Is it possible that the Tree of Knowledge in the Book of Genesis could be or could symbolize marijuana? The Bible states that when Eve took the fruit of the tree, she knew both good and evil, and when she gave some to Adam, they both realized their nakedness. Marijuana is known to open another world of consciousness.
The area in which the Bible says the Garden of Eden was is in modern day Iraq, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The native origin of marijuana also is in the same area of Iraq. Could marijuana be the Tree of Knowledge known from the Bible? What do you think?
Personally I think it refers to the evolutionary singularity that humans reached where they became conceptually aware. Conceptual awareness spawns understanding of morality and sin, it is also the defining mark that separates humans from animals, and that is basically what Adam and Eve were; Animals that evolved into the first sentient human beings.
Could marijuana have contributed to this evolutionary step into conceptual awareness? Contributed, yes it is possible, being the only or primary factor? I doubt it. Generally when proto-humans began eating meat is considered to be the main step in brain development, why they began to eat it is unknown but it may have been less abundance of plant foods.
The proteins and acids in meat are said to have caused massive brain growth, to the point they were capable of harnessing fire as a tool, which meant they could cook meat, and cooked meat is easier for the digestive system to absorb those proteins and acids, so the brain development increased even more, until the singularity of conceptual awareness I mentioned.
Of course you would wonder why carnivores haven’t reached the intelligence humans have, well carnivores on average are smarter than the average herbivore, but evolution is also about needing to develop, where if you are the dominant species in an area you do not need to evolve as quickly as your prey, if at all, evolution happens under duress and if you have no threats against you, which dominant carnivores rarely had, then your comfort simply does not demand adaption.
Humans would pretty much have never of been the dominant species, wherever they went they would have been prey for something else, and it is that and being exposed to more situations than other species that would have given humans that evolutionary edge.
Anyway, it says they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, I don’t think that is literal, they say eating it was the original sin, more that they became aware of sin, before that they didn’t know that eating it was wrong, even though God told them not to they simply had not concept of why disobeying God is bad or obeying is good, and so there is a difference between sin of ignorance and wilful sin.
I’d say it is not so much about sinning, but more about becoming aware of the concept of sin.
And then with conceptual awareness comes the concept of linear existence; the concept of time, and as a result an awareness of mortality. Although other animals have the instincts for self preservation, they do not really have a concept of mortality, so Adam and Eve inherited death for all humanity to come? The concept of it. Then Jesus atoned for the death Adam passed to humans, the concept of the Resurrection, a liberation from the concept of mortality.
I will say that apparently there are these kind of slots in the human brain that THC is the only known substance that fits into them. That is something I heard, and chances are it is just pothead mythology, but it would be interesting to know if it is true or not, and what it would mean. Obviously it would suggest marijuana was part of the human staple diet for quite some time in our evolution.
You don’t have to side with me, I just watched a documentary about the effects of change in proto-human diet from largely plant eating to meat, and chances are it was cannibalistic between tribes, or maybe related humanoids like Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal hunting and eating each other.
I like what @manimal had to say in — https://www.highexistence.com/topic/all-the-things-that-can-enlighten-you-to-the-truth-are-demonized/ — about Adam and Even and the fruit. Makes a lot more sense to me.