Roll away the stone(d)!

This from The Guardian

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 this month. The study suggests that 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 in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? 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.’

  Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were ‘literally drenched in this potent mixture. Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin’.

  Quoting the New Testament, Mr Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels.

  ‘If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ,’ Mr Bennett concludes.”

…Excellent (dude)! I can hear the religious right spluttering in apoplexy even now. Which can only be a good thing.

17 thoughts on “Roll away the stone(d)!

  1. As a non-Christian pot smoker, I must say that is some interesting stuff! I use to know a guy who found a lot of references to marijuana in the bible and made a good case for the role that Mary Jane played in Jesus’ life (assuming he existed).

  2. Oh, maybe that’s why John Ashcroft had himself anointed.

    On a serious note—High Time magazine, consider the source. Is there other research on the subjects? There may be. If you search this cached article to the phrase “Next only to sex”, I think you may find a serious discussion.

  3. Dude,

    What a bitchin’ article!!  Man that was just so heavy!!!  Jesus probably turned dime bags into a QP too man!!  Awesome!!

    Cut me a break.  When you post something, post something with a real source other than High Times.  Or you could do something really novel, and instead of referring to the article, check out the sources the article relies upon by doing the research on the sources cited. 

    As an off the cuff response, I have some difficulty believing that absorbtion through the skin, which as a general rule is the slowest route to route cannabis through the system, and hence the slowest high, would be the method of choice for the Essenes.  This is especially true, given their cleansy Clara hangup about bathing often.  Talk about blowing the buzz.

  4. I especially like the title Stegbeetle gave it.

    Consi, for a Christian you seem to always be in a bad mood at SEB. I thought the religion was supposed to make people want to be nicer.

  5. I thought the religion was supposed to make people want to be nicer.

    Then why is the religious right so pissy? wink

    Seriously, though, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss anything High Times has to say as stoner babbling. While I am admittedly an (occasional) user of drugs (including marijuana) for recreational purposes, and while I also am a reader of High Times, I understand that the publication’s very title is enough to turn many people away. Nonetheless, the magazine very often puts out highly entertaining (and fascinating) material, and its publishers should not automatically be considered too wasted to make a good argument. If nothing else, the article on cannabis references in the bible is good for philosophical debate.

  6. High Times is a joke!  Everyone knows that if you want reliable information on researched studies, you just turn the TV on to Fox News.  Duh!

  7. I thought it was an amusing story.

    ‘There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,’ Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.

    There’s your source, Consigliere…whoever Carl Ruck is. I presume he tells more in the High Times article, which I don’t intend to seek out.

    On a more, shall I say, freestyle note…how long before this makes it into a rap song?

    ‘I’m like Jesus with da Chronic…
    Spoken smoking I’m a prophet…
    Da flock be freakin on it…’
       

    …or somesuch…heh…Busta Rhymes it’s all yours…lol…ok, yeah I admit it, maybe I smoked a little before this post…heh…somebody somewhere must have rapped about this already, though, seriously…

    My favourite part of the article is Bennett’s conclusion:

    ‘If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ,’ Mr Bennett concludes.”

    High Times getting political on your ass. Holla!

  8. Hey we’ve all seen those giant Hooka Bongs the middle-eastern folk prefer..you cant tell me they smoke Tobacco through those things! wink

  9. Eh.  Maybe He did, and maybe He didn’t.  Both sides have emotional axes to grind (or joints to roll) and the debate is a bit hysterical.

    Apparently most of the discussion concerns Exodus 30:23

    “You must take the finest fragrances, 500 [shekels] of distilled myrrh, [two] half portions, each consisting of 250 [shekels] of fragrant cinnamon and 250 [shekels] of fragrant cane,”

    …where the identity of the “fragrant cane”, keneh bosem in the original Hebrew, is uncertain.  Several scholars, not just promoters of entheogens, have pointed out the possible etymological derivation of “cannabis” from “keneh bosem”.

    Since marijuana has been known and used in this area for thousands of years, it seems to me not unlikely that “keneh bosem” is cannabis.  But I guess we won’t know for sure until St. Peter greets us at the Pearly Gates with a joint and a giggle…

  10. But I guess we won’t know for sure until St. Peter greets us at the Pearly Gates with a joint and a giggle…

    That’d explain why we non-believers haven’t seen manifistations of God.  wink

  11. Hey Ragman, forgive me if I’m misunderstanding your comment, but I have smoked THREE CIGARS worth of very good quality marijuana on top of one another in a one hour period, and I have not seen anything even CLOSE to God, or even a hallucination, for that matter.  And I smoked all day, every day for about a year (a bad habit that I’m currently maturing from), and if anything it made a secular lifestyle more sensible to me.

    Shrooms, on the other hand… well, let’s just say you have to keep in mind that it’s all in the head.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if any of the disciples were trippin’ on that, or salvia divinorum or something of the sort.  THAT will also make you see things.

  12. JoshMan3D, I was implying that they were chillin out, stoned on the couch for the past 2000 years.  In other words, they weren’t out making miracles and what not.

    Took me a few minutes to remember what the hell I was talking about when I saw your comment. smile

  13. In my wayward youth, I did fair amounts of marijuana, shrooms (Psilocybe spp., Amanita muscaria, Paneolus spp., Hygrophorus conicus- there’s lots of entheogenic fungi), and acid;  not only did I never see God, but I never had a hallucination.  Sure, acid and shrooms caused visual disturbances: distorted perspective, heightened colors, geometrization of shapes, etc., but I never once saw something that wasn’t there.  I think you have to give let go of rationalizing to have hard hallucinations, which is something I can’t do easily.

  14. Of course you didn’t see God, because cannabis wasn’t used by Christ to heal.
    Number 1 flaw in this theory—Jesus once helped a man who was paraytic just by speaking too him (no, Jesus didn’t touch the man, so he couldn’t have put oils on him).
    2nd flaw in this theory—Jesus rose the dead. He rose a man named Lazarus, also, just by a vocal command.(Lazarus had been dead and placed into a tomb for 3 days when Jesus arrived in town.)
    3rd flaw in this theory—Jesus knew how He was going to die. He was able to give a flawless account of what was going to happen to Him.
    4th flaw in this theory—It isn’t proven…it’s just a theory.
    Yes, cannabis is a painkiller, but wouldn’t you wonder why people didn’t doubt him? Why they remained permently healed? Someone stated that cannabis explained how Christ healed people’s eyes, but this is uncorrect. According to recovery.org-no scientific evidence indicates that the drug improves hearing, eyesight or skin sensitivity. So, the theory that Jesus used cannabis to heal blindness can’t be used…that’s cutting out alot of miracles.- If Jesus was soaking His disciples in alot of cannabis, then wouldn’t the sentence from the site I wrote down above contridict that statement?-However, some recent studies have found that prolonged heavy cannabis use does cause physical damage to the brain and short-term memory loss has been reported in several investigations.- So his apostles would’ve appeared, if anything, sick.
    I’m sorry, but point blankly, more proof isnt in favor of this theory.

  15. Of course you didn’t see God, because cannabis wasn’t used by Christ to heal.

    No, I didn’t see God because
    a) He didn’t want to show Himself, or
    b) He doesn’t exist.

    I’ll go for b).

  16. The trolling continues, and just in time for my shift to end. Sweet. I see you’ve brought your friends “weak logic” and “unfailing belief” over to this thread, Terry. Ooh, and a little “mock outrage” too. How considerate.

    You know, it’s not that I care if Christ utilized marijuana back in the day … hell, you may be right that he never touched the stuff. You may be right that weed has no healing properties. And just like with the name of the New Jersey Devils…it doesn’t matter at all. But I just can’t stand is the thought pollution:

    Number 1 flaw in this theory—Jesus once helped a man who was paraytic just by speaking too him (no, Jesus didn’t touch the man, so he couldn’t have put oils on him).

    Geez Terry, I mean, you don’t actually think that Jesus’ entire life (33 years was it?) functioned then, as it does now, reduced to a series of singular acts – and nothing more – as played out literally in the bible to be interpreted by “scholars” like yourself? What is Jesus, like a character in a silent film strip for you or something? I mean, are you willing to concede that once, at some time, he might have touched someone else? And if he did do that, is it just possible he could have applied oil to other people…by touching? I hope I’m not blowing your mind, here.

    2nd flaw in this theory—Jesus rose the dead. He rose a man named Lazarus, also, just by a vocal command.(Lazarus had been dead and placed into a tomb for 3 days when Jesus arrived in town.)

    I can just picture it now:

    Stooge #1: “Lazarus. Lazarus. Wake up man. Lazarus! Jesus is calling your name man. Stick to the plan man, this’ll all work out like we planned…you just gotta wake up. Oh comeoncomeoncomeon…wake up. I knew I let him smoke too much chronic. Oh man, Jesus is gonna kill me for this.”

    Lazarus: “Wh..huh…wha…oh…oh…I’m awake, man, I’m awake. Light a candle or something, it’s dark in here….ok ok…yeah, I know, he already said my name. I was having the best dream about a fat guy in a red suit…Ok, here goes…Unnhhhh…man these tomb doors are hella heavy…oh shit, it’s bright out here. Friggin lazers in my eyes. Oh, ok, there’s Jesus. He said there would be a bigger crowd than this. Ok. Yep, there’s the signal. Here I go…BEHOLD! BEHOLD, I AM RISEN!”

    STOOGE #2 (on rock, waving loincloth): “Behold, hoopleheads, Jesus has raised Lazarus, who has been dead for the last three days in this tomb. PROOF! PROOF! HERE IS YOUR PROOF!”

    3rd flaw in this theory—Jesus knew how He was going to die. He was able to give a flawless account of what was going to happen to Him.

    Prove it, theory killer. Without using the bible.

    4th flaw in this theory—It isn’t proven…it’s just a theory.

    This is seriously twilight zone shit. Then, it is Friday the 13th today. But it gets better. I present…Terry’s grand finale…

    I’m sorry, but point blankly, more proof isnt in favor of this theory.

    omg. This can’t be for real. Terry, this screed you wrote – you must share your sect’s regional dialect with the folks working on the Fundie Bot immediately.

    Wait a minute … Is this the beta test? This is the beta test isn’t it? Is FB2006 live so soon?

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