Cannabis in ancient Greece

Did you know Scythian and Thracian shamans used cannabis to communicate with the divine? They fumigated themselves with cannabis smoke to achieve ecstasy. 'Kapnobatai’, they were called, which means ‘smoke-walkers'.

The cannabis plant may have served a crucial role in magical and ritual practices of the ancient Greek.

Cannabis historian Chris Benett discusses with professor of Classics Carl Ruck and dr. David Hillman about the available evidence.

Watch the documentary "Cannabis in Ancient Greece: Smoke of the Oracles?"