Kaneh Bosm - Cannabis in the Bible
Hemp was the anointing oil used in the rites of all Hebrew kings and priests.
Can Christians smoke weed with a clear conscience now it's legal in my home state? Is cannabis smoking a sin? The answer for a surprising number of Christians is yes, and they quote Bible scriptures. Kaneh Bosm as it is called in the Bible was used as a medicinal herb and is quoted in many passages.
Whether you buy into natural cannabis herbal use being OK under God, you need to accept some scholar's translation of the Hebrew Bible. You will also be the type of person that doesn't believe what the Federal Government has been saying for the past 70 years (before that hemp and cannabis medicines were perfectly legal in the US.). Few Christians know that all farmers in the original colonies were required by law, that farmers must grow hemp for its first hundred years of existence. The founding fathers were hemp farmers; Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington.
"The anointment of sacred objects was an ancient tradition in Israel; holy oil was not to be used for secular purposes. The sacred character or Hemp in biblical times is described in Exodus 30:22- 23, where Moses was instructed by God to anoint the meeting tent and all its furnishings with specially prepared oil, containing hemp. Anointing set sacred things apart from secular, normal from the godlike." - Benet, 1975 (paraphrase)
Around 1980, etymologists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem established that cannabis is quoted in the Hebrew Bible by name, Kineboisin and Kannabosm, in a list of several measured ingredients for 'an oil of holy ointment, an ointment to be smeared on the head after the art of apothecary. The word was mistranslated in King James version where Kaneh Bosm (hemp) was written calamus.
"Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published." - Biblical Scholar
Q: Kaneh bosm or marijuana quotes from the Bible...harmful or helpful? Good or bad?
A: A Google search revealed a surprising amount of information on the topic.
Perhaps a lot of people out there want to connect marijuana (cannabis) use to a spiritual practice and are delusional to connect the herbs and oils mentioned in the Bible. This is nothing new. Throughout history, man has been searching for material ways, and justification, to become more spiritual and closer to God.
If you think about it, and know something about the history of marijuana, it was generally legal throughout the world for thousands of years, with the notable exception being America. The pro-marijuana crowd claims that In the 1930's, the foes of marijuana, the industrialists with competing products of pulp and paper, oil, cotton and later the pharmaceutical industry conspired to make cannabis and its non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, off the market.
Bear in mind, that perhaps the majority of Christians think that the federal government is doing a lot of things to discourage, or even prosecute Christians. Certainly Christians that feel offended by the Feds might be willing to consider that cannabis is not what they say it is, an evil satanic substance.
Ancient Cannabis Culture - No Laws Against it in Hewbrew, Arabic or Christian Religious Texts
"Marijuana use has always been somewhat controversial, as far back as the 1920s and 30s. In the '60s, it enjoyed a resurgence with the "hippie movement, " and then fell out of favor in later decades, as it became associated with stronger, more addictive drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. It has been thought to be a "gateway" to more dangerous drugs."
There is some legitimate argument that the marijuana of today is not healthy, in the sense that it can contain very and unnatural levels of THC, and this weed truly gets people very stoned, to the point where they vegetate, and sometimes too much.
The idea that marijuana is a gateway drug is not born out in the statistics, where hard drug use, deaths, domestic violence, DUI all fall in states where marijuana is legal. Certainly Satin is would not like those numbers and statistics.
“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.” - Genesis 1:29 - natural herbs are god's gift
Archaeological evidence, and test results from 2000 year old cannabis from central Asia showed a much more balanced herb, with only 14% of the THC of today's strong strains, and also much higher quantities of CBD (medicinal and non-psychoactive) and other notable quantities of other cannabinoids that provide a much different effect that standard American weed. Perhaps the difference could be compared as the difference between a fine herbal wine and a pint of hard liquor.
Each person has to decide if this substance is good or bad, harmful or helpful. This is something that you'll have to decide for yourself, that is, if you believe in the passage in the Bible where God created man in his image, and granted Adam and Eve free will, a will to choose, hopefully good from evil, but as we all know, not necessarily so.
A mother who reconnected with God after treating her family with medical cannabis.
"I had dropped out of church a couple of years prior to all of this, I think a lot of it was my son's depression and just feeling disconnected from everybody. It just seemed like everybody had the perfect little family and nobody understood depression and there was something wrong with my son and I just felt really alone," Button, who was going through a divorce at the time, said. "Then when I started using the cannabis, I just felt very connected to God again, like I could feel all of the beauty that was in the world and not see all the negative stuff."
In the US, the individual states are mostly for legalization. In fact, more than half the country has legal weed in some form, with many more states following suit. Then there are the Feds who do everything they can to throw monkey wrenches into the process. Who's the evil ones here? You be the judge.
The rightness/wrongness—harmfulness/harmlessness—and the usefulness of marijuana use—like the use of any mind-altering substance, is based on the idea that intoxication leads to one or more of the deadly sins. There is no question that gluttony and sloth can be caused by many things legal and illegal, sugar for example in excess is gluttony and leads to laziness and obesity.
Does it take common sense and an honest examination of one's personal motivation for its use to decide if marijuana is good or evil? Certainly an epileptic child whose life is saved by a tincture contains only non-psychoactive CBD from hemp cannot be evil, not can the parents be evil in saving their child's life, in this way. Correct?
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"(110:1.5) ...But, how unkind knowingly to defile or otherwise deliberately to pollute the physical body, which must serve as the earthly tabernacle of this marvelous gift from God. All physical poisons greatly retard the efforts of the Adjuster to exalt the material mind, while the mental poisons of fear, anger, envy, jealousy, suspicion, and intolerance likewise tremendously interfere with the spiritual progress of the evolving soul." - Does this apply to Cannabis?
**The components of cannabis have been shown to be very good for lung function, pain, inflammation, bone and nerve regeneration, and is anti-cancer - causes tumor cells to suicide.
** If you're in the United States, it's likely because the Puritans that settled here "abstained" from anything that gave pleasure as to not be gluttonous. That thinking still exists today in all sorts of forms.
**Smokey wasn’t lying “God put this on the earth for you and me! Take advantage man.”
** Not all Christians think it's bad. Though a lot do, but there's quite a few I know who don't.
I watched a video of a nun smoking weed with two girls. The whole premise of the video was clashing people coming together with weed. I don't remember who the two girls were. One might've been lesbian or jewish? I'm not sure. Another video was a rabbi, a priest, and a gay guy. it made me really happy haha.
** But the nun was talking to them, and she said "there are very popular theories that the holy oils they spoke of in the Bible, could've been marijuana extract"
**How great would that be if Christians are against it now meanwhile cut to jesus with a supreme hat and a bong
** On youtube there is a vid where self proclaimed “weed nuns” grow and smoke it marijuana. They call themselves nuns because the American government needed to make children’s lunches more healthy. So they declared pizza as a vegetable. So then one of these women said if pizza's a vegetable, I’m a nun. The girl just smokes with the nuns and gets high and talks philosophical type stuff. Same with the video with the gay guy, priest and rabbi.
** For Catholics at least (so 50% of the Christian population across the world), the answer is summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2290 & 2291:2290 The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air. 2291 The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.
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** Chris Bennett takes a look at the fascinating references to cannabis, under the Hebrew name ‘kaneh bosm’ (spelling – qoph nun he’ – bet shim mem) in the Old Testament text that have been suggested by anthropologist Sula Benet and other researchers.. Included is a discussion of the linguistics behind the theory as well as a look at the references in context of the Biblical story line and the use of cannabis by the surrounding cultures who influenced the Jewish cosmology, such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Canaanites and Scythians.
THEN GOD SAID,
I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING
PLANT ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE
EARTH, AND EVERY TREE THAT
HAS FRUIT IN IT.”
How the Old Testament Prophets were none other than ancient shamans, and that cannabis and other entheogens played a very prominent role in ancient Hebrew culture.
Those words seem straightforward enough, and yet cannabis and most other psychoactive medicine plants are outlawed in our society. Those who use these plant gateways to other states of consciousness are jailed for doing so. Ironically, the major force for continuing this plant prohibition is a group referred to as the Christian Right. They claim to believe in both the Bible and old Yahweh, yet Yahweh’s opinion on the matter is stated quite clearly in the above quotation.
Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published.
Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett.
The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims. “There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said. Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”
The Holy Anointing Oil In 1936, a little known Polish Professor, Sara Benetowa (later Sula Benet), did extensive etymological research, showing that both the Aramaic and Hebrew versions of the Old Testament contained references to cannabis as a fiber for rope and cloth, as well as an incense. But most preeminently, hemp was the active ingredient in the Holy anointing oil of the ancient Hebrews, a practice likely adopted alongside with their god, from the earlier cult of Dagon/Ea/Enki/Oannes.
Despite hosting the "Stoner Jesus Bible Study," Button, a "conservative" who twice voted against the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in Colorado, is relatively new to pot use.
She explained that she began using cannabis in January 2015 when she began using edibles to help her alleviate the pain from debilitating migraines. Although she once strongly opposed the use of the drug, her views on marijuana were "softened" when she decided that nothing, expect cannabis, worked to help medicate her 21-year-old severely depressed son.