By LeeWEpstein

December 6, 2019


Researchers have more and more data to consider the hypothesis that Jesus Christ may have used cannabis oil in his miracle remedies. The mystery surrounding kaneh-bosem, which went unnoticed among the ingredients used by the Messiah to make the ointment applied to his disciples, has been solved by many expert linguists, botanists, and anthropologists who claim that it is cannabis.

Today, while scientific research and patient experiments have demonstrated the effectiveness of cannabis in countering the side effects of certain diseases and disorders, there is still a large conservative sector that denies the therapeutic power of this plant. Therefore, we should tell these unbelievers that 2000 years ago, in the Middle East, Jesus Christ may well have used cannabis for the miracles told in Christians’ sacred books. 


Although hypotheses on this subject have existed for several decades in some scientific and historical circles, as new data are discovered, theories on the subject are becoming more and more widespread. Scripture data supports the fact that the Messiah used cannabis in his rituals, but researchers continue to review these documents to find new and stronger arguments. For example, according to what is described in the Old Testament, the healer called Jesus of Nazareth prepared an ointment to which he added 4 kg of a plant known in Aramaic as kaneh-bosm, with olive oil and extracts of myrrh and cinnamon.

And although most of the ingredients that made up this potion are familiar to everyone, what kaneh-bosm was remained a mystery. However, the researchers researched to determine what the surprise ingredient of this beverage was that Jesus applied topically to the patients he met and treated. Now, undoubtedly, we can affirm that these herbs used by Jesus of Nazareth for his balms were nothing more than cannabis.

kaneh-bosm = Cannabis

In fact, the first evidence was discovered by Sula Benet, an etymologist at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw, who wrote a book entitled “Tracing one word through different languages”, which consisted of studying the word cannabis, analyzing the oldest Hebrew texts. She was able to demonstrate that, although the word cannabis has always been considered to come from Scythian civilizations, it seems to have an older root in other Semitic languages, such as Hebrew.

And Professor Benet’s discoveries went so far that she was able to demonstrate that the old Hebrew word for cannabis was none other than kaneh-bosem, which appears up to 5 times in the Old Testament. “In the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament, there are references to hemp and incense, since it was an important part of the religious celebration,” explained the etymologist. The root kan means in this construction cane or hemp, and bosm comes to explain the aromatic side of this plant.

What happened was a translation problem, since the word was translated by calamus, a plant growing in ponds and which, in addition to having little value, does not have the medicinal properties attributed to kaneh-bosm. They even managed to locate when this translation error occurred, since it was during the translation into ancient Greek of the Bible (into Hebrew), the Septuagint which dates back to the 3rd century AD. Moreover, this error was also made in the following ones, hence the confusion about this ingredient in the ointments Jesus was preparing.

More arguments

In addition to this translation problem, other arguments and some evidence show that this kaneh-bosm is indeed cannabis since it is not only an etymological question. Historians who have studied the subject have also pointed out that the most reasonable thing is that this ingredient should be cannabis. This is the case, for example, of Carl Ruck, Professor of Classical Mythology at Boston University, who states that “there is no doubt about the role of cannabis in the Judaic religion”.

Obviously, the great availability and long tradition of cannabis in early Judaism inevitably includes it in Christian mixtures,” he points out. This means that knowing that Jesus grew up as a Jew, it is logical to think that through his learning and the great presence of this herb, he would use it in the ceremonies during which he was healing. Indeed, these practices left testimonies in the scriptures themselves: “they drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them”. according to the passage of St. Mark 6:13.

So ,the doubt that crossed the minds of some researchers was whether these balms, which closely resemble those currently used by those suffering from epilepsy, glaucoma or skin cancer, had a psychoactive effect on their patients, or whether they were only therapeutic. The latest studies on the subject indicate that THC, the cannabinoid responsible for this effect, could also be absorbed through the skin. That’s why Chris Bennett, author of a book on cannabis, sex, and violence in the Bible, points out that those who used these ointments also felt the psychoactive qualities of cannabis. “The Gnostic descriptions of the effects of the rite of anointing clearly state that the sacred oil had intense psychoactive properties, which prepared the recipient to enter this indescribable world,” Bennett said in his story.

In short, if that were not enough, more and more data and arguments are emerging to support the theories of those who claim that Jesus use cannabis in his miraculous care. And to think that today, some people still doubt the therapeutic properties of this plant…

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