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Ancient Ayurvedic Entheogenic Recipe Called Majun

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An Ancient Ayurvedic Entheogenic Recipe Called Majun


               This recipe utilizes Cannabis and various psychoactive plants. First, let's discuss the historic use of Marijuana as an entheogen. There is a lot more to Cannabis than the modern world is aware of. When we look at it as a goofy drug, our sense of spirituality is diminished while under the influence. If we can step back, and become aware of the majestic head-space that this great plant can induce, we can then realize that this "high" is truly a mystical way of perceiving reality. It influences a profound level of waking life lucidity, and an open third eye. In this article we will take a brief trip back in time to learn a little bit about the use of Marijuana in a spiritual context. I'll also break down the Majun Recipe one ingredient at a time.


According to the Indian tradition, the god Shiva claimed that Cannabis opened his third eye. He spoke of the joy and excitement that he obtained from the plant.[1] In many ancient recipes it was combined with different psychoactive plants like Datura, Henbane, Atropa Bella Donna, the Opium Poppy, Nutmeg, and even Calamus. In the ancient recipe known as Rasayana, it's combined with cowage seeds, which contain trace amounts of ayahusaca related alkaloids.[1] These kinds of mixtures were used during religious ceremonies by nearly every tradition. The Majun recipe below was also considered a religious entheogenic brew.


In the Indian culture, the Sadhus (holy men) and yogis even regarded Cannabis ashes as magical medicine.[1] Why, you ask? Cannabis ash actually contains psychoactive alkaloids. Many people are unaware of the ancient alchemist process known as calcination. This process allows the alchemist to isolate plant salts from the remaining ashes of a plant. In the case of Cannabis, the ashes can produce psychoactive crystals, which induce a mystical state of awareness in the user. Ashes are typically filtered through a solution of alcohol, and often times its slightly acidified. They added these back to various recipes intended for entheogenic purposes.


When we continue to look back through history we can see that nearly every culture that has ever walked the earth has incorporated Cannabis into their spiritual practices. There are so many entheogen recipes which include Marijuana. I hope that realizing this will influence and perplex modern society to the point that we decide to tune in to the mystical properties of Cannabis. When one looks at Cannabis from a spiritual aspect, a deeper respect for this sacred medicine can be obtained. The following recipe produces an ancient psychoactive candy. It was called, "Majun" and has Ayurvedic origins.


Majun Recipe


Bhang, Charas, Ganja, opium poppy seeds, thornapple seeds and leaves, cloves, olibanum ( frankincense ), aniseed, cumin, cardamon, wheat flower, sugar, butter, milk, and flour and add to ghee ( a form of butter ). The result is a candy that induces states of ecstasy, elation, a sensation of flying ( astral tool? ), stimulated appetite, and intense sexual desire.[1]


A Breakdown Of This Recipe

             Bhang is the name given to leaves closer to the top of the Cannabis plant. They typically have more trichromes and higher levels of psychoactive cannabinoids than the lower leaves. Charas is a fresh hasish-like resin made by gently rubbing fresh Cannabis through your hands. Ganja of course refers to the flowering tops of the Female Cannabis plant. This combination utilizes several different forms of Marijuana, small amounts of opiates derived from poppy seeds, and multiple medicinal and psychoactive constituents from several different useful plants.


The thornapple seeds and leaves that are added to Majun are potentially dangerous. The Datura plant ( thornapple ) has been used by many shamanic cultures. Even though these cultures used them in a spiritual and medicinal context, someone who does not know what they are doing should avoid messing with them. It's often rumored that they are a psychedelic, although I find the term dillerant to be a better label. They are incredibly psychoactive and that is undeniable. They are also added to ayahuasca mixtures, although this depends on the shaman who prepares the brew.


The Frankincense that's added to Majun has a very subtle psychoactive effect on its own yet nothing narcotic. It's been used for treating nausea by herbalist, which is likely another reason that it is added to the mixture. It does seem to synergize well with other psychoactives. Anise, Cumin, and Cardamon are most likely added for their medicinal value and flavors. Having positive health benefits, these ingredient likely add to the feel good sensations brought on by the Majun mixture. Although, the psychoactive ingredients are obviously the main culprit in the profound sense of elation this brew induces.


The flower, butter and milk are all used as a base for the ingredients to dissolve into. This carries the phytochemicals of all the other ingredients and helps to extract them into something which can be digested by the body so that it may enter the bloodstream. They also give it a flavor, along with the other typical culinary spices which gives it a candy like flavor and consistency. In a nutshell, this is one extremely powerful psychoactive/psychedelic candy.

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References:

Ratsch, Christian. Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2001. Print.

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