Why do witches ride brooms?- The real reason why witches are often portrayed as broom-riding old hags comes down to a popular hallucinogenic drug used by people from the 14th century and onward. The drug comes from a fungus called Ergot, and when consumed, it gave the user unpleasant side-effects such as vomiting, nausea and headaches.
Then, a certain class of women known for dabbling in unusual potions and magic aka Witches, started to spread the word that there was a much easier way to get this recreational drug into the blood stream. Rubbing a small amount into the armpits or the fleshy membrane of female genitalia (no lie) could give you enough of a buzz without the bad come-down. So to distribute ergot with maximum effectiveness, witches borrowed a technology from the home: A broom. Specifically, the handle of the broom. And then … you get the idea. And that’s the main origin of the popular image of a witch on a broom.