Jesus: The OG Stoner

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The beard, long hair, laid-back attitude and constant harping on the power of love and peace…in retrospect, it all seems so obvious.

Rob Hoffman

Conservatives and politicians of the religious-right tend to distance themselves from cannabis, if not outright reject it. But it’s worth asking them: what would Jesus do?

According to Chris Bennet, who’s studied cannabis and religion for more than 25 years, Jesus likely used marijuana to perform some of his healing “miracles.” While cannabis is most commonly smoked today, it seems that Jesus was much more adventurous in his consumption methods. Specifically, Jesus and his disciples used cannabis as an ingredient in his anointing oil, which, lathered thoroughly on your skin, would likely make you feel some type of way.

Naturally, the words “cannabis,” “marijuana” or “dank herb” were excluded from Jesus’ official anointing-oil recipes. But the ingredient that tipped researchers like Bennet off was the inclusion of “kaneh-bosem,” which is essentially an old-timey word for pot.

According to other researchers, like Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University, Jesus’ use of cannabis likely stemmed from his Judaic heritage, a religion in which “there can be little doubt about a role for cannabis.”

In retrospect, it all seems so obvious. His beard, long hair, laid-back attitude and constant harping on the power of love and peace—Jesus was the original stoner. It turns out even if he wasn’t doing magic, we could still learn a thing or two from him. Read the full story here

Rob Hoffman