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Cannabis linked to Biblical healing

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  • Thomas Daniel
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2633187.stm Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil to help cure people with crippling
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      Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil
      to help cure people with crippling diseases, it has been claimed.
      Researchers in the United States say the oil used in the early days of the
      Christian church contained a cannabis extract called kaneh-bosem.

      They suggest the extract, which is absorbed into the body when placed on the
      skin, could have helped cure people with a variety of physical and mental
      problems.

      The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological
      records

      Chris Bennet

      The author of the article, published in the US drugs magazine High Times,
      says his findings are based on a study of scriptural texts.

      Wide use

      The article does not question the validity of the miracles reported in the
      Bible but rather examines whether the early Christian Church may have made
      use of substances with an active medical effect.

      They do not rule out the role played by blind faith in Christ.

      Chris Bennett said cannabis was widely used at the time to heal the sick.

      "The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological
      records."

      He said the ancient anointing oil contained high levels of cannabis extract.

      "The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the
      recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum - a substance
      identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and
      other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil
      along with a variety of other fragrant herbs.

      "The ancient annointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture."

      Miracles

      Mr Bennett suggested the drug may have played a role in some healing
      miracles carried out by Jesus and his disciples.

      He wrote: "In the ancient world, diseases such as epilepsy were attributed
      to demonic possession.

      "To cure somebody of such an illness, even with the aid of certain herbs was
      considered exorcism or miraculous healing.

      Jesus often becomes the final hope for the pharmacologically impaired

      JesusJournal.com

      "Interestingly, cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of
      not only epilepsy but many of the other ailments that Jesus and the
      disciples healed people of such as skin diseases, eye problems and menstrual
      problems."

      Mr Bennett said the findings suggested that it was unchristian to persecute
      people who used cannabis.

      "If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient Christian
      anointing oil, as history indicates, 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."

      However, Christian groups in the United States have rejected Mr Bennett's
      claims.

      They have insisted that the arguments made in the article are lame.

      In a response to the article published on JesusJournal.com, critics said:
      "As many of us know firsthand, Jesus often becomes the final hope for the
      pharmacologically impaired."

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