Sacrament Wars! (Episode 39)

Scott Littleton yokatta at
Tue Jan 7 18:35:52 EST 2003

Yes, this makes eminent sense to me.  I've long been convinced that cannabis played an important role in many ancient belief systems, including that of the Greeks as well.  Indeed, the so-called "noxious vapors" (cf. Lucan, et al.) that surrounded the Delphic Oracle's Pythia while she sat on the tripod was possessed by Apollo were almost certainly produced by burning cannabis directly beneath the manteion, or divination chamber.  This seems to have been a secret the Delphic priests picked up from the Scythians, who, as Herodotus reports, regularly fumigated themselves with smoke from burning hemp seeds (see my article "The Pneuma Enthusiastikon: On the Possibility of Hallucinogenic 'Vapors' at Delphi and Dodona," ETHOS 14:76-91, 1986).  That the Hebrews, especially Hebrew mystics & healers, like Yeshua ben Yosuf (aka in Latin as "Jesus") also made use of this psychotropic substance is extremely probable. Thus, in effect, Jesus, John the Baptist, and others of that ilk, like the Pythia and the Scythian shamans who used cannabis in their rituals, were all probably "stoners"!


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Subject: Sacrament Wars! (Episode 39)

Pubdate: Mon, 06 Jan 2003
Source: Guardian, The (UK)
Copyright: 2003 Guardian Newspapers Limited
Contact: letters at
Author: Duncan Campbell, in Los Angeles
Cited: High Times
Bookmarks: (Spiritual or Sacramental) (Cannabis - Medicinal)


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? 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.



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