Considering the raising awareness over the benefits of cannabis alongside legalization, a particularly enchanting topic has been lingering in the air for a long time.
Did Jesus use medicinal marijuana
Is it possible that the Lord knew, and therefore, took advantage of the medicinal properties of marijuana to heal people and perform some of the miracles mentioned in the Bible And if that is so, is there any direct reference to cannabis in the most famous book in the world
Did Jesus himself smoke pot And if we dare to say – what are the chances that Jesus Christ was a stoner
The truth is, we cannot possibly give a straightforward, big, fat YES or a big, fat NO in reference to any of the questions above.
Keeping in mind that the Bible is open to interpretations, as well as the fact that all the events mentioned in the Holy Book happened thousands of years ago, there is no real way to know for sure whether and how exactly did Jesus use cannabis.
However, in this article, we will make you a part of a one-of-a-kind journey through time, sharing mind-blowing, absolutely stunning pieces of little-known information on all things cannabis-related mentioned in the Bible.
Most importantly, we are on a mission of diving deep into the extraordinary, ancient cannabis mysteries in order to raise society’s collective understanding of cannabis. But we do not want to and will not, by any chance, cast any form of biased opinions on that matter. As cannabis connoisseurs, we know fair well that the weed culture is about sharing but most of all, it is about keeping an open mind, and especially when discussing anything related to something so sacred as people’s faith, which is a topic that we want to approach with the utmost respect.
Taking a Religious Approach to Cannabis
As little as about a decade ago, society’s acceptance and understanding of marijuana use was far more limited than nowadays.
Beautifully, as people’s awareness over the multiple benefits of cannabis expands, so does the acceptance of cannabis consumption.
For years, ancient cannabis mysteries have been captivating the curious minds of individuals who wish to uncover long-hidden truths about the miraculous herb.
Up-to-date, there is no doubt that cannabis plants are among the oldest agricultural crops on the planet. But if cannabis plants are among the first crops cultivated by mankind, then how come we ended up deprived of the ancestral knowledge of these amazing plants
Indeed, our ancestors were well-familiar not only with the practical but also with the medicinal and spiritual value of cannabis.
And even though the war against marijuana has been taking place for well over a century now, for thousands of years back in time humanity has made use of cannabis as an invaluable part of daily life, celebrations, religious practices, and nonetheless, burial practices.
For instance, cannabis was used by the ancient Greeks to relieve labor pain, which means cannabis was at the core of welcoming the new life on Earth. Meanwhile, the ancient Egyptian pharaohs were buried alongside the precious cannabis plant material to help guide them in the After Life. From birth to death and all the time in between, cannabis was treasured and utilized for its multiple benefits that extend not only on a physical but also on a mental level.
From a religious perspective, cannabis can be seen as a powerful and highly treasured plant by Taoists. Originating back in the 4th century in China, Taoism cleansing religious rituals incorporated cannabis incense which was used as an invaluable tool for purifying the body and mind, as well as a tool for reaching altered states of consciousness.
According to ancient Norse religious beliefs, the cannabis plant is a symbol of Love, Fertility, and Beauty.
In Hinduism, cannabis is praised as one of the 5 sacred herbs, and in particular, it is believed to be the favorite herb of the mighty god Shiva.
Fast forward to the present day, there are various newborn faith groups where cannabis and religion are intertwined, and where cannabis is seen and used as an important tool to help the members understand, interpret, and sink into the wisdom of faith and religion better. Some of these out-of-the-box faith groups include the Cannabis Assembly, the First Church of Cannabis, the Church of the Universe, Cantheism, and THC Ministries, among others.
Probably the most notorious example of how marijuana use and spirituality can be combined and thrive in peace and harmony is the Rastafari movement. Weed culture in Jamaica is prominent, and it is also omnipresent, but nowhere else across the island country is the marijuana culture so deeply embedded in the life of the locals as with Rastafarians.
Interestingly, Rastafarians refuse to be referred to as a religious group but rather than that, they prefer to be referred to as a faith group of members who follow the path of the Rastafari spiritual movement.
Anyway, it is no other religion but Christianity which is embraced, interpreted and followed by the Rastafari, who, by the way, happen to live fully sustainably, in profound harmony with the living nature. They also follow one of the healthiest food regimes on the planet as they refuse to eat processed food, as well as meat in general.
And since the Rastafari movement proves that Christianity and marijuana use can go hand in hand, as well as taking into account the multiple examples of ancient civilizations who implemented cannabis as an intricate part of the most significant religious practices, where exactly does the golden thread between Christianity, the Bible, and cannabis reside
Marijuana and Christianity: Searching for Long-Lost Truths
When trying to decode the profound relationship between Christianity and marijuana, we need to first look into the very origin of the word “cannabis.”
As cannabis aficionados, we often mention cannabis in our daily lives. But are we even aware of the whimsical roots of this super popular term for our favorite green medication
It was in 1936 when the etymologist of Polish origin – Professor Sula Benet –decided to take a closer look into the ancient roots of the word “cannabis” which, by that time, was still believed to have originated within the ancient community of the Scythians.
According to Professor Benet’s discoveries, the truth about the very origin of the word “cannabis” has little to do with the Scythians, but instead, it can be found in the word “kanehbosm.”
The “kanehbosm” (also referred to as kaneh-bosm) plant is mentioned in the Bible more than a single time.“Kaneh” translates into “hemp” or “reed” while “bosm” translates into “aromatic.”
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So, any clues on what the Lord might have meant by mentioning an aromatic variety of hemp Yep, it does immediately bring about solid associations with the cannabis plant.
What’s more, in traditional Hebrew, “kaneh-bosm” is rendered simply as “kaneh” or “kannabus,” and as it is effortless to spot that the words “kannabus” and “cannabis” are quite identical.
Now, for long, long time scholars believed that the mystical plant mentioned in the Bible as “kaneh-bosm” was not cannabis but calamus. Calamus is known under the scientific name Acoruscalamus and is also popular under various other commonly used names such as sweet flag, beewort, and myrtle flag, among others.
However, various experts dare to state that it seems far more logical to consider that the mystical kaneh-bosm plant mentioned several times in the Bible is, in fact, cannabis, and not calamus.
The reason that brought many experts into claiming that there is a much higher probability for the kanehbosm plant to be cannabis and not calamus is because the kaneh-bosm plant was used for the preparation of the Holy anointing oil mentioned in the Bible.
And while calamus, similarly to cannabis, is an ancient herb that has been used extensively in traditional medicine for the treatment of pain and digestive issues, ingesting calamus, unlike ingesting cannabis, poses a high risk of toxicity issues.
As described in Exodus 30:20-25, Holy anointing oil is prepared by approximately combining 3 kilograms of sweet cinnamon, 3 kilograms of kaneh-bosm plant, 6 kilograms of pure myrrh, 6 kilograms of cassia, and about 5 quarts of Olive Oil.
Another solid reason that suggests it was cannabis and not calamus that was used for the preparation of the Holy anointing oil is the way the active ingredients present in cannabis are capable of being absorbed through the skin in the presence of an oil-based carrier such as Olive Oil.
Furthermore, in the New Testament, Jesus is said to have anointed his disciples with the use of the Holy anointing oil, and he further encouraged them to follow His example and anoint their followers-to-be when spreading the Glory of the Lord and His teachings. Intriguingly, this particular example sounds like the ancient foundation of weed culture as we know it today since from times unknown, cannabis consumption has always been about sharing.
Not the least, it becomes even more relevant to assume that the secret ingredient of the potent Holy anointing oil was none other but cannabis because it was through the Holy anointing oil how Jesus was capable of healing skin and eye diseases as mentioned in the Gospels. If the plant was to be calamus, and not cannabis, there would be a great chance of triggering a rather non-positive reaction to the Holy anointing oil in terms of curing eye skin diseases.
Amazingly, a passage in the New Testament (James 5:13,14), sheds more light on the way the Holy anointing oil was used in Christianity.
“Is any sick among you Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
In Hebrew religious practices, the Holy anointing oil was used for the primary purpose of sanctifying priests and turning them from “ordinary” people to “holy” (“qodesh” in Hebrew) people. In fact, it was believed that not only a person but also an object becomes anointed and holy through the application of the Holy anointing oil.
If you get to think of it, there is some form of bitter irony if we assume that Jesus and his followers became Christians after receiving the Holy anointing oil which most probably contained cannabis. Because it was really through the cannabis-infused Holy anointing oil how Jesus became the Christ, then it would be only fair to state that persecuting anyone who uses cannabis is totally anti-Christ.
Finally, there is yet another revolutionary and visionary way of uncovering the truth about whether or not Jesus did use medicinal marijuana. Although there is no direct mentioning of marijuana in the Bible, the word “hemp” can be spotted quite frequently in the most famous book on the planet, and it is never mentioned in a negative manner.
Further taking into account the indisputable fact that the Lord was crystal clear in His guidelines on the cultivation of every possible type of plants by the people as a sacred right of every conscious human being on Earth, there are zero places for labeling growing cannabis as an act which does not correspond with God’s will.
In fact, growing cannabis from seed is one of the most beautiful ways to celebrate the teachings of the Lord, and this isn’t solely limited to Christianity. All religions on the planet revolve around the core belief that humans and the living nature are an inseparable Whole, and that mankind is bound to create a Heaven on Earth when people finally start to treat the living Nature as equally important as God Himself.
After all, for those committed to Christianity, it is no other but God Himself who created each and every living creature on the planet, and this does not exclude cannabis plants which are living creatures just like the rest of the plants and animals inhabiting the little blue planet we call home.
“And As I Give You the Green Plants, I give You Everything” – Genesis 9:3.
In fact, God’s most friendly guidelines on the cultivation of plants by humans are further referenced in the passages Ezekiel (34:29), Revelation (22:1-2), and Genesis (1:12, 29-31).
Did Jesus Use Medicinal Marijuana: Final Food for Thought
Ultimately, there is no reference in the Bible that Jesus has smoked or ingested weed. However, it is highly probable that the miraculous Holy anointing oil He and His scholars used did contain cannabis.
Meanwhile, it is important to mention the fact that any form of intoxication is highly unacceptable. But, as we stated at the very beginning of this article, in order to understand the core values of weed culture we must keep an open mind. Amazingly, both religion, as well as marijuana culture, share something simply invaluable in common, and that’s the multiple possible interpretations that can be experienced and embraced by the followers.
As far as the highly frowned upon effects of intoxication are concerned in a Biblical sense, it is crucial to understand that the very term “intoxication” is not onefold.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, “intoxication” refers to an abnormal state which is, essentially, a poisoning. “Intoxication” also refers to a particular condition when an individual’s physical or mental control is greatly diminished because of the effects of drugs or alcohol. Finally, “intoxication” also stands for a strong elation or excitement.
With all of these examples, it is quite obvious that cannabis consumption does not fit strictly into the frames of “intoxication” since it has nothing to do with the poisoning. Indeed, consuming cannabis can alter one’s ability to fully control his/her mental or physical state for a short period of time; however, as we know fair well, these effects are actually quite desirable and can be extremely beneficial for treating a variety of health and mental disorders.
Even when it comes to intoxication as a state of strong excitement, well, isn’t life full of “ordinary,”, non-cannabis consumption associated activities that can lead to experiencing elation, such as, for instance, when you get to consume your favorite food!
Would Jesus mind that somebody chooses to medicate or entertain by opting for an all-natural remedy such as cannabis The only person who can give a clear answer to this question is no longer alive as to do so. However, based on the Holy Bible, we dare to believe that the Lord would be rather forgiving and acceptable in terms of any of the ways human beings choose to utilize God’s creations, including but not limited to cannabis plants.
Without any doubt, as far as growing cannabis is concerned, it would be totally inappropriate to believe that doing so is a sin.
But, after all, did Jesus use medicinal marijuana
He most probably did, but not in the common sense we are used to consuming marijuana nowadays, such as smoking or eating cannabis-infused treats; at least this is what experts have managed to come up based on interpreting the teachings of Jesus in the Bible.
The truth is, we do live in a world choked by polarization, bud buddies. To some, it might seem quite anti-Christ to come across the photos of lit girls flooding the social media, wearing no clothes but marijuana-patterned stockings, marijuana leaves instead of bras, or taking rips from a bong with hazy, fake eyelashes coupled look screaming “I smoke cannabis and I am so sexy.” But, to others, this is a long-dreamed revolution and, in fact, an evolution of personal freedom, because, after all, we do live in an era when we are free to express ourselves, our beliefs, values, and preferences, however, we choose to.
In our highly polarized world, science is rapidly starting to shed more light on the incredible health properties of entheogenic plants. Entheogenic plants include but are not limited to cannabis, and yet, similarly to cannabis, have been labeled as dangerous substances with no medicinal value.
Many of the mightiest ancient civilizations were well-familiar with the mind-expanding benefits of entheogenic plants, and some experts even dare to suggest that the “mana” – the mysterious edible substance provided by God to the Israelites during their forty-year travel in the desert – was actually some form of a psychedelic plant.
What’s more, a rising number of scientists have been long fighting for the legalization of entheogenic plants in order to conduct in-depth research on the health beneficial properties of such plants which are already well-known to possess the unique ability to promote neurogenesis.
Neurogenesis is, arguably, one of the most important processes that take place in the brain, for it is thanks to neurogenesis how neurons (nervous system cells) are produced by the neural stem cells. Without the proper functioning of the process of neurogenesis, our brains lose the vital adaptive capability to change and renew themselves as time goes by during one’s life span.
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Whether Jesus did use medicinal marijuana and whether the Bible or Christianity do approve of the use of cannabis is not the real question. The real question is, what do you choose to believe in For everything that God created on Earth –poppy plants, marijuana plants, fruits, or grains – should be embraced as the purest form of divine blessing and perfection, as all of the abundance here on Earth was created to serve mankind in the best way possible. What we actually need to remember is that not only plants and animals should serve men but we should also learn to serve them, too, in order to regain the much-needed balance with the living nature.
“He causeth the grass for the cattle, and herb for the services of man” – Psalm 104:14.