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  Posted 02 July 2018 - 07:29 AM

Holy smoke: Jesus used cannabis oil to perform 'miracles'
By Tom Fish
Published 1st July 2018
https://www.dailystar.co.uk

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JESUS used cannabis and was an early champion of its medicinal properties, a growing consensus of experts agree.

And acceptance of this theory could help promote the controversial drug's use in treating a range of illnesses.

Cannabis historian, author and journalist David Bienenstock is one who believes cannabis oil even explains the "miracles" attributed to Jesus. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said: "Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time they would've known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties. "There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn't have been available to people in Jesus' time it's simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin." Scholars even point to a cannabis oil recipe in Exodus 30: 22-25: "Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty it shall be a holy anointing oil."

Anointing is understood to mean to ceremonially confer divinity by smearing or rubbing with oil. American Orthodox rabbi and scholar Aryeh Kaplan noted: "On the basis of cognate pronunciation and Septuagint readings, some identify Keneh bosem with the English and Greek cannabis, the hemp plant." Although other authorities identify the "fragrant cane" with cinnamon bark, Polish anthropologist Sula Benet argues that equating Keneh Bosem with sweet cane could be traced to a mistranslation in the Septuagint (the earliest Old Testament translation), which mistook Keneh Bosem, later referred to as "cannabos" in the Talmud (Judaism's Oral Torah), as "kalabos", a common Egyptian marsh cane plant.

Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University, agrees: "There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion." Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he adds: "Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures."

And there are even passages in the Bible where Jesus' treatment of the sick tallies with modern accounts of cannabis oil treating epilepsy.

Mark 6:13, for example states: "They cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them."

As David Bienenstock points out: "Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle."

Mark 6:13 does appear to mirror the reportedly phenomenal response epileptics have had to the drug in modern trials.

Assuming the oil described in Exodus did in fact contain high levels of cannabis, the effective dose of the plant's medicinal compounds would certainly be potent enough to explain many of the healing miracles attributed to Jesus, as marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for everything from skin diseases and glaucoma to neurodegenerative conditions and multiple sclerosis. In addition to arguing that Jesus used cannabis to heal, David Bienenstock posits he may even have used it himself: "Jesus himself was anointed, and if that anointing involved using cannabis oil, then he certainly did use it.

"When you examine the account of Jesus' anointing it is described in terms of psychoactivity - it is described in terms of when Jesus has this profound experience that transforms him. This is a big indication of the centrality of anointing was to Jesus and his flock - that he would take the name 'Christ the anointed'." The word Christ is a Greek translation of the Hebrew messiah, meaning 'the anointed one'."

Chris Bennett, the author of the book Sex, Drugs, Violence, and the Bible, is also a supporter of the cannabis oil theory: "The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records. "If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient Christian anointing oil, as history indicates," Bennett said, "receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians."

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:05 AM

So Christ was a cannabis oil huckster, passing it off as "miracles". Got it.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:30 AM

Oh brother.

LOL

Don't get me wrong - I don't doubt for a second they had (and used) cannabis in those days. It has only been in recent years that people have become so paranoid about its "dangers" (:rolleyes:) But the theory that cannabis was the basis for Jesus' miracles is laughable at best.

Think about it carefully: All the theorists, scholars, historians, professors, etc named in the article agree that cannabis was widely known, widely available, and widely used in that area in those days. That being the case, why would the medical results of its application be viewed by anybody as a "miracle"?

Wouldn't that be rather akin to modern people reacting in amazement when aspirin cured somebody's headache? "Look! He swallowed that pill half an hour ago, and now his headache is gone! It's a miracle!!"

LOL. So...Was cannabis widely available/known/used back in those days? I'm sure it was. Was it the basis for any of the miracles performed by Jesus? Of course not.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:39 AM

And heeere we go! :popcorn:
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:59 AM

Judas was calling for the legalization of weed....Everyone knows what happened to him
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Posted 07 July 2018 - 07:51 PM

View Postfirecoco, on 02 July 2018 - 08:59 AM, said:

Judas was calling for the legalization of weed....Everyone knows what happened to him

He gave back the silver instead of paying his connect?
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