Marijuana in The Bible: What Does it Say About Cannabis

Marijuana in The Bible: What Does it Say About Cannabis

The appearance of marijuana in the Bible is not something preached on during Sunday service. Generally speaking, the modern-day Christian establishment frowns on cannabis. Many wonder if this was always the case?

Many ancient traditions from around the world used marijuana, both ceremonially and medicinally. It seems reasonable to assume that early Christianity would be no different. The history of cannabis is much different than what the last century would lead you to believe.

The concept of sobriety is closely associated with Christianity. With many of the strict rules about drug and alcohol consumption coming from the highest rungs of the organization. Only Catholicism continues to have any intoxicating substance included in Sunday worship. But the lack of intoxication seems strange when compared to other religious traditions. Around the world, religions have relied on drugs and alcohol for spiritual communication.

Few people know about the perhaps pivotal role cannabis played in the Bible. Marijuana in the Bible makes more than one appearance and is often front and center in the storyline. If you look closely, there are many suggestions that parishioners and members of the church used cannabis.

Is Smoking Weed A Sin According To The Bible?

In the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, there is a clear indication that God surrendered all the natural plants and animals found in the world for humans to consume.

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” (Gen. 1:29)

That means all the plants, including cannabis, were, therefore, on the planet earth for the benefit of humans. Some people argue that God wasn’t speaking about all the plants and animals.

But there is little to support this argument. In Genesis, there is no caveat following the proclamation. There wasn’t a subsequent line saying that humans were supposed to use only certain plants for specific purposes. Instead, the line encompasses every plant yielding seed, which includes hemp.

During Biblical times, people cultivated hemp for a wide variety of purposes. There is evidence of its use throughout Ancient Egypt. They carved the recognizable leaf into their hieroglyphs. In the Middle East, cannabis also played essential roles as a source of fiber and in religious ceremonies. It seems apparent that hemp as a fiber and cannabis as a ceremonial substance were around throughout the Biblical age.

The Anointed One

Christ, or the Messiah, roughly translates into modern-day English as the Anointed One. To anoint means to smear. So, in essence, Christ was the Anointed One and presumably smeared with some form of ceremonial substance. Some experts, including Carl P. Ruck, believe this substance contained cannabis.

In Exodus (30:22-23), there is some evidence about a recipe for the anointing oil used by Jesus and his apostles. Jesus often requested that his apostles (also translates roughly into the anointed ones) prepare this special oil when working with worshippers.

Among the herbs, olive oil and other components, the anointed oil recipe calls for six pounds of kaneh-bosm. Most agree that Kaneh-bosm is actually cannabis. According to Biblical scholars, The apostles smeared this potent and aromatic anointment oil on themselves and others, under the direction of Jesus. There is even a strong possibility that Jesus himself used it.

The usage of anointing oils was quite widespread; religious leaders even used in instead of water during baptismal ceremonies. The Kaneh-bosm was to be used immediately before or after the initiation, or what we now know as the baptism. Water baptisms did not replace a good drenching with oils until much later.

After Jesus died, his disciples continued to anoint worshippers with this potent mixture containing what is thought to be cannabis. It was smeared on the sick and needy, triggering miraculous healing. Considering what we now know today about the many medicinal qualities of marijuana, this is an interesting connecting.

The Healing Power of Cannabis

Marijuana in the Bible, as evidence in the ceremonial herbal concoctions, could be some of the first records of cannabis as medicine. After-all, ill members of early Christian sects were advised to call on the elders of their community to anoint them with oil in the name of Jesus.

Cannabis, when absorbed into olive oil, quickly absorbs into the skin. Through this method, it’s still used today in balms, salves and massage oils to treat a variety of illnesses.

Some postulate that people healed through the miracle of Christ may have been healed through the miracle of marijuana. The most common ailments treated in the Bible, including epilepsy, eye issues, skin diseases, and menstrual problems, are some of the same illnesses treated with cannabis today.

Marijuana in the Bible

There is, of course, no direct proof that Jesus and his disciples used cannabis for healing, but it seems possible. Even the simple fact that other cultures in the same region relied on the healing powers of marijuana indicates the knowledge was there. Plus, there are some tentative links in the scriptures of cannabis as a ceremonial oil with miraculous healing powers.

Experienced cannabis users know that marijuana use has few adverse side effects. Compared to alcohol, Which is regulated in great detail throughout the scriptures, cannabis is much different. There are limited ways through which it may be considered sinful. Perhaps the reason why marijuana in the Bible is not as regulated is that its effects are much gentler. It is a healer, after all.

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33 responses to “Marijuana in The Bible: What Does it Say About Cannabis”

  1. Avatar Gale Anthony says:

    I always said God put weed here for medical use and other reasons some like to eat it drink and smoke it.Its a relaxing pleasure and helps the pain and axitity

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    • Carla Robinson says:

      I have never heard of anyone drinking marijuana. It’s not good for anxiety for everyone. It makes me feel anxious.

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      • Jenson says:

        Look up ‘bhang’, it’s a really old (1.000 BC!) South Asian recipe for cannabis-infused milk. As for the anxiety, may I suggest CBD-rich cannabis or just using pure CBD products?

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      • Shaun says:

        You would need a plant profile that was tailored to your need. We are able to do these things nowdays.

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      • Scott S says:

        Only because you clearly have limited knowledge. Juicing and drinking raw Cannabis is one of the most beneficial ways (health wise) to consume it. Oh and it won’t get you high. Please do your research so you may know what you’re talking about.

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    • Rufus G Warren says:

      God? Christ was invented long after the destruction of the Hanging Gardens. These people had not learned to bath. I conjecture, hypothermia, iff last to leave the ice age; else, stinky.

      Maybe they were not invited! But, an Ark full of animals. Can you imagine the odor! Who makes up $hit like that, unless ya High!

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    • Larry says:

      Psalms 104 verse 14: I put grass on the earth for the cattle and herb for the service of man…

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    • Ss@ says:

      I don’t think there is any problem with using cannabis but seriously, this article is pure opinion and speculation. Very creative but with no real findings ir research to show biblical use. Pure manipulation at best. Good writing!

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  2. Linda Spencer says:

    I believe God gave us weed,but John did baptize Jesus in the river,not with oils.

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  3. Chouchou says:

    Jehovah God indeed created all the variety of plants and many of them for our pleasure and healing. But the author of this article gives wrong ideas about Jesus from Nazareth and his disciples. Nothing concrete in this article. Very dissapointed.

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    • Natalie says:

      I agree with you. The author definitely twisted his assumptions about healing properties out of context and inferred that “perhaps” it was marijuana and not Jesus’ supernatural healing. It’s one thing to say that maybe there was marijuana in the annointing oil but totally blasphemous to try and sway people to think it was anything less than the healing of Jesus and the Holy Spirit post death/resurrection. Also, annointing with oils did not take the place of water baptism at any time. It serves a different purpose completely most of the time.

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    • John says:

      Who is jehovah

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      • Betty says:

        Palms 83verse18 tells us that Jehovah is God’s name and he is the most high over all the earth.

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      • Brandon says:

        OK, so as a Biblical scholar, I will tell you that neither the word Cannabis or Marijauna or any form of these words in any language is used in the Bible. Everything in this article is conjecture used to justify the use of what is still illegal in many states.
        Furthermore, Scripture tells us that drunkenness is a sin, that means any I toxicant because my joy and fuldillment should come from Christ alone.
        Now I am not saying that cannabis does not have medicinal qualities, but I am saying there is not direct Biblical evidence that says it was used by Christ or anyone in Scripture.
        And nothing tells us that the marijuana plant was in Eden. Please do not spread conjecture or assumption as Biblical evidence.

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        • Lynn says:

          Almost everything in the bible is parables. Not much is revealed clearly or distictly with direct revelance to anything specific, generalities mostly. GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. The best selling mixture of all time based on fact and fiction. 😉 Yet, this seed bearing herb that has sooooo many good qualities was created and not mentioned directly. Translations bury, disguise, and taint the original texts that the Catholics have not destroyed or hidden. The truth of all this will be revealed when it no longer matters…..hence the death of this body when my spirit is in the light and all these trivial things will no longer be a concern 😉

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  4. Cyn says:

    Interesting article, disagree that God said animals were meant as food for humans though. Plants and seeds for food. We are supposed to be stewards of the earth and her creatures, not murderers.

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  5. Ann says:

    I agree God did make all plant’s. Our Lord Jesus Chrust did the healing. Read your Bible. It did not say Jesus smoked weed .

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    • Johnny Feelgood says:

      Read the article, it never mentioned Jesus smoked weed. It says how he used it as an ingredient in anointing oils. The act of smoking cannabis wasn’t the common method to use it for most people in the past in the first place.

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    • ADP says:

      The author of this article didn’t say Jesus smoked weed.

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  6. Alan Springer says:

    Silly article that gives no evidence whatsoever for Marijuana, there is far better evidence for the medicinal use of cannabis. It is well documented that the oil of anointing was generally olive oil and we know that not every tree is good to eat. Genesis is a book of symbols, be careful making sweeping unsubstantiated statements.

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  7. curt jester says:

    I don’t believe the Bible has smoking or supports smoking in its contents.

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  8. Dan th' Man says:

    Very interesting points of view. I believe that the author is just offering up his interpretation of the scriptures. So, I feel obligated to remind all of you “biblical scholars” that the ENTIRE BIBLE as we know it has been INTERPRETED, BY MAN, many MANY, times. Not saying anyone is right, anyone is wrong. I am a Christian who follows the God of MY understanding , in the way I interpret his will for ME. Lots of bumps in the road, sometimes I think my God has a twisted sense of humor, but it always works out. If you DONT think God has a sense of humor, tell him about all of the big plans and big things you’re going to do by YOURSELF tomorrow. Let me know how that works out for you, heh heh heh!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    • T says:

      Isaiah 55:8 8″For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

      Weed is not biblical. It actually takes away from our relationshihp with Christ, and that has and is proven for the majority of people. Its a psychological drug that makes people think irrationally so they interpret their own understanding and not Gods. Weed is a worldly lust that has done more harm than good, although people say it helps the economy, he hurts people spiritually.

      1 Corinthians 6:12 – All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

      2 Corinthians 4:4- In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      Philippians 2:21-For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

      1 John 2:15- Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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    • Gigi says:

      Great comment!! I couldn’t have said it better myself lol

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  9. tom says:

    tbh whoever wrote the bible must have been high af to come up with so many over exaggerated stories (my opinion)

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  10. Lynn says:

    Deciple ask jesus is it OK to drink wine reply a small glass is okay Deciple is it okay to do other things like wine jesus it is okay as long as it does not change your thinking.so weed is 100% no

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  11. wes says:

    I have often thought if God did not put it here then it wasn’t meant for us

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  12. Joses Bafai says:

    The consumption of cannabis is mot a sin but smoking is cos of the damage it does to your body. Causing harm to your body is a sin

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    • Art says:

      Bullshit. It cleans out your lungs, especially good if your stupid enough to smoke tobacco. I’m 69 yrs old and have smoked pot since I was 18, tobacco from 14 to 30 and my lungs are now perfect! tobacco paralyzes the cilia which are the fibers in your lunge responsible for cleaning. Marijuana stimulates the cilia hence cleaning them. You should do some research before you post!

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  13. Doc says:

    LIke tobacco, today’s cannabis has been bred and refined to deliver well over 100x the active ingredient (THC or nicotine) the “natural” plant contained. Neither one is “God’s plant” any more, and neither one is particularly “good” for you.

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  14. Michael Mims says:

    I read this article while high.

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