References to marijuana in the Holy Bible, True or false?

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Image of God offering a marijuana plant to a sick disciple
Image of God offering a marijuana plant to a sick disciple



In this life you can decide from which side to see things … You can see it all white or all black, the glass half full or half empty, and even interpret the signals as it suits you. What is clear is that cannabis is one of those things that has followers who think it is good or bad … And what better to solve these doubts about good and evil, than the Bible. Or maybe we will find more questions than answers, I don’t know, but in this article we are going to look at the possible references to cannabis in the Bible.



⭐ Issues That Cannot Be Denied



The use of cannabis in the Old Testament becomes less surprising when you consider that this plant has been popular at some point with every culture that has discovered its intoxicating properties.

Hemp has been smoked and ingested under various names (hashish, charas, bhang, ganja, kif, marijuana) in eastern countries, in Africa, and in the Caribbean area for recreation, pleasure, healing, and ritual purposes. They have been important sacraments for groups as diverse as the Indian Brahmins, various orders of Sufis, Native Africans, ancient Scythians, and Jamaican Rastafarians. (Grof 1984)

Noting the widespread religious use of hemp throughout the ancient Middle East, among the Babylonians, Assyrians, Scythians, and Hebrews, as well as the early spread of its cultic use from northern Europe, Siberian Asia, China In India, Asia Minor, and Southeast Asia, the famous anthropologist Weston La Barre suggested that “Cannabis was part of a religious-shamanic complex from at least the Mesolithic Era, paralleling an equally ancient shamanic use of soma .. . “(La Barre 1980)

* image of a passage from the bible that may refer to cannabis *
* image of a passage from the bible that may refer to cannabis *



⛳ Research promoted by divine inspiration


Chris Bennet, a Canadian worker, one day in the middle of the 1990s while smoking a joint, claimed to have had a “mystical” experience. Following this event, doubts arose about the nature of cannabis and its relationship to religion.

He began an arduous research on cannabis and mystical experiences and ended up writing a book without any academic training entitled: “Green gold, the tree of life”.

His work was recognized in many countries for its quality in research, and has had both followers and detractors, and this issue always creates controversy.

In Spain we also have our own private “Chris Bennet”: Iñigo Montoya de Guzmán with his book “The Bible and Cannabis”. Iñigo Montoya tells us about his research on the Old and New Testaments, in an entertaining and entertaining read, as well as informative.

This university professor spent a lot of time consulting the works on the Bible, to find a link on it and cannabis. The teacher does not pretend to demonstrate facts, but rather suggests and points about them. The result is an exciting book, where we will discover curious findings, some difficult to prove but turn out to be more than suggestive …



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✨ Connections found for a long time It


Must be said that a One of the pioneers in seeking a meaningful link between God and cannabis was Sula Bennet, who graduated in anthropology in 1935 from the University of Warsaw, a few years later in 1944 she got her doctorate from Columbia University.

The anthropologist, in 1936, at a seminar in Warsaw, made known for the first time her theory that “calamus” in the Bible was “hemp”. According to Dr. Bennet, in the original texts of the Old Testament, there are references to cannabis, according to her in the incense of religious celebrations.

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Research promoted by divine inspiration*



🚀 Misunderstanding


He also documented his Aramaic translation of the Old Testament, where hemp is referred to as Kaneh bosm, or in ancient Hebrew as Kannabos or Kannabus. The word Kaneh is used alone or linked to bosm in Hebrew and it means aromatic. Kan is cane or hemp and bosm means aromatic. In Sanskrit it is written as canna, in Arabic as kannab, etc … This word appears in Exodus 30:23, as an ingredient of the anointing oil, in Song of Songs 4:14, in Isaiah 43:24 …


Mention in the Exodus 30:23:

“Take chosen aromas: pure myrrh, five hundred shekels; of cinnamon, half, or 250; aromatic cane, 250; of cassia, five hundred, in shekels of the Sanctuary, and a sextarium of olive oil. With it you will prepare the oil for the sacred anointing, aromatic perfume as the perfumer prepares it. This will be the holy anointing oil. With it you will anoint the Tent of Encounter and the Ark of the Testimony, the table with all the utensils, the lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin with its base. Thus you will consecrate them and they will be a most sacred thing. Everything that touches them will be sanctified. ” (Bible 1976).


In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, they translated it as cane or sweet cane, it is thought that it is badly translated, because the cane does not smell of anything, and it was not used to make oils, if not for construction, so the Researchers are believed to have referred to cannabis as sweet cane



✅ A really surprising similarity


It is said that throughout history these words Kaneh and bosm ended up joining together forming a single word, Kannabos or Kannabus. It must be said that the similarity of these words with that of cannabis is quite evident. In Latin,is written calami or calamus and the truth is that this plant does exist as such, but it is a plant native to swampy areas, a very common plant without much value, hence it is thought that it was an error of interpretation that it originated in the oldest Greek translation into the Hebrew Bible.

It should not really surprise us that marijuana appeared in the Old Testament, since in many religions and cultures cannabis has been very popular both for its medicinal power and for its intoxicating power. Both in eastern countries, as in Africa or the Caribbean, for recreational and ritual purposes. Research indicates that the Old Testament Israelites were surrounded by peoples who consumed this plant, just like the ancient Greeks.

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🔥 Bible verses that can refer to cannabis


Genesis 1:12

The earth produced vegetation, plants that give seed according to their species, and trees that bear fruit in which their seed is, each according to its species. And God saw that he was fine.


Genesis 1: 29-31

And God said: “Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant that is on the face of the whole earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You will have them as food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that crawls on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant as food. “And so it was. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


1 Peter 5: 8

Be sober; be attentive. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.


Ephesians 5:18

And do not get drunk with wine, because that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.


1 Peter 4: 1-6

Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves in the same way of thinking, because whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased to sin, to live the rest of the time in the flesh, no longer for human passions, but for life. God’s will. Because the past time is enough to do what the Gentiles want to do, live in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drunkenness and lawless idolatry. Regarding this, yes They are surprised when you do not accompany them in the same torrent of debauchery and they defame you; but they will give an account to the one who is willing to judge the living and the dead ….


Titus 2: 1-8

But as for you, teach what agrees with sound doctrine. Older men must be sober, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and firmness. Likewise, older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or slaves to too much wine. They must teach what is good, and thus teach young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, hard-working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, so that the word of God is not valid. revealed …


Psalm 104: 14-15

You make grass grow for cattle and plants for man to cultivate, to produce food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his heart shine face and bread to strengthen the heart of man.


1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not yours, because you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


Romans 13: 13-14

Let us walk like day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrels and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to satisfy its desires.


Exodus 30: 22-29

The Lord said to Moses: Take the best spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, and half of aromatic cinnamon, that is, 250 and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary and a hint of olive oil. And you shall make of them an oil of the sacred anointing, mixed as by the perfumer; It will be the oil of the holy anointing. With it you will anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the testimony…


1 Timothy 4: 1-6

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith dedicating themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, due to the insincerity of liars whose conscience is seared, who forbid marriage and demand abstinence from food that God created to be received with thanksgiving from those who believe and know the truth. Because everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer …


Revelation 22: 1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, brilliant as crystal, which flowed from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the city street; also, on each side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruits, which bears its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.


Matthew 15:11

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. ”


Romans 14: 1-23

As for the weak in faith, welcome him, but do not fight for opinions. A person thinks he can eat anything, while the weak person only eats vegetables. No despise the one who eats the one who abstains, nor the one who abstains judge the one who eats, because God has welcomed him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? It is before his own master that he rises or falls. And he will be sustained , because the Lord can sustain it. One person believes that one day is better than another, while another believes that all days are equal. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind ….


Exodus 30:23

“Take the best spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, and half of perfumed cinnamon, that is, 250 and 250 of aromatic cane. ”


Genesis 1:29

And God said:“ Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.


Hebrews 6: 7

For you have it. The man who has drunk the rain that often falls on it and produces a useful harvest for those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.


Proverbs 31: 6-7

Give cider to the one who is dying, and wine to the bitter; Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.


Ezekiel 34:29

And I will provide renowned plantations for them so that they will no longer be consumed by famine in the land, and will no longer suffer the reproach of the nations.


Psalm 73: 7

His eyes swell with fat; their hearts are full of madness.


Isaiah 43:24

You have not bought mecane with money, Nor have you satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have loaded me with your sins; you have weary me with your iniquities.


Song of Songs 4:14

Nardo and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all the frankincense trees, myrrh and aloes, with all the chosen spices.


Exodus 29:25

Then you shall take them from their hands and burn them on the altar on the burnt offering, as a pleasant aroma before the Lord. It is a food offering to the Lord.



🎯 Conclusion


As I said at the beginning, perhaps this reading has left you more questions than answers … I in particular have! It has always been known that Jesus Christ had a healing power, made the blind see, made the mute speak … There are biblical texts that prove it, but what if Jesus Christ not only healed with divine help? What if as a child of God he had the knowledge of what healing herbs could alleviate ailments? To say goodbye I leave you a couple of writings about it that invite you to reflect.

Jesus traveled all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing all sickness and disease among the people. His fame spread throughout Syria, and all those who suffered from various diseases, those suffering from severe pain, the demonized, the epileptic and the paralyzed, brought him to him.”(Matthew 4: 23-24)

He went out Jesus from there and reached the shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee. Then he went up the mountain and sat down. Large crowds, carrying the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many more sick people, approached him and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. People were amazed to see the mute speak, the crippled regain health, the lame walk, and the blind see. And they praised the God of Israel. “(Matthew 15: 29-31)

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