Alan Sumler Weighs in on Whether the Ancient Romans Consumed Cannibis

Published: Sept. 22, 2023

Alan Sumler, lecturer in Modern Languages, weighs in on whether the Ancient Romans consumed cannibis.  Sumler found enough references to the reefer in Greek, Latin and Roman texts to write a book about it in 2018: Cannabis in the Ancient Greek and Roman World. According to Sumler, there is no “smoking gun” for cannabis in ancient Greece and Rome, but "cannabis remains have been identified," which is hard to do in places of continuous habitation.

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