Environmental problems are now to the point that the supply of Frankincense may cease to exist. Is the Second Coming threatened as a result? And not withstanding that finding Frakincense will be hard enough, now where the heck are we going to find THREE wise men?
Frankincense may gain in popularity if certain properties get widely known: As of May 2008 FASEB Journal announced that Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have determined that frankincense smoke is a psychoactive drug that relieves depression and anxiety in mice. The researchers found that the chemical compound incensole acetate is responsible for the effects.
Exactly how does a researcher determine if a mouse is depressed?
Myrrh, on the other hand, is now farmed and is doing alright. It has uses in modern medicine. perfumes, incense, and religious rituals of all sorts, including Catholic, Pagan, and Magick ceremonies.