Jesus: Distributor of Medical Marijuana?

31 October 2012

 – In High Times magazine, Chris Bennett wrote a great article entitled “WAS JESUS A STONER?” Highly informative, the article was well-researched, yet I arrived at a different conclusion than Mr. Bennett .

I believe very strongly that Jesus was a distributor of medicinal marijuana and used it to heal many afflictions in his time.

The holy anointing oil was not only used and distributed but it was an integral part of Jesus’s practices and teachings.  “As Jesus and his followers began to spread the healing knowledge of cannabis around the ancient world, the singular Christ became the plural term ‘Christians’,” that is those who have been smeared or anointed with the holy oil.

“If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Just the Christ and his follower Christian, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ”, was the conclusion Mr. Bennett arrived at.

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Jesus: Distributor of Medical Marijuana?

by Mark Smith

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the reason that the Lord has anointed me to tell good news to the meek ones. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to those taken captive and the wide opening of the eyes even to the prisoners.” – ISAIAH 61:1

NOTE: In the latest edition of High Times magazine, Chris Bennett wrote a great article entitled “WAS JESUS A STONER?”

Highly informative, the article was well-researched yet I arrived at a different conclusion than Mr. Bennett based on his article and my own research. I believe very strongly that Jesus was a distributor of medicinal marijuana and used it to heal many afflictions in his time. I present my case below!

In ancient times, cannabis was a widely used plant employed for many different reasons throughout the Middle East. It is historical fact that ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia utilized marijuana for a variety of medicinal purposes and their interactions with the Hebrews is not debatable, making it inconceivable that the Hebrews would not have been aware of cannabis and its uses. Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University, was cited by Chris Bennett is his article, “Was Jesus a Stoner?” Ruck states, “There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion.” He further adds, “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”

Prior to the industrialized age, cannabis was very vital to society providing for people in many aspects of their lives. Hemp seed supplied food for humans and animals, the fiber is strong and long-lasting making great rope and canvas; the word canvas is actually derived from cannabis! It also was used as fuel for heating, cooking oil, and wood oil and varnish for furniture; ironically, Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a carpenter and furniture maker. Cannabis was also a great reconditioner of soil, in Mark 4:3-8, known as the “Parable of the Sower,” there is a distinct reference to hemp since a) most species of birds prefer hemp, and b) hemp not only has a short growth period but it can also grow in any climate the year round!

The Ancient Hebrews used cannabis in 12 ways: as paper, cords, clothing, sails, oil, fishnets, sealant, food, incense and in ceremony, relaxation, and medicine. “And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of its broadway. And on the side of the river and on that side there were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the curing of the nations,” Rev 22:1-2. Canaan, the ancient home of the Israelites, is a form of “Cana,” derived from cannabis and “Cana” implied that hemp was grown in the area. Also, it is highly speculated that the Three Wise Men who came to usher in the birth of Jesus were Zoroastrians, who believed God gave hemp as a gift to mankind.

In 1936, Sula Benet, a Polish etymologist, working at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw, was able to prove that cannabis had a very early origin in Semitic languages, including Hebrew. Benet demonstrated that cannabis, kaneh-bosm, was of the Hebrew dialect, also traditionally used as ‘kaneh’ or ‘kannabus’. When you dissect the word, at its root, kaneh means “reed,” while bosm means “aromatic.” Later kaneh-bosm would be mistranslated in to calamus, a mistake that eventually continued over the centuries as the Bible was continuously translated.

The Old Testament is filled with references of cannabis, and of its importance in ancient Judaism. On the very first page of the Bible, , Genesis 1:12, “And the earth began to put forth grass, vegetation bearing seed according to its kind and trees yielding fruit , the seed of which is in it according to its kind. Then God saw that it was good.” On the 6th day of creation, in Genesis 1:29, God states, ” Here I have given you all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed. To you let it serve as food.”

In Isaiah 18: 4-5, the Lord says, “Afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.” A true indication of how important cannabis was comes to us from the book of Exodus, Exodus 30:22-33, here the Lord instructs Moses to prepare the holy anointing oil, and God says, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of kannabosm, 500 shekels of Cassia – all according to the sanctuary shekel – and a hind of olive oil. Make these into a holy anointing oil, an ointment, the work of a perfumer. It will be the holy anointing oil.” “And you must anoint with it the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, and the table and all its utensils and the lampstand and its utensils and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils and the basin and its stand. And you must sanctify them that they may indeed become most holy. Anyone touching them is to be holy. And you will anoint Aaron and his sons, and you must sanctify them for acting as priests to me. And you will speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This is to continue as holy anointing oil to me during your generations.”

The oil was used for anointing all Hebrew kings and priests as well as sacred objects which was an ancient tradition throughout Israel. God and his relationship to cannabis, I believe is clearly stated in Isaiah 43:23-24, where the Lord scolds the Israelites for not giving him kaneh-bosm. “You have not brought any Kaneh for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and worried me with your offences.”

Many ancient peoples, lacking pipes or blunts burned cannabis inside of closed tents so that aromas and smoke could be trapped and inhaled. This incense was enjoyed by many and Moses, and his priests, used the holy anointing oil and incense in their tents. “And Aaron shall burn incense every morning: When he dressed the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighted the lamps at evening, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations,” Exodus 30:8-10.

Before being baptized, Jesus was anointed using the holy anointing oil. Matter of fact, the term “Christ,” Hebrew for “Messiah,” means “anointed on.” “The title ‘Christ’ was only placed upon he who had “God’s unction upon him.'” Anointed ones in ancient times were drenched in the holy oil and the apostles were not baptized but anointed by Jesus himself! Subsequently, Jesus urged his followers to go out amongst the peoples and heal the afflicted. In Mark 6:13 it states, “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” We must remember that it was Jesus who stated that you must heal “bodies first,” before “healing the heart.”

In today’s modern world, most people choose to eat or smoke cannabis, but in ancient times, “when its active ingredients are transferred to an oil-based carrier, it can be absorbed through the skin.” Jesus and the apostles cured many along their journeys, Matthew 9:35 reads, “And Jesus set out on a tour of all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom and curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity.” In James 5:14, we have another reference to the sick and using the holy oil to heal: “Is there anyone sick among you? Let him call the older men of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, greasing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” More evidence exists in Mark 6:13, “and they would expel many demons and grease many sick people with oil and cure them.”

Within the early Church, many members used their hands to cure the sick; frequently Jesus put his hands on afflicted peoples before curing them. Mark 6:5 indicates, “So he was able to do no powerful work there except to lay his hands upon a few sickly ones and cure them.” Furthermore, “And he laid his hands on her; and instantly she straightened up, and began to glorify the Lord,” Luke 13:13 the holy anointing oil used as a “healing potion,” is also apparent in Luke 10:34, “So he approached him and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine upon them.” In Acts 10:38, the healing power of Jesus and the oil is stated more clearly, “namely, Jesus who was from Nazareth, how God anointed him with the holy spirit and power, and he went through the land doing good and healing all those oppressed by the Devil, because God was with him.”

Today, as in ancient times, cannabis has been used to treat many different ailments including glaucoma, epilepsy, skin afflictions, arthritis, sickness, nausea, headaches and cramps to name a few. In the 21st century, hemp is also being utilized in areas such as biomass energy, fuels, plastic and building materials.  Across the globe cannabis is used as medicine and is a highly dependable food crop.  Ancient Christian documents such as the Acts of Thomas demonstrate that even cripples could be healed – “thou holy oil given unto us for sanctification… thou art the straightener of crooked limbs.”

The holy anointing oil was not only used and distributed but it was an integral part of Jesus’s practices and teachings.  “As Jesus and his followers began to spread the healing knowledge of cannabis around the ancient world, the singular Christ became the plural term ‘Christians’,” that is those who have been smeared or anointed with the holy oil.  As the new testament explains:  “and as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains within you and you do not need anyone to be teaching you, but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him”, 1 John 2:27.  The anointing of a person allowed them to be enlightened, 1 John 2:20, “and you have an anointing from the holy one, all of you have knowledge.” You become a Christian, not because of baptism, but by being anointed, “for as stated in the Gospel of Phillip, the “Father anointed the son, and the son anointed the apostles and the apostles anointed us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22-22 should remind all of us that, but he who guarantees that you and we belong to Christ and he who has anointed us in God.  He has also put his deal upon us and had given us the token of what is to come, that is, the Sprit in our hearts.”

“If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Just the Christ and his follower Christian, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ”, was the conclusion Mr. Bennett arrived at in his latest article, with this, I could not agree more….

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