Jesus may have used a marijuana-based oil to help cure people with crippling diseases. The oil, used in the early Christian church, contained a marijuana extract called kaneh- bosem. Chris Bennett, who wrote an article about this for High Times magazine, says, “The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records. A recipe in Exodus for anointing oil contains over six pounds of kaneh-bosum. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.”

He points out that some of the patients Jesus heals appear to have epilepsy. “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.”

“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” says Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University. “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism… would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”

Bennett says, “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.”

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