Mary Jane and Jesus sitting in a tree
Updated: Aug 21
A mini (TINY) exploration into the history of Jesus and cannabis.
Just outside of Pompeii, an ancient pharmacy with psychedelic wine jars from 79AD has been discovered. Made with what seemed to be opium, cannabis, and henbane, these jars were known to be incredibly hallucinogenic. This was around the same time the first generations of Christians entered Rome proving that the two could have easily coexsisted.
So what would Jesus do? Would Jesus drink hallucinogenic wine or smoke that J? Let's look to the story of His life in the Bible:
Plants are good.
Genesis 1:12 NLT The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Plants are food.
Genesis 1:29 WEB God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food."
Overconsumption/intoxication = a sin
As any good German American Christian would want me to say, messages on intoxication of any sort are always referred to as a sin. Proverbs 23:21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Ezekial 16:49 NLT "Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door."
THE MORE SAVORY FINDS
Kaneh bosem was a pungent plant used in the oil Jesus favored for healing and was supposedly the first known term for cannabis.
The Hebrew root 'KaNeH' means reed or hemp, and ‘BoSeM’ means aromatic or spice.
The best modern explanation comes from the Expanded Bible Edition from Song of Solomon 4:14 "nard and saffron [spicy floral scent], calamus [woody odor], and cinnamon, with trees of incense, myrrh [aromatic gum from tree bark], and aloes [a fragrant wood]— all the best spices."
The original Hebrew for the word calamus is kaneh or kaneh bosem meaning sweet calamus.
Exodus 30:23 references fragrant calamus, as well as Isaiah 43:24, Jeremiah 6:20, & Ezekial 27:19. I encourage you to read for context.
Healing balm or CBD cream?
Jeremiah 8:22 "is there no balm in Gilead..?" The Hebrew refers to balsam-plaster or a gum used as a prescription for healing a wound or embalmment of the dead. More commonly applied by a spiritual healer of sorts. Though this passage is written as a parable, it parallels reality for the people of Gilead who needed local plants for healing.
Cannabis has been used for spiritual practices for as long as the plant has been around. As your mind relaxes into the right-brain state, you're able to shift your focus and connect to the divine. Whether religious or not, this has been a cherished practice by lovers of the plant.
I'm going to drop + run because there's incredibly little evidence to prove for or against the fact that Jesus enjoyed marijuana. Cannabis has been around for thousands of years, including the years Jesus was alive. I believe the two crossed paths because of their shared healing abilities, but that's just one stoner's opinion. I encourage you to reflect more on what you've read and always have an open mind when exploring the truth.