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DANNY NEMU
Historian

Danny’s background is in the History and Philosophy of Medicine from the University of Manchester. He first encountered ayahuasca in the form of Daime when living in Japan, and eventually followed the trail back to its source in the Brazilian Amazon, where the bite of a sand fly infected him with leishmaniasis. This highly aggressive protozoal parasite quickly colonised a few inches of his flesh, and had designs on much more; but it proved to be a great teacher, providing ample opportunity to study firsthand the intricacies and potencies of ayahuasca within the Daime world view.

ABSTRACT:  GETTING HIGH WITH THE MOST HIGH: DRUGS IN THE BIBLE

“Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices” – Song of Songs 4

Nearly all of the plants listed here in the Song of Songs contain known psychoactive compounds, and the combination of some of them into the holy massage oil described in Exodus reveals that the ancient Hebrews were adept at working with synergies and enzyme-inhibition to trigger powerful psychedelic experiences. There are several other mind-bending preparations, including temple incense containing opioid-receptor and GABA-receptor agonists, dopamine boosters and other interesting chemicals; and then there is the enigma of manna and the collective synaesthetic vision at Mount Sinai.