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Note: My Anthropic Trilogy web-book, evolving since 1997, is a chronicle of my passing all considered opinion through the lens of my Nirvikalpa Samadhi with both an open-mind and healthy skepticism.

Perspectives on Cannabis and Tantra Tradition
Cannabis Origins and Cultural History

Cultivation of cannabis probably started in China to produce seeds for food and medicine and as a fiber for cloth and fabric. While the Chinese were building their hemp culture, the cotton cultures of Indian and the linen (flax) cultures of the Mediterranean began to learn of Cannabis through expanding trade and from wandering tribes of Aryans, Mongols, and Scythians who had bordered China since Neolithic times.

My Supergirl was- by a factor of 3x- the most sensual grass I experienced during the subsequent 15-year period when I was both using and home-growing cannabis for my personal use. Not only is there a huge range of potency among samples of the various varieties of sativa and the sub-species indica but an orchestra of psychological effects that characterize the thousands of hybrids evolving around the world. For example in my obsolete experience, Panamanian Red is paranoid, indica generally zones you out while original Jamaican sativa is sexy and uplifting. Since I haven't smoked in over ten years I'm sure there are varieties that may approach the quality of my original "SuperGirl" that I have no knowledge of. For a brief period, about a year before my Samadhi experience, I did use (eaten rather than smoked) some extremely potent hashish that I had smuggled in from Istanbul but found it made me such a sexual madman that I threw it away for fear I might abuse my girlfriend, Mara- much to her annoyance. Other than my one experience with magic mushrooms, I have no knowledge to speculate how other than THC-based recreational or entheogenic drugs might work in a neo-Tantric scenario but would be highly skeptical. I suspect they would lack the spiritual/sensual balance and unique "good bhakti" quality of cannabis and might produce either a psychedelic warp or a raw sensual overload. (Sex, Spirit, and Psychedelics is a collection of anecdotal accounts of the effect of entheogenic drugs relating to spirituality and sex.)

Marijuana and Sex: A Classic Combination by Terry Necco, 1998 An in-depth look on why ancient tantrists and modern researchers agree: pot and sex are two great things that go together. Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years, yet ironically it has also been used to decrease sexual desire. Ancient sacred texts reveal how to use marijuana to increase sexual pleasure, but modern research teaches an equally important lesson: marijuana's effects are determined by the personality, physiology, intention, environment, and culture of the user. (As well as to the qualities of the particular strain and variety. mg)

Lily Rowland receives a dose of oil deeriieved from cannabidiol (CBD) High Science National Geographic, June, 2015 Marijuana goes mainstream to help deliver people from sickness and pain. by Hampton Sides; Photographs by Lynn Johnson - There's nothing new about cannabis, of course. It's been around humankind pretty much forever. In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B,C. The Chinese used cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago. Even into the middle of the 20th century, scientists still didn't understand the first thing about marijuana. Then one day in 1963 a young organic chemist in Israel named Raphael Mechoulam, decided to peer into the plan'ts chemical composition. Mechoulam isolated and also synthesized an array of compounds - only one of which had any observable effects when injected in rhesus monkeys. The monkeys, normally quite agressive animals, became emphatically calm - sedated. Further testing found the plant's principle active ingredient, it's mind altering essence - the stuff that makes you high - tetrahydrocanabinol (THC). The team also elucidated the chemical structure of cannabidiol (CBI), another key ingrediant in marijuana, with potential for medical use but no psycho-active effect on humans. For these breakthroughs and many others, Mechoulam is widely known as the patriarch of cannabis science, which he calls a "medicinal trasure trove waiting to be discovered.

Entheogens and Realization Major resources on history and modern application of entheogens to induce religious experience.

Toxic Synthetic Cannabis Australian Experts Alarmed After Queensland Deaths By Reissa Su on January 15 2015. The synthetic cannabinoids have industrially-made chemicals sprayed onto plant material that gives it the "natural" impression. He said drug users have embraced the trend of using synthetic drugs that they believe can produce a natural high like real marijuana. Most materials used in synthetic drugs contain materials not designed for human consumption.