High On Mount Sinai

It turns out Moses might have been high when he received the Ten Commandments, and we’re not talking altitude. A psychology professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University says two plants found in the Sinai desert contain the same psychoactive compounds as those found in Amazonian plants used to brew ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic. Apparently taking a lot of ayahuasca can cause the imbiber to see light accompanied by religious and spiritual feelings. You know, kind of like the thunder, lightning, trumpets, and awe mentioned in the Book of Exodus. It gives new meaning to the idea of Moses holding the tablets, doesn’t it?

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