Was Our Savior An Ardent User Of Cannabis?

A recent archeological expedition to Israel uncovered scrolls that appear to depict the story of Jesus' crucifixion. On one of the scrolls is a sketch that shows a man, thought to be Jesus, smoking from a pipe. Below the drawing is the Hebrew word, "kineboisin," which translates to cannabis.

Dr. Isaac Cohen, president of the South Israel Archaeological Society, believes that this is an extremely significant discovery for the theological community. He describe the discovery as "a finding that could change the way many perceive the world." Cannabis is known to have been smoked, and made into remedy oils, thousands of years before Jesus' time, but this is the first evidence to show that Jesus himself may have used the plant. Not only could this mean that Christian fundamentalists may ease up on their firm stance against the use of marijuana, but they may actually begin to promote its use for an enhance religious experience. It is the Christian belief that Christ's follower should emulate him. If Jesus smoked weed, then why shouldn't everyone else? [Editor's note: Normally we like to reference the original study, however, we are still searching for it.] 

Biblical Proof of Cannabis Usage

In 1936 a woman Sula Benet, a little known Polish etymologist from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw wrote a book explained that "in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament" there are references to hemp, both used as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant. The book was called "Tracing One Word Through Different Languages”. This was a study on the word "cannabis," based on a study of the oldest Hebrew texts. The word for cannabis is kaneh-bosm, also rendered in traditional Hebrew as kaneh or kanabus. The root 'kan' in this construction means "reed" or "hemp", while bosm means "aromatic". This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.

The Chapter of Exodus in the Bible

In the chapter of Exodus, specifically, 30:23, reference is made to "Sweet Calamus."  If you look at this in the Strong’s concordance where they spell this as kaneh rather than kaneh, they pronounce this as Kaw-Naw, a reed, calamus, and cane are listed as possible translations.  The term sweet used in Exodus 30:23 in Hebrew is Bosem.  According to the Webster’s New World Hebrew Dictionary, Bosem is perfume; scent.  The Concordance: the Hebrew is Bosem #1314, fragrance, by impl. spicery; also the balsam plant:—-smell, spice, sweet (odour).

The first occurrence of the word Kaneh-bosm appears in Exodus where Moses is given the recipe to make Holy Anointing Oil by "GOD". First off, knowing that there is a mis-translation in the bible actually makes it make a lot more sense. In the other chapters of the bible where this occurs he talks about it being used as an incense that is "most pleasing to GOD". He later complains that the offerings don't meet his standard but reading into everything once you understand that cannabis was widely in use during this time. Lots of things make a lot more sense. Talking about giving humanity a plant of great renown. Now this makes sense, cannabis is beyond useful, other than the dirt its grown in every other part of the plant is incredibly useful as a food, fuel, intoxicant, resource and way more. There is no part of the plant that can't be used. How many people pick tomato leaves from tomato plants, nobody, they are useless. The stalks from the tomato plant are equally useless, but this isn't the case with cannabis. Every part of the plant is incredibly useful.

Lets get back to Kaneh-bosm as a medicine or more specifically the recipe in the Bible for Holy Anointing Oil. Lets look at what else is in there and ask the important question "are they useful medicinally". 

How about Olive Oil, is this healthy? Ever hear of the "Mediterranean Diet"? Its core to their diet.

How about Myrrh? This has been in use way prior to the bible and was so widely praised for its usefulness that is was one of the gifts from the wise men when Jesus was born. Cinnamon? same thing, although in antiquity it was quite rare, nobody knew what it's origin was and is was so valued medicinally that is was hundreds of years before they even knew it could be used as a spice and today, that's all we think of cinnamon as being good for.

The last ingredient is Cassia, which is very similar to Cinnamon both in its look and taste and how its harvested but it is from a totally different tree. This is another medicinal plant. Everything in HCO is medicinal and not just mildly medicinal they are all incredibly medicinal. Does history talk about anointing at all? Yes it does and most famously so in Pharaonic Egypt—along with many other ancient cultures. It was widely used in preparation for burial included anointing human remains with sweet-smelling oils in devotion as well as with the practical intent of obscuring the stench of death. In the sealing of a coffin a ritual, final anointing of the mummy was observed.

Lost in Human Translation of Early Scripture: Kaneh-Bosm or Cannabis

Kaneh-Bosm or Cannabis is mentioned 5 times in the Old Testament. The first occurrence appears in the Holy Anointing Oil as Calamus, (Exodus 30:23).  It has been argued that the translation of Calamus was a mistranslation which occurred in the oldest Bible the “Septuagint” and the mistranslation was copied in later versions.”

Ancient Holy Oil: Was it Calamus or Cannabis?

“If you actually accept the Calamus translation for the Holy Oil, then you assume that God specified in Exodus 30:23 a drug commonly known as herbal Ecstasy.  Calamus contains an ingredient called asarone.  This is a hallucinogen which is metabolized in the liver as trimethoxyamphetamine which is known as herbal ecstasy.  Here is why that is not possible though, the Middle Eastern version of this plant is far more toxic than its North American Cousin.  Not only is deadly to flies and other insects for the amount that is called out in the recipe, in all likelihood it would be toxic to humans too. That's not likely to be very successful for use in healing if your killing the patient. Plus the fact that in other places in the bible they say this was used in making textiles and as a food. Hemp or cannabis, on the other hand, has been used for thousands of years in making cloth, paper, oil and used as a food. Hemp seeds in fact are one of the healthiest things you can eat.

Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug. Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, event the incense used by Jesus in ceremonies would have contained a cannabis extract.  “There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.   Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added:  “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug

Anointing Oil

Those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were “literally drenched in this potent Cannabis mixture …. Many people today choose to smoke or eat pot, however, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin”. Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels. “If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christian,”