For those who don’t believe, try not to be mingy commenters…read the information and talk about that rather than debate whether or not there is a god.
Meanwhile there is some evidence that Jesus in the bible may have used cannabis oil as part of his healing.
I’ve blogged about miracle cure for Charlotte Figi, and there are many others experiencing the same with the legalisation of cannabis in some states.
Tales of âmiraculousâ healing through the use ofÂ highly-concentrated cannabis oilÂ have been circulating within the global marijuana community for almostÂ ten years, but they only broke into the popular consciousness this August, when Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, offered millions of viewers a painful apology for previously dismissing mounting evidence in favor of medical cannabis, describing himself as having beenÂ âsystematically misledâÂ on the subject.
Then Dr. Gupta introduced the world to six-year-oldÂ Charlotte FigiÂ from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who used to suffer 300 gran mal seizures per week, even after cycling through every anti-seizure medicine in the pharmacopeia and enduring a series of painful procedures that left her unable to walk, talk or eat. Those seizures started when Charlotte was just three months old, and yet in all that time, not one medical professional ever so much as mentioned cannabis. Her parents only learned the herb might help treat Dravet’sâthe rare, intractable form of epilepsy tormenting their childâby watchingÂ a videoÂ on Youtube, and even then only decided to try it after all else failed.
The first time they gave their daughter a dose of wholly plant-derived non-psychoactiveÂ high-CBDÂ cannabis oil, her seizures ceased for seven straight daysâa completely astonishing response. She’s now down from more than 1,200 major seizures per month to just two or three mild ones. Towards the end of the CNN segment, as Charlotte happily pedaled her bicycle, her father asked, âWhy were we the ones that had to go out and find this natural cure? How come our doctors didn’t know about this?” Â
But did Jesus use cannabis oil to heal. Perhaps, Vice explores:
Now imagine Charlotte Figi living not in modern day Colorado, but in the Middle East, roughly 2000 years ago. Whether an object of pity, scorn, fear, or fascination, that poor young girl likely would’ve been thought to be demonically possessedâher deeply religious community would have had no concept of epilepsy as we know it today. At least until the day a stranger came to town, calling himself Jesus of Nazareth, but named by his disciples as Christâa Greek word meaningÂ the anointed.
Following the recipe for holy anointing oil found in the Old Testament (Exodus 30: 22-23), this healer of local renown would infuse nine pounds of a plant known in Aramaic asÂ kaneh-bosm(fragrant cane) into about six quarts of olive oil, along with essential extracts of myrrh, cinnamon, and cassia. He would then apply this unguent concoction topically to the infirm, allowing it to absorb transdermally.
According to conventional Biblical scholarship, the â250 shekels ofÂ kaneh-bosmâ listed in ancient Hebrew versions of the Old Testament supposedly refers to calamus, but Chris Bennett, author of the 2001 bookÂ Sex, Drugs, and Violence in the BibleÂ claims that this is a misconception, and likely a misdirection as well, one stemming from a perhaps willful mistake made the first time the Old Testament was translated into Greek.
Kaneh-bosm, he writes, was cannabis.
The first solid evidence of the Hebrew use of cannabis was established in 1936 by Sula Benet, a little known Polish etymologist from theÂ Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw. The word cannabis was generally thought to be of Scythian origin, but Benet showed that it has a much earlier origin in Semitic languages like Hebrew, and that it appears several times throughout the Old Testament. Benet explained that “in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant.â
Benet demonstrated that the word for cannabis isÂ kaneh-bosm, also rendered in traditional Hebrew asÂ kanehÂ orÂ kannabus. The rootÂ kanÂ in this construction means “reed” or “hemp”, whileÂ bosmÂ means “aromatic”. This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel…. and has been mistranslated asÂ calamus, a common marsh plant with little monetary value that does not have the qualities or value ascribed to kaneh-bosm. The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, theÂ SeptuagintÂ in the third century BC, and was repeated in the many translations that followed.
Now that is fascinating. Was Moses up with the play on cannabis? …it seems so.
Kaneh-bosmÂ makes its first, rather auspicious appearance in the Bible as part of the story of Moses and the burning bush, when the revered Jewish prophet gets the holy anointing oil recipe direct from the Lord, along with clear instructions to anoint only the priest classâa restriction later eased to allow kings access as well.
You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, âThis shall be a holy anointing oil to me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on anyoneâs body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman shall be cut off from his people.
Unfortunately for the priests and their erstwhile marijuana monopoly, however, many other competing religions and spiritual paths active at the timeâincluding pagans and those who worshipped theÂ Goddess Asheraâhad their own far more free-flowingÂ kaneh-bosmÂ supply. Cannabis, after all, has been grown as a food crop since at leastÂ 6,000 BCÂ and was well known andÂ widely availableÂ in Moses’s time.
“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,â according to Carl P. Ruck,Â a professor of classical mythology at Boston University who studies the way psychoactive substances have influenced humanity’s spiritual development.
And now to Jesus:
But if water served as the catalyst for Jesus’s spiritual ascension, why does he never perform a baptism? Why take the name Christ? And why anoint his flock in oil before sending them out to anoint others, as described inÂ Mark 6:13:Â They cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.
To those who believe that Christ used cannabis oil, the answer lies in non-canonical Christian texts. The canonical texts of the New Testament, that is the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc, were not selected as such until around 325 years after Jesus’s death, when the Roman Catholic Church culled them from a large number of contenders in hopes of uniting all of Christendom under one bannerâtheir own. The Church then sought out and destroyed every account that differed from their now official version of events. Allowing the very empire Jesus once virulently opposed to seize control over the practice of Christianity for a thousand year period known as the Dark Ages. …
[U]ntil 1945, when an Egyptian peasant digging for fertilizer in a cave unearthed a dozen leather-bound codices inside a sealed jar, aÂ treasure troveÂ purposely buried there by scribes at a nearby monastery sometime around AD 367, when the Church first condemned the use of non-canonical texts.
Within these volumesâmany of which predate the books of the New TestamentâBiblical experts discovered a parallel but radically different telling of the life of Jesus, one that places the anointing ceremony squarely at the center of Christianity. So much so that these various sects were given the blanket name Gnostics (from the Greek word for âknowledgeâ) to highlight their shared focus on first-hand experience of the holy oil as what defines a christian, rather than second-hand faith in scripture or the priesthood.
The Gnostic tractateÂ The Gospel of Phillip, for instance, proclaims that any person who âreceives this unction…is no longer a christian but a Christ.â A transformation then comparedÂ to the placebo act of baptism adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, in which would-be initiates âgo down into the water and come up without having received anything… [Because] there is water in water, there is fire in chrism [an anointing].â
Basically, the Gnostics believed Jesus’s baptism took place, but only as a kind of cleansing ritual, in preparation for receiving holy anointing oilâthe true sacrament. As Chris Bennett writes, âThe surviving Gnostic descriptions of the effects of the anointing rite make it very clear that the holy oil had intense psychoactive properties that prepared the recipient for entrance into âunfading bliss.ââ
Understandably, for children like Charlotte Figi and their families, religion, history, politics, medicine, and the law all must take a backseat to the positive effects they are experiencing treating illness with marijuana. As Jesus said to his apostles after preaching at Lake Galilee:
MarkÂ 4: 21-23
Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, donât you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.
Remember, lamps back then were fueled with oil.