Jesus Christ was a toker. No, this isn’t some attempt by this website to convert the more ecclesiastical internet surfers to toke up when they’re reading the bible. It’s grounded in the real-life readings of ancient religious texts. Read on to find out just how the Big JC and his followers used marijuana to help heal, and propagate the more mystical components of early Christianity.
According to the Guardian:
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 this month.
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 in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled ‘Was Jesus a Stoner.’
Ohhhh. So it’s High Times that’s issuing this decree about Jesus using marijuana for it’s health benefits. But, not so fast with your dismissal. High Times has always taken pains to avoid impropriety in their articles since it’s considered a fringe publication. So author Chris Bennett took pains to avoid biased research. Witness this proclamation from Carl Ruck, a professor of Classic Mythology at Boston University:
‘There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion…Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.’
So what does this mean? Well Mr. Bennett ends with this conclusion:
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.
It’s not a terrible stretch of the imagination to understand his summation. Jesus and his followers used marijuana and marijuana oil to help the sick , and also for their own inclusion in the early cloistered group that came to be Christianity. Jesus is considered God’s son, and marijuana was the bulwark against infirmity and pain for his followers. Thus, fighting against marijuana would pit you against Christ; hence, it’s Anti-Christ.
Now let’s try and make sure the more devout Christians, who believe marijuana is a tool of the devil, don’t decide to burn me in effigy