What The Bible Says About Cannabis
Since it’s Jesus’ birthday, it’s time for us to reflect on his words. And He said to smoke that shit.
As if we needed more reasons to toke up, here’s another fun fact: cannabis has been mentioned (indirectly) numerous times in the Bible. It’s probably safe to say that Jesus and his bros enjoyed the occasional hit.
Chris Bennett, a Bible scholar, wrote a book in 2001 called Sex, Drugs, Violence, and the Bible. In the book, Bennett argues that the anointing oil used in the Old Testament is actually made up of cannabis, among other ingredients. In Exodus 30:22-23, the healing oil was made up of cinnamon, cassia, olive oil, myrrh, and kaneh-bosm. Bennett says that kaneh-bosm is one of the oldest names of cannabis.
"The word cannabis was [once] generally thought to be of Scythian origin, but...it has a much earlier origin in Semitic languages like Hebrew, and...it appears several times throughout the Old Testament," Bennett writes. He also adds that there are 5 “"references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant.” The said references supposedly are located in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, The Song of Songs, and Exodus.
According to Bennett, the role that the great ganja played in the Bible actually remains misunderstood by many because of an error in translation which happened in the early scriptural history of the book. Bennett says, “ "The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint in the third century BC, and was repeated in the many translations that followed.” Because of this, scholars mistook cannabis for calamus, which is a marsh plant.
Other Mentions of Cannabis in the Bible
Many Bible and literary experts agree that cannabis is a plant that was given to man by God. Hemp is one of the many herbs that are “yielding seed after its kind”.
Genesis 1:29-31 says, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth… To you it will be for meat.”
The Bible also makes mention of a special plant: “I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of heathen any more.” (Esekiel 34:29)
During Biblical times, marijuana was used in many different ways: paper, cord, clothing, incense, sealant, food, medicine, relaxation, and in religious ceremonies. “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.” (Isaiah 18:4-5)
Heck, Jesus even tells us not to judge other people by their habits. “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man.” (Mat 15:11)
In the New Testament, Jesus chose to anoint his disciples instead of baptizing them. Jesus used his oil, and instructed his 12 apostles to go out and do the same. “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them” (Mark 6:13). In ancient times, diseases like epilepsy were believed to have been caused by a spiritual imbalance such as a demonic possession. Curing someone of their illness was practically the same thing as exorcism. It’s no surprise that cannabis is recognized as one of the most powerful medicines in treating epilepsy today, as well as many other illnesses that Jesus cured others of, which are mentioned in the Bible. These include eye problems, skin diseases, and menstrual discomfort - the very same things that many of you out there are using cannabis for! Coincidence? I don’t think so.
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