Cannabis, Hawaii. Photo by Chris Kilham
Nature finds a multitude of ingenious ways to express itself. Sacred Plants, as important messengers from the natural world, are garnering press and broadcast media globally. They are making themselves better known every week.
In the world of plants, some are used for sacred and ceremonial purposes, to explore the spirit world. The use of these plants derives from native cultures, whose members have traditionally sought access to the supranormal through the ingestion of the plants and their preparations. The use of these plants differs from contemporary religious practices in a key way. For while religious prayer, ritual and communion are engaged to propitiate god or gods, the use of sacred plants is intended to give the participant direct access to the divine experience. The difference is not slight but radical. Learn more in our Sacred Plants section.