OK, so you already knew that George Washington used cannabis. Now, however, a burgeoning number of experts are of the opinion that Jesus did, too.

This gentleman used cannabis. Photo: Thomas O'Rourke

This gentleman used cannabis. Photo: Thomas O’Rourke

Cannabis was around in that part of the world even before Jesus. The tomb of Pharaoh Rameses II held a mummy containing particles of kief, crystals found on the cannabis plant, and a mummy elsewhere had nearly two pounds of dope. Archaeologists discovered evidence of cannabis usage in Bet Shemesh near Jerusalem. This was the body of a young woman from the 3rd or 4th century that had a fraction of an ounce of cannabis in her stomach, thought to have facilitated childbirth.

Just what was in anointing oil?

In Exodus 30:22-25, God gave Moses the recipe of the anointing oil Jesus used: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, 500 shekels of cassia, 250 shekels of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of q’aneh-bosm and some olive oil. There are historians who believe that q’aneh-bosm was cannabis; certainly, “q’an” could mean “hemp”, and, spoken quickly, “q’aneh-bosm” sounds like “cannabis”. 250 shekels was around six pounds.

Jesus shattered the Old Testament taboo that confined anointing oils to the chosen few (Exodus 30:33), using them liberally for healing and initiation. “Christ” means “anointed one”, so he would have used the oil on himself; Jesus used cannabis. Historian Chris Bennett produced a number of books about cannabis in the course of over 25 years. He stated that “receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians.” He also pointed out that if Jesus and his followers used cannabis, persecuting those who do so is anti-Christian.

Jesus healing

Jesus often accomplished his healings by anointing the sick with holy oil. He treated lesions, the pain of crippled limbs and swollen muscles, menstrual problems, leprosy and epilepsy, which people regarded as demonic possession. These conditions all respond well to cannabis. The Bible is awash with tales of Jesus healing people’s eye problems, and cannabis definitely treats glaucoma. Even today, people might consider the healing abilities of cannabis miraculous, so folk back then would easily regard them as miracles, for which Jesus was famous.

What does the Bible think about cannabis?

The Bible explicitly condemns drunkenness in a number of places that include Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, for that is debauchery …” Elsewhere, it seems to approve of cannabis. There’s Genesis 1:29: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” There’s also Genesis 1:12: “And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.” But the Gospel of Matthew names Jesus’ legal father, Joseph, as the son of David while Luke calls Joseph the son of Heli. This is just one more contradiction. Anyone who rejects cannabis in favour of conventional medications obviously believes vomiting, dizziness, suicidal thoughts or even death are God’s will.

Jesus is commonly thought to have taught people to behave with love and peace. Anyone who has used cannabis will be in just such a mood. Those who are ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED by the suggestion that Jesus used cannabis had better steer clear of articles positing that Jesus was gay.

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