In my solitary ceremonies in the hills, worshipping with fire and sword, with water and dagger, and with the assistance of a strange grass that grows wild in certain parts of MASSHU, and with which I had unwittingly built my fire before the the rock, that grass that gives the mind great power to travel tremendous distances into the heavens, as also into the hells, I received the formulae for the amulets and talismans which follow, which provide the Priest with safe passage among the spheres wherein he may travel in search of the Wisdom
- The Testimony of the Mad Arab
What is this ‘strange grass’ the Mad Arab speaks of? I have yet to do a thorough research, but what comes to mind is marijuana. I can be wrong because there are others plants that induce this same experience.
Besides the popular trend marijuana has become in these times, it is a beneficial, natural medicine. There are other ways to consume marijuana other than smoking it. It depends on what the person needs and is looking for. As well as THC and CBD levels, all factor in what will work for the patient.
Marijuana is used not only for medicinal purposes but used in certain rituals in circles of the indigenous. For example, one may use marijuana to get in a transcendental state, to perform a rite. As mentioned before, I cannot be so sure marijuana is the plant the Mad Arab described, but “strange grass” is a great clue.