extract contains a potent amount of this plant.[15]

Calamus contains a couple active chemicals. Beta-asarone is a sedative and tranquilizer present at 2,000 – 48,000 ppm. It has been suggested as a hallucinogen but hasn’t been proven.[12] Isoeugenol is also a sedative being present at 228 – 12,510 ppm. Alpha-asarone is also a sedative present at 132 – 6,500 ppm. Elemicin is a strong hallucinogen present at 10 – 650 ppm. A minimum of 155 grams of calamus root is needed to produce an effect from Elemicin. Alpha-pinene is a perfume and sedative present at 280 ppm.[18]

Sweet cinnamon contains linalool as well as Methyl Chavicol. Methyl Chavicol has been shown to alter rats behavior in a similar manner to other hallucinogens.[16] Linalool acts as an anxiolytic.[17] Methyl chavicol has been reported as a hallucinogen but has not been proven.

Cassia contains similar compounds as sweet cinnamon. Cassia contains a higher percentage of cinnamic aldehyde. Cassia’s main difference from sweet cinnamon is the abundance of a compound called coumarin. When eaten, this compound would lower appetite and could cause liver damage.

Olive oil is a perfect transdermal carrier for drugs due to its fatty acid content.[4] The amount of oil used in the holy anointing oil makes it extremely potent.

Holy Perfume

Exodus 30:34

And the Lord said unto Moses, “Take unto thee sweet spices: stacte and onycha and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense, of each shall there be a like weight. 37 And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make it for yourselves according to the composition thereof; it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.
Galbanum contains 3-pinene which is a gaba agonist. Inhalation would cause anti-anxiety effects which would cause similar effects as Xanax.

Frankincense is an incense that contains a chemical called incensole acetate. It is a gaba agonist and BDNF inducer.[2][5][6] It causes a decrease in anxiety and has synergism with Galbanum.

God in the Burning Bush

Exodus 3:2

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Acacia is a tree with bark that contains DMT and DMT derivatives. DMT is one of the strongest hallucinogens known to man. When combined with an MAOI chemical, DMT becomes highly orally active. Acacia is used widely in the bible as being part of the ark of the covenant as well as part of the tabernacle.

Syrian Rue is a bush that contains potent MAOI chemicals. It grows in the area the bible takes place.

The total dose that would be needed for Moses to trip would be 6 grams of acacia wood and 3 grams of Syrian Rue.

If Moses had a drink such as wine that was stored in acacia wood barrels he would ingest a high enough dose of DMT. If he just ate a handful of syrian rue seeds within 30 minutes, effects would ensue.

Ezekiel 4:9

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

Millet is also known as Panicum coloratum which has a certain amount of DMT based triptamines within it. Phalaris grass is also a candidate for this, and was well known to ancient Egyptians.

Song of Songs 4:13-15

Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices.You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.
Spikenard, also called nard, is an anxiolytic and nootropic. Jesus was anointed with a big jar of spikenard. Spikenard increases gaba as well as serotonin in the brain.[7][8] Spikenard is thus synergistic with many other sedatives in the bible.

Saffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower. It is the most expensive spice by weight. Its effects on the human body come at low doses. It is shown to be an anti-depressant in humans.[1] This is caused by saffron’s effect on the gaba receptors.[13][9] These effects would be similar to taking an anxiety drug such as Xanax.


Exodus 16 14,31 

And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Manna was a holy food that was white and brown, circle shaped, and would appear in the morning dew. The Israelites would live off it when traveling from village to village. Once they got near a village, it would disappear.

Terence McKenna suggested that this was the exact description of psilocybin containing mushrooms. Magic mushrooms can cause hallucinations and emotional experiences. One study showed that mushrooms were considered by the users as one of their top 5 most spiritually significant events of their lives.[19]

Other entheogenic plants in the bible

Ecclesiastes 9:7

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do”.
Wine contains alcohol which is currently the most commonly used intoxicant. Some biblical quotes claim drinking to be unholy while others suggest that it isn’t wrong until it changes who you are.

Zechariah 1:10

And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.”

Myrtus communis contains anxiolytic effects.[10] In one study, the effects of the essential oil were stronger than the drug it was compared to.

1 Kings 19:5

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
Juniper fruit contains 530-9200 ppm alpha pinene which is a sedative. The fruit also contains limonene and myrcene which also act as sedatives.[14]

Lamentations 3:15

He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
Wormwood is a plant that contains thujone. One of the main components of the drink absinthe. Too much can cause death.

Genesis 30:15

But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
Mandrake is a plant that contains atropine, scopolamine, apoatropine, and hyoscyamine which cause hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. If too much is ingested it can cause death.

Jesus’ healing

Matthew 4:24

Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Jesus healed with holy means. He healed the blind, possessed, epileptic, bleeding, paralyzed and many others. Much of this healing was used as a way to prove to the people that Jesus was in fact the son of god. Jesus used his holy anointing oil as well as his holy perfume to achieve some healing traits.

Epileptic people were easily healed by a dose of either the holy perfume or the holy anointing oil. The sedatives contained in them would cause their neurons to decrease excitation.

The blind people were somewhat healed by the hallucinogenic nature of the holy anointing oil. Psychedelic effects can cause people to see visions even if they are blind. Other healing aspects could be due to the hallucinogenic effects the holy anointing oil caused.

Ark of the Covenent

Exodus 25:10-22

Have them make a chest of acacia wood – two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it. The poles are to remain in the rings of the ark; they are not to be removed.

Make an atonement cover of pure gold – two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. Make one cherub on one and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.

There above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands

The chest described is an allegory for that which contains the heart. The acacia tree is also revered in ancient Egypt as The Tree of Life. Most species of acacia contain considerable amounts of DMT within the plane material 1-6%. It is today’s favorite natural source of this substance. I have built a life-sized electrified replica of this Ark of the Covenant as described in the bible, and I have also decrypted it’s allegorical meaning here if you would like more information about the meaning of this passage.

The Tree of Life

The tree of life is first described in Genesis 2:9 as being planted along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:9

The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:22

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”

Revelation 2:7

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

Revelation 22:2

In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Genesis 3:23–24

therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

The acacia tree

In case one might imagine that there are many different varieties of trees, and not all acacia trees may have contained psychoactive substances, here is a list of some of the acacia trees which have been found to contain DMT or similar molecules:

  • Acacia acuminata:Up to 1.5% alkaloids, mainly consisting of tryptamine in leafAcacia adunca: Beta-methyl-phenethylamineβ-methyl-phenethylamine, 2.4% in leaves
  • Acacia alpina: Active principles in leaf
  • Acacia aneura: Psychoactive, Ash used in Pituri. Ether extracts about 2-6% of the dried leaf mass
  • Acacia angustifolia: Psychoactive, Tryptamine
  • Acacia angustissima: β-methyl-phenethylamine NMT and DMT in leaf (1.1-10.2 ppm)
  • Acacia aroma: Tryptamine alkaloids Significant amount of tryptamine in the seeds
  • Acacia auriculiformis: 5-MeO-DMT in stem bark
  • Acacia baileyana: 0.02% tryptamine and [[carboline|β-carbolines]], in the leaf, Tetrahydro
  • Acacia beauverdiana: Psychoactive Ash used in Pituri
  • Acacia berlandieri: DMT, amphetamines, mescaline, nicotine
  • Acacia catechu: DMT and other tryptamines in leaf, bark
  • Acacia caven: Psychoactive
  • Acacia chundra: DMT and other tryptamines in leaf, bark
  • Acacia colei: DMT
  • Acacia complanata: 0.3% alkaloids in leaf and stem, almost all N-methyl-tetrahydroharman, with traces of tetrahydroharman, some of tryptamine
  • Acacia concinna: Nicotine
  • Acacia confusa: DMT & NMT in leaf, stem & bark 0.04% NMT and 0.02% DMT in stem.. Also N,N-dimethyltryptamine N-oxide
  • Acacia constricta: β-methyl-phenethylamine
  • Acacia coriacea: Psychoactive. Ash used in Pituri
  • Acacia cornigera: Psychoactive, Tryptamines
  • Acacia cultriformis: Tryptamine, in the leaf, stem and seeds. Phenethylamine in leaf and seeds
  • Acacia cuthbertsonii: Psychoactive
  • Acacia decurrens: Psychoactive, but less than 0.02% alkaloids
  • Acacia delibrata: Psychoactive
  • Acacia falcata: Psychoactive, but less than 0.02% alkaloids
  • Acacia farnesiana: Traces of 5-MeO-DMT in fruit. β-methyl-phenethylamine, flower. Ether extracts about 2-6% of the dried leaf mass. Alkaloids are present in the bark and leaves. Amphetamines and mescaline also found in tree
  • Acacia filiciana: Psychoactive
  • Acacia floribunda: Tryptamine, phenethylamine in flowers other tryptamines, phenethylamines
  • Acacia georginae: Psychoactive, plus deadly toxins
  • Acacia greggii: N-methyl-β-phenethylamine, phenethylamine
  • Acacia harpophylla: Phenethylamine, hordenine at a ratio of 2:3 in dried leaves, 0.6% total
  • Acacia holoserica: Hordenine, 1.2% in bark
  • Acacia horrida: Psychoactive
  • Acacia implexa: Psychoactive
  • Acacia jurema: DMT, NMT
  • Acacia karroo: Psychoactive
  • Acacia kempeana: Psychoactive
  • Acacia kettlewelliae: 1.5.-1.88% alkaloids, 92% consisting of phenylethylamine. 0.9% N-methyl-2-phenylethylamine found a different time
  • Acacia laeta: DMT, in the leaf
  • Acacia lingulata: Psychoactive
  • Acacia longifolia: 0.2% tryptamine in bark, leaves, some in flowers, phenylethylamine in flowers, 0.2% DMT in plant. Histamine alkaloids
  • Acacia longifolia var. ”sophorae”: Tryptamine in leaves, bark
  • Acacia macradenia: Tryptamine
  • Acacia maidenii: 0.6% NMT and DMT in about a 2:3 ratio in the stem bark, both present in leaves
  • Acacia mangium: Psychoactive
  • Acacia melanoxylon: DMT, in the bark and leaf but less than 0.02% total alkaloids
  • Acacia mellifera: DMT in the leaf
  • Acacia nilotica: DMT in the leaf
  • Acacia nilotica subsp. adstringens: Psychoactive, DMT in the leaf
  • Acacia obtusifolia: Tryptamine, DMT, NMT, other tryptamines 0.4-0.5% in dried bark, 0.07% in branch tips
  • Acacia oerfota: Less than 0.1% DMT in leaf, NMT
  • Acacia penninervis: Psychoactive
  • Acacia phlebophylla: 0.3% DMT in leaf, NMT
  • Acacia platensis: Psychoactive
  • Acacia podalyriaefolia: Tryptamine in the leaf, 0.5% to 2% DMT in fresh bark, phenethylamine, trace amounts
  • Acacia polyacantha: DMT in leaf and other tryptamines in leaf, bark
  • Acacia polyacantha ssp. ”campylacantha”: Less than 0.2% DMT in leaf, NMT; DMT and other tryptamines in leaf, bark
  • Acacia prominens: phenylethylamine, β-methyl-phenethylamine
  • Acacia pruinocarpa: Psychoactive Ash used in Pituri
  • Acacia pycantha: Psychoactive, but less than 0.02% total alkaloids
  • Acacia retinodes: DMT, NMT, nicotine, but less than 0.02% total alkaloids found
  • Acacia rigidula: DMT, NMT, tryptamine, amphetamines, mescaline, nicotine and others
  • Acacia roemeriana” || β-methyl-phenethylamine
  • Acacia salicina: Psychoactive. Ash used in Pituri
  • Acacia sassa: Psychoactive
  • Acacia schaffneri: β-methyl-phenethylamine, Phenethylamine Amphetamines and mescaline also found
  • Acacia schottii: β-methyl-phenethylamine
  • Acacia senegal: Less than 0.1% DMT in leaf, NMT, other tryptamines. DMT in plant, DMT in bark
  • Acacia seyal: DMT, in the leaf. Ether extracts about 1-7% of the dried leaf mass
  • Acacia sieberiana: DMT, in the leaf
  • Acacia simplex: DMT and NMT, in the leaf, stem and trunk bark, 0.81% DMT in bark, MMT
  • Acacia taxensis: β-methyl-phenethylamine
  • Acacia tenuifolia: Psychoactive
  • Acacia tenuifolia var. producta: Psychoactive
  • Acacia tortilis: DMT, NMT, and other tryptamines
  • Acacia verek: Psychoactive. Less than 0.1% DMT in leaf, NMT, other tryptamines
  • Acacia vestita: Tryptamine, in the leaf and stem, but less than 0.02% total alkaloids
  • Acacia victoriae: Tryptamines, 5-MeO-alkyltryptamine
  • Acacia visco: Psychoactive

This is a page describing how the ancients may have extracted this DMT from these trees using only water, vinegar, limestone, and alcohol.


Jesus had powers no other man had. Using plant derived drugs was one of his methods to heal and perform miracles. Jesus became accepted as the son of god due to his reputation of his special psychedelic powers.


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[12] asaron to asaronaldehyde from peppered food(enzyme reverse reaction?))


Jan Irvin – The Holy Mushroom

Jan Irvin – Gordon Wasson & The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms

John Lash – Origin of Religion, Black Magic Pharmacology & The Discovery of the Eadwine Psalter

Jan Irvin – The Pharmacratic Inquisition, Astrotheology & Shamanism

Daniel Pinchbeck – Modern Shamanism, Psychedelics & 2012

Rick Strassman – DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Inner Paths to Outer Space & The Soul of Prophecy

Psychedelics Researcher Says DMT Might Mediate Between Our Consciousness and Other Realities
Interspecies Communication via Psychedelics?
The Psychedelic Cult That Thrived For Nearly 2000 Years
Drugs In The Bible & In The Brain
Banned from the Bible – History Channel

Co-Author: Kevin Loftis