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Many are familiar with stories of great tzaddikim smoking pipes and the like in some sort of kabbalastic rite. I've even heard some chassidic Rebbes having a so called "Kabbalah pipe". Im curious to know if perhaps marijuana was used to induce meditational states. Other places (including in the books of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan) have mentioned deep meditational states of Kabbalists brought about through psychedelic substances.

Twofold question: Is there some source in kabbalah for the use of any drugs to reach higher levels of connection?

And/or any sources for kabbaltic meditation using smoke?

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    Even if there is such a concept it's not going to override ונשמרתם מאד לנפשתיכם – Heshy Jul 28 '17 at 12:45
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    cannabis is not clasdified as psychedelic substance. The first known psychedelic substance was LSD, lysergic acid, created in the 20th century. This substance is not smocked. There are additional substances coming from american and asiatic continents and there was no importation at this time. – kouty Jul 28 '17 at 12:49
  • Heshy's comment is correct. @kouty Don't know what 'classification' you are referring to. Your comment regarding LSD is incorrect. In terms of Jewish historical practice, there are records that seem to suggest some kind of mind altering substances being used by some individuals. They are likely plant based and specific identification is unclear. – Yaacov Deane Jul 28 '17 at 13:27
  • Marijuana usage was common in cooking in eastern European Jewish communities a century ago. It appears by name in halachic responsa for Pesach. – Yaacov Deane Jul 28 '17 at 13:30
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    LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938[92] by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland – kouty Jul 28 '17 at 13:56

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