Jesus & Cannabis

See also: Marijuana in the Bible for much more

“Jesus Healing the Blind” from 12th Century Basilica Catedrale di Santa Maria Nouva di Monreale in Sicily.

Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published [in 2003].

The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett [reprinted here].

The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims. “There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said. Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”

Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were “literally drenched in this potent mixture …. Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin”.

Quoting the New Testament, Mr Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels. “If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil 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,” Mr Bennett concludes. (Source:

Bennet isn’t alone in his assertions…

“According to some scholars, cannabis was an ingredient of holy anointing oil mentioned in various sacred Hebrew texts. The herb of interest is most commonly known as kaneh-bosm (קְנֵה-בֹשֶׂם) (the singular form of which would be kaneh-bos) which is mentioned several times in the Old Testament as a bartering material, incense, and an ingredient in holy anointing oil used by the high priest of the temple.

The Septuagint translates kaneh-bosm as calamus, and this translation has been propagated unchanged to most later translations of the old testament. However, Polish anthropologist Sula Benet published etymological arguments that the Aramaic word for hemp can be read as kannabos and appears to be a cognate to the modern word ‘cannabis’, with the root kan meaning “reed” or hemp and bosm meaning “fragrant”.

Both cannabis and calamus are fragrant, reedlike plants containing psychotropic compounds. Rabbinical scholars appear to be divided on the subject; some reject the cannabis hypothesis and others affirm it.” (Source: Wikipedia – Religious and spiritual use of cannabis)

Cannabis vs. calamus:

Debate over the translation of kaneh-bosem


Sara Benetowa discovered that the Kaneh-Bosm or Cannabis is mentioned 5 times in the Old Testament. The first occurrence appears in the Holy Anointing Oil as Calamus, (Exodus 30:23). Sara argued that the translation of Calamus was a mistranslation which occurred in the oldest Bible the “Septuagint” and the mistranslation was copied in later versions.”

If you actually buy the Calamus translation for the Holy Oil, then you assume that God specified in Exodus 30:23 a drug commonly known as herbal Ecstasy. Calamus contains an ingredient called asarone. This is a hallucinogen which is metabolized in the liver as trimethoxyamphetamine which is known as herbal ecstasy. The Middle Eastern version of this plant is far more toxic than its North American Cousin. This is deadly to flies and other insects.

The Exodus 30:23 reference refers to sweet Calamus. If you look at this in the Strong’s concordance where they spell this as qaneh rather than kaneh, they pronounce this as Kaw-Naw, a reed, calamus, and cane are listed as possible translations. The term sweet used in Exodus 30:23 in Hebrew is Bosem. According to the Webster’s New World Hebrew Dictionary, Bosem is perfume; scent. The Concordance: the Hebrew is Bosem #1314, fragrance, by impl. spicery; also the balsam plant:—-smell, spice, sweet (odour).

In some Bibles sweet calamus is translated as aromatic or fragrant Cane. It is where the bosem is fused to the word kaneh or qaneh that the cannabis translation becomes apparent. So then to pronounce this we have kaw-naw-bosem, and is spelled in English qaneh-bosem or kaneh-bosem.

In 1936, Sara Benetowa, later Known as Sula Benet, an etymologist from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences, in Warsaw wrote a treatise, “Tracing One Word Through Different Languages”. This wasa study on the word Cannabis, based on a study of the oldest Hebrew texts. Although the word cannabis was thought to be of Scythian origin, Benet’s research showed it had an earlier root in the Semitic Languages such as Hebrew. Benet demonstrated that the ancient Hebrew word for Cannabis is Kaneh -Bosem.

She also did another study called Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp. On page 44, she states, “The sacred character of hemp in biblical times is evident from Exodus 30:23, where Moses was instructed by God to anoint the meeting tent and all of its furnishings with specially prepared oil, containing hemp.”

On page 41 Sula Benet writes, “In the course of time, the two words kaneh and bosem were fused into one , kanabos or kannabus know to us from the Mishna”. According to the Webster’s New World Hebrew Dictionary, page 607 the Hebrew for hemp is kanabos. (Source)

From “Thinking Baptists” The Holy Annointing Oil

In 1980, a wave of interest in Benet’s work prompted numerous etymologists to agree with Benet’s reinterpretation of the word qaneh-bosm in Exodus. That year, scholars at Jerusalem Hebrew University confirmed her work, noting that the qaneh-bosm was mistranslated in the King James version of Exodus 30:23 as calamus (Latimer, 1988). That same year, Weston La Barre also confirmed Benet’s work, noting further that “the term kaneh-bosm occurs as early as both the Aramaic and the Hebrew versions of the Old Testament, hemp being used for rope in Solomon’s temple and in priestly robes, as well as carried in Biblical caravans”.

More Archaeological Evidence Source

A recent archeological expedition to Israel uncovered scrolls that appear to depict the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. On one of the scrolls is a sketch that shows a man, thought to be Jesus, smoking from a pipe. Below the drawing is the Hebrew word “kineboisin”, which translates to cannabis.

Dr. Isaac Cohen, president of the South Israel Archaeological Society, believes that this is an extremely significant discovery for the theological community. He described the discovery as “a finding that could change the way many perceive the world.” Cannabis is known to have been smoked thousands of years before Jesus’ time, but this is the first evidence to show that Jesus himself may have used the plant.

Not only could this mean that Christian fundamentalist may ease up on their firm stance against the use of marijuana, but they may actually begin to promote its use for an enhanced religious experience. It is the Christian belief that Christ’s followers should emulate him. If Jesus smoked weed, then why shouldn’t everyone else? [Editor’s note: Normally we like to reference the original study, we are still looking for it.]

Reverend Tom Brown shows the healing power of the Holy Anointing Cannabis Oil. Tom is helping Jack Herer, who has diabetes. This recipe comes directly from the Bible. The old measures have been substituted with modern measure (see below).

Editor’s note: I was lucky enough to meet the man videotaping this piece. He was given some of the oil and happened to have it with him. Generously, he shared some with me, enough to coat the tips of 2 fingers. I rubbed it on my back where I sustained an injury years ago as well as on my forehead. Intense heat immediately swept over my entire back and finally, my entire body (even though I was sitting in a cold car and could see my breath). In a few minutes, I was very slightly hallucinating. Everything looked as if it were inside a mandala for about an hour – a truly wonderful experience! I remember feeling noticeably healthier the following day.

Exodus 30, verses 22 – 30

Anointing Oil

22 Then the LORD said to Moses, 23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24 500 shekels of cassia – all according to the sanctuary shekel – and a hin of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. . . .

Converted into today’s measurements:

liquid myrrh 500 shekels 5.75 kg (12.68 lbs)

cassia 500 shekels 5.75 kg (12.68 lbs)

cinnamon leaf 250 shekels 2.875 kg (6.34 lbs)

cannabis flowers 250 shekels 2.875 kg (6.34 lbs)

olive oil 1 hin 6.5 liters (1.72 gallons)

In the traditional method, all of these ingredients would have been mixed with water and then boiled until all the water evaporated. The oil was then strained and ready for use.

How to make the Holy Anointing Oil – by Reverend Tom Brown:

This is the recipe I have used. It is not exactly the same recipe that is listed in Exodus, it has only one ounce of marijuana instead of fifteen ounces. However, this recipe has been used on human beings and used with prayer, worked to relieve pain. I have used this on a man suffering from Aids, another man with severe upper back pain from a pinched nerve, on a woman with severe lower back pain associated with her monthlys, on a man suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and on myself for various pains and abrasions.

1 pint Organic Sesame Seed oil

1 pint Organic Olive Oil

.06 oz Cinnamon bark oil (Cassia) (1 eighth of a .5 oz bottle)

.06 oz Cinnamon leaf oil (1 eighth of a .5 oz bottle)

1 oz of Myrrh Gum

1 oz of Marijuana

This produces an oil that is much less powerful then the original recipe as 2 pints of oil, or one quart of oil, in the original recipe would have 15 ounces of marijuana flowers, not the 1 ounce I have used. All these ingredients except for the marijuana are available at the local health food store here in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

You need a cooking pot and a Pyrex 4 cup measuring cup. Use a cooking pot with a liner/separator so that the container you cook the oil in is lifted off the bottom of the cooking pot. You need a candy thermometer that will clip onto the side of the pot. You need enough Canola oil to use as the heat transfer medium in the cooking pot.

  • Place the pint of Sesame Seed oil in the container with the shredded Marijuana and the Myrrh Gum.
  • Place the jar into the cooking pot, on top of the liner/separator.
  • Place the Canola oil into the cooking pot up to within 3 inches of the top of the pot – or to the same level of the Sesame Seed oil in the jar – whichever is less.
  • Wrap Aluminum foil around the cooking pot lip and crumple it so that the space between the cooking pot and the jar is covered with the foil. This helps cut down on oil fumes and reduces fire hazard from the hot oil. Use an electric stove or hotplate – never use any kind of open flame for this cooking.
  • Place the candy thermometer thru the foil and clip it onto the side of the cooking pot so that the sensing tip is immersed in the Canola oil. The Canola oil transfers heat from the stove to the jar at higher temperatures then boiling water at 212 degrees. You want to cook the oil for one hour at 300 degrees. This extracts the active ingredients from the Marijuana and dissolves the Myrrh gum into the oil.
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool. The glass container is very fragile; do not mess with it until it cools to skin temperature or it will break and you will lose that lot of oil.
  • Strain the oil / herb mixture thru a cloth and discard the solids.
  • Add the Olive oil, Cinnamon Bark (Cassia) oil and the Cinnamon leaf oil to the cooked Anointing Oil and bottle. Store the Anointing Oil in the refrigerator in a dark colored bottle. Decant into smaller jars for use. (Source)

Rev. Tom Brown/

Further reading:

The Anointed

Marijuana and the Bible

Holy Anointing Oil – Wikipedia

Jesus Christ Healed with Marijuana

Kaneh Bosm: Cannabis in the Old Testament

29 thoughts on “Jesus & Cannabis

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  2. The canola oil is only being used to transfer the heat to the other container that is holding the sesame oil and the cannabis. In the biblical version they don’t use sesame oil they use olive oil. You can substitute the sesame oil for either coconut oil or olive oil but the canola oil is not to be used for anything other than to transfer the heat to the inside container… kind of like using a double boiler…

    If you have decarboxolated the marijuana prior you can even do a cold extraction and not use heat at all. That is actually how I make it since the heat does break the oil down a bit. I have yet to use coconut oil in making my oil so far.

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  3. This is the Lord doing and it is marvelous in our eyes the bible says in Revelation 22:1and he showed me a pure river of water of life clear as Crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the lamb 2in the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river was there the tree of life which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation’s


  4. Could it work out only to place the cannabis and the sesame oil and thethe myrrha in a Pyrex glass, sealing with aluminia foil and place in a preheated closed oven at 300 degrees? And let it stand for some 60-70 minutes?


    • nope it was cannabis in the Hebrew it was a cane plant not reed. in some of the English translations it was calamus which is a reed plant. plus calamus makes you sick with an amount that large. kaneh is cane


    • This paper on the harm of marijuana is so far from the truth that it is laughable. I am a bible believing christian, but I cannot agree with the wrong information that is being peddled on this link. These things have been proven wrong and yet they are cited as fact. Very disturbing and misleading.


  5. though Definition is incorporated in my daily walk, I live by MEANING ! those who live by definition-well, where’s their heart ? I am a college graduate, two-time business owner, raised two children, helped raise my first grandchild,home-owner, successfully produced a music CD and sold them . i am a very laid-back human being. Thank you MARY-JANE. hee-hee WOW! there’s alot of mary’s in the world – check it – mary the virgin, mary magdalin, MARY-JANE, oh yeh, let us not forget MARRYIAGE yes
    i said MARRYIAGE (marriage) chew on that. GB2ALL & happy trails

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  6. Me and my husband are biblical historians. We translate English into the Hebrew language to find hidden secrets throughout the bible. We found this years ago that cannabis was used in the holy anointing oil and that when our true ministry started. for five years now we have been in the drug community teaching the lost and broken about Yeshua (Jesus) and smoking the intier time. Cannabis made us very close to our Lord and we could hear from him so clearly. We did more studies to find the apostle used it in hidden chambers and anointed other Christians with holy anointing oil. last October my sister told the cops about us and we were living in our small towns district attorneys house. Even tho we had no cannabis in our house at the time we did have a bowl and handed it over to the officers and sat them down and told them our beliefs and even told them about the hidden Hebrew scriptures. One officer knew about this and the other called us crazy. it’s almost been a year since then and we are now in drug court as fellons for chemical endangerment, because the officers said our bowl was in reach of my two year when it was two foot out of the way. Our church we had has been scattered and we were kicked out of our home that day and was homeless for seven months. The court system bullied us and would even allow us to go to trial and said we would be thrown into jail up to five years if we tried. We are living proofs of Christ’s persecution for teaching the truth. Now me and my husband lost our church and our sacred sacrament and owe our community seven thousand dollars in a year when we make around twelve thousand. Last week we were in our group drug counseling class and we had to write a letter to our drug of choice and tell it good bye. Me and my husband did not tell it good bye and instead said see you later and we both wrote about the holy anointing oil and our sacrament. We had to read these in front of our other class members and when we did our drug counselor go very upset at us and started arguing with us. When ended up starting biblical facts about what we believe and she got very upset because we made her look bad in front of the class. two days after this she made up a new rule if we don’t pay all of our fines up in a month we would go back to jail. Persecuted for Christ is beautiful. 😀

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  7. Ive used an ointment made with cannibis. I had a pinched nerve and the dr gave me an anti inflammatory and a nerve blocker. It did almost nothing for the pain. I didnt want narcotics. I was in serious pain. I have 4 kids and have a residential cleaning business so im on my feet constantly. Anyway a friend gave me some of the ointment. It didnt have an over powering scent and i definately didnt feel high. But the pain disappeared almost immediately. And was gone for the entire day. I worked cleaning houses for 6 hours then went home to take care of my husband and 4 kids and the pain was gone for almost the entire day and night.

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  8. I believe strongly that marijuana has helped me. Its weird. How when I explain this to other people they refuse to understan . I know I understand and trust my knowledge of what I am considerin .


  9. Ive a concern related to the information you provided regarding the holy oil.

    (1) it allpears a shekel may be a unit of measure/currency. If that is so, we would need to know how much sweet cinnamon or cassia could be bought with 250 shekles in that time period. What was the vslue of that currency? Did the cost fluctuate? “Scholars are uncertain what exactly a shekel was, but here is one calculation of its value: the sanctuary shekel was defined as 20 gerahs. A gerah has been traditionally measured as 1/50 of an ounce, or 0.6 gram”

    (2) related to the recipe instructions.

    (a).A resin (i.e myrrh) would best be powdered before hand otherwise the process would be long to get it to properply mix
    (b) I would venture to sY 300 degrees will kills off many of the beneficil natural properties of the ingredients. Try lower temps in 150 range over a longer period of time to release the properties
    (c) you are using the vegetable/canola oil as a even heat dispursement method…basically as a double boiler. For increased safety sake a water bath/double boil method may be more prudent


  10. So Exodus 30:22-30 talks about the holy anointing oil, but then Exodus 30:31-33 talks about how nobody but the priests should ever use the oil, and if they do they “must be cut off from their people”. Is this rendered void because of Jesus Christ? An explanation/elaboration would be appreciated.


  11. I’m at work and must come back to this article and read deeply. My husband and I have recently been pushed to start a ministry, and we believe we were given ALL seed bearing plants. Why would HE give it to us if not to use?


  12. I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.


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