In the Bible, Jesus uses cannabis to heal a man possessed by demons.
Jesus' use of cannabis is so well documented that most scholars agree that he did indeed use it.
But what about other biblical figures? Did they also smoke weed?
If you think about it long enough, there are some pretty compelling pieces of evidence in favour of this hypothesis—and we're not just talking about Moses' staff turning into a serpent (apparently, there's some debate over whether or not that happened).
But the point I'm trying to make is how important the endocannabinoid system is.
I'm only now beginning to understand how the ECS is a complex cell-signalling system and could quite potentially be the master regulator of our Beings.
Before my trip to the USA, I had no idea that such a system existed.
I had only ever heard of cannabis, which is the plant.
However, I had no idea that THC and CBD are just well-known cannabinoids.
The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don't use cannabis.
So, why is the endocannabinoid system so essential but still so mysterious?
Spikenard, the most expensive substance in Jesus's time, is today thought to be derived from a cannabis plant.
As you can tell from the name, spikenard is a substance used as perfume and ointment in ancient times. Today it's thought to be derived from a cannabis plant. Spikenard is also known as nardus, nard or nardo. The word "spikenard" comes from the Greek word "spica", which means ear of grain and refers to an appearance resembling corn husks or wheat stalks. This would indicate that it grew wild in southern India (today's Tamil Nadu). It was imported into Europe through Alexandria in Egypt, where it became costly because of its rarity and high quality, not only for its scent but also for its healing properties because of its anti-inflammatory effects when applied externally to wounds.
There is an unaddressed scene in Mark where Jesus may have been anointing his feet with cannabis oil.
In Mark 14:3-9, Jesus is anointed by a woman who has forgiven her sins, which are referred to as "many." The oil she uses is poured on his head, feet and body, and he tells her that she can never be forgiven again. So what was this function? It could have been cannabis oil—the same substance used today in places like California to treat pain and muscle spasms.
In Exodus 30:22-33, God instructs Moses to make holy anointing oil from kaneh bosm, a controversial word many believe was mistranslated into cannabis.
The word cannabis was first introduced to English-speaking people in the King James Version of the Bible. The passage in question is Exodus 30:22-33, where God instructs Moses on how to make holy anointing oil from kaneh bosm, a controversial word that many believe was mistranslated into cannabis.
Kaneh bosm is translated as "sweet cane" in the original Hebrew text, and some scholars believe it refers to an aromatic reed.
On the other hand, others believe it refers directly or indirectly to cannabis or hemp because there are no other plants with similar qualities in Israel at this time.
There are over 60 references to "healing" plants in the Bible.
The Bible contains references to healing plants, which weren't just used for medical purposes. Cannabis, for example, was used as a fabric and rope in ancient times. The Assyrians even used hemp to make their bows and arrows during wartime!
Jesus himself was known to use plants for healing purposes. Matthew 9:35-36, he tells his disciples: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sicknesses."
The New Testament's Greek word for "anointed" (christos) means "covered in oil."
The Greek word christos (pronounced "kree-stos") means "anointed." It's the same root as anointing, which has been used to describe the act of smearing someone with oil for healing purposes since ancient times. This makes sense considering Jesus' frequent use of oils in his ministry. The Bible says that he preached sermons in olive groves and healed people by rubbing them with spittle or pouring oil on their heads as a symbol of prosperity (Matthew 6:17).
You can still find religious ceremonies where people are anointed with various blessed oils. The Catholic church uses holy chrism—a mixture of olive oil, balsam and consecrated water—to bless new priests before they're ordained into the priesthood, for example.
When you take the time to research 'cannabis' and The Bible, you may find that it was used as a sacred healing plant by Jesus and others.
When you take the time to research "cannabis" and The Bible, you may find that it was used as a sacred healing plant by Jesus and others.
Today, there are many references to cannabis in the Bible, including:
The holy anointing oil of Exodus 30:22. was used to anoint priests or prophets when God called upon them. It contains over 6 pounds of pure aromatic myrrh, sweet calamus (a fragrant herb), cinnamon bark and cassia (a relative of cinnamon). Some believe that these herbs were replaced with cannabis due to their intoxicating effects; however, current scientific evidence does not support this theory.
The use of hemp fibres for rope and cloth making during the period of Christ's birth - around 2200 BC-2 AD - is well known from records recovered from shipwrecks off Greece, where sailors carried hemp seeds aboard their ships for use during long voyages across open seas where few trees existed along shorelines where they could find shelter at nightfall."
I hope that you have a better understanding of the cannabis plant and its uses. Whether or not Jesus smoked weed is still up for debate, but the evidence seems to suggest he did.
Still, it's clear that this plant has been around since recorded history and will continue to be used in medicine and spirituality.