Biblical proof of Cannabis Usage
In 1936 a woman named Sula Benet, a little known Polish etymologist at the time from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw wrote a book. This book was called "Tracing One Word Through Different Languages”. This was intended to be a study on the word Cannabis, simple enough. At the time the popular belief was that the word was of Scythian origin. Many people still believe this today. However as she went back through history she found earlier occurrences of the word as she studied some of the oldest Hebrew texts. In her book she explained that "in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament" there are references to hemp, both used as an incense, which was an integral part of their religious celebration but also as an intoxicant.
The word for cannabis is kaneh-bosm, also rendered in traditional Hebrew as kaneh or kannabus. 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 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 miss-translation in the bible actually makes the whole thing 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 dont 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 reknown. 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, thats all we think of cinnamon as being good for.
The last ingredient is Cassia, Cassia 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 ritual a final anointing of the mummy was to be observed.