The story of Santa Claus threads together aspects of many cultures and religions, including paganism — and psychedelics play an important role in the story of the all-knowing fellow in red and white who flies through the sky and drops down your chimney with gifts.
Was Santa Claus a psychedelic shaman? The co-hosts of the podcast Great Moments in Weed History, David Bienenstock and Abdullah Saeed, dive into the myth behind our modern Santa Claus in their holiday episode, “Santa’s A Psychedelic Mushroom Shaman.”
Abdullah and Bean smoke Christmas trees and tell a yuletide story for the ages, about the Siberian shamans who gifted psychedelic mushrooms during the winter solstice to villagers by dropping down the chimney. They unpack all the magical details behind the Santa Claus legend, including why Santa wears red and white, and how his reindeer came to fly.
Read our full story Santa Was A Shaman, and check out this fantastic episode of Great Moments in Weed History!