Jesus Used Cannabis Oil
Anyone at all familiar with the New Testament knows it’s filled with stories of Jesus performing miraculous healings.
And while many have interpreted these stories as evidence of divine intervention in the lives of the faithful, scholars have now suggested there may be another possible explanation: Jesus may have used cannabis oil to heal the sick.
One of the leading proponents of this theory is Carl P. Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University.
Ruck has spent years studying the role of psychoactive substances such as cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, and others in religious practices and spiritual experiences.
Based on his studies, Ruck thinks there’s a high likelihood that cannabis played a role in early Judaism, and that religious uses of the plant may have carried over into Christianity.
“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Ruck explained.
“There is no way that so important a plant as a fiber source for textiles and nutritive oils and one so easy to grow would have gone unnoticed.”
“The mere harvesting of it would have induced an entheogenic reaction”—that’s the term he came up with to describe the process of using psychoactive substances to tap into spiritual experiences.
Much of the theory that early Jews used cannabis as part of their religious rituals comes from verses in the Old Testament where God directs Moses to make a sacred oil using something called “kaneh-bosem,” which linguists and other scholars have said can be translated as cannabis.
Use of this holy oil became an important tradition within early Judaism and was passed down until the time of Jesus’ birth.
According to the theory put forth by Ruck and others, Jesus most likely incorporated the use of holy, cannabis-derived oils in his own spiritual ministry. In fact, Christ is not a last name at all—it’s a title meaning “the anointed one.”
This title could suggest that Jesus may at some point have been anointed with the oil—he may have had it physically applied to his body—as part of a religious ritual, which he may have then continued performing for others.
The story becomes even more intriguing when you consider that a significant portion of the miracles recorded in the New Testament had to do with Jesus healing people who had problems with vision, epilepsy (which was understood back then as being possessed by evil spirits), and other similar health conditions.
Very often, these healings were accomplished by anointing the sick with some sort of holy oil—very possibly the same cannabis-derived oil mentioned in the Old Testament and at the root of the religious title “Christ.”
Modern-day uses of medicinal cannabis follow strikingly similar lines: it’s often used to create CBD-rich oils that have proven particularly effective in treating glaucoma (the same thing as the “blindness” described in the Bible?), epilepsy, and cancer.
Ruck and others have put all the pieces together—Old Testament references to holy anointing oils that were made using cannabis, Jesus’s spiritual title referencing a connection to that same holy oil, and his use of sacred oil to perform miraculous healings—to suggest that Jesus may in fact have been one of the earliest documented cannabis caregivers.