First traces of opium use found in Israel may have been ‘offering to the gods’

The earliest evidence of opium use in the ancient world was discovered at a burial site in central Israel dating to around the 14th century BC, during the Late Bronze Age.

Residue of the narcotic, which is made from the seed capsules of the poppy plant, was found inside more than half of the 3,500-year-old vessels at the site, which is located in Tel Yehud just outside Tel Aviv, an area in the past. Known as Canaan.

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