We know that Jesus used special anointing oils with almost magical power to heal a variety of diseases from skin diseases to eye infections. What he may have used in these oils, however, is still under scientific scrutiny.
While linguists and historians deal with the etymology of the words used to describe the mixture in the Bible, on the other hand, botanists are trying to figure out which plants he might have used that might have been so powerful.
One of the theories is that the crucial ingredient used was cannabis oil.
David Bienenstock, an advocate for usage of cannabis in medical purposes, is one of the strongest proponents of this theory.
He commented exclusively for the Daily Star: “There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn’t have been available to people in Jesus’ time – it’s simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin.”
The reason for this theory is that cannabis has been known among humans for quite some time. An Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II’s tomb was discovered with a mummy containing kief, tinny crystal particles covering the cannabis plant. Jesus precedes its use in religious purposes.
Cannabis is celebrated and revered as a sacred plant in Hindu texts as far back as 1400 BC. All points to the fact that this plant has a long history of spiritual usage, making it easy to believe that it could have been used by Jesus as well.
The Daily Star cites historian Carl Ruck, Boston University Professor of Classical Mythology, on the relationship between cannabis and Judaic religion. He says: “In Judaic religion, there can be little doubt about a role for cannabis. Obviously, it would inevitably have been included in the[ Christian] mixtures by easy availability and long-established cannabis tradition in early Judaism.
The whole theory is mostly based around a specific chapter in the Bible, more specifically Exodus 30: 20-25:“Then the Lord said to Moses, Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of q’aneh-bosm, 500 shekels of cassia– all according to the sanctuary shekel– and a hind of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer.
It will be the sacred anointing oil.”The mysterious plant q’aneh-bosm that is also referred to as “keneh bosm,” lead some historians to believe that it could indeed be cannabis. Chris Bennet, a historian of cannabis and an author of several books on the topic, refers to work of Polish etymologist Sula Benet.
Benet claimed in 1936 that the root of the word “Kan,” actually means hemp, “bossom” meant aromatic. However, this word was also translated as “fragrant cane” and therefore equated with cinnamon bark.
Benet worked on disputing this theory because of a false translation from the earliest Old Testament version, which equated “keneh bosm” with “kalabos,” an Egyptian marsh cane.
This theory is not widely accepted, and the disputes are again directed on the significance of the plant listed in the recipe.
Several historians believe that this plant is calamus, which has been and is still being used for medical purposes.
Musselman, a theory critic that Jesus may have actually used cannabis oil to perform his miracles, also believes that the recipe plant must have been calamus. It is important in Ayurvedic medicine and even growing in private gardens in some parts of the world.
However, proponents of this theory such as Benet have strong reasons to believe in it as archaeology and history have shown us that a lot of people and religions used cannabis for medicinal purposes.
If it would be true that Jesus actually used cannabis for healing his followers, it could significantly influence the current debate about cannabis use. This is the reason why people such as Benet and Bienenstock are so vocal about it.