Word Origin & History

cannabis

1798, from Cannabis , Mod.L. plant genus named (1728), from Gk. kannabis  “hemp,” a Scythian or Thracian word. Also source of Rus. konoplja,  Pers. kanab , Lith. kanapes  “hemp,” and English canvas and possibly hemp.

Cannabis in the Bible

Whether or not the plant in this following section is actually Cannabis (due to linguistic barriers and translations) or not is irrelevant. God made it and put it here for our appropriate use as seen in Genesis. The following is to stimulate contemplation and research. It may bring the scriptures and the ancient Hebrew into a perspective not commonly seen in modern day religion. I don’t want to do like many, taking and using the scriptures out of context. I’ve seen those that try to make their case for Cannabis use the bible and they are just way off, unfortunately many don’t study their bibles. I’m here to point out where in the scriptures references to Cannabis are made. This is more to stimulate you to study it in the scriptures for yourself, and have a glimpse of how in the history of Israel this plant was utilized. Unfortunately we lose a lot of meaning and wealth from words in modern translation and in our language and dialect due to the numerous translations that have occurred over the thousands of years. But slowly we are learning and gaining more facts and truths as we continue to study and examine. Look at how the Church has changed since the days of Constantine. Luther nailed the 95 thesis onto that Catholic Church door and there has been an on going progression ever since. In the dark ages, only high ranking church officials were able to read and study the bible, this took much time and money. You were told what it said, or so you thought. You were told what to believe. Thank God today we can read and study for our selves, with a chance to hear from God’s Word.          

Around 1980, etymologists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem confirmed that cannabis is mentioned in the scriptures, in a list of measured ingredients for the holy anointing oil found in Exodus 30:23.

Anthropologists including, Vera Rubin, have noted cannabis many times in the Old Testament scriptures, used in oils and incense during worship. In 1936 Scholars discovered in the scriptures the Hebrew term “kaneh bosm” as a reference to cannabis. Scholars have noted that the Hebrew texts refer to cannabis within incense and oil being an integral part of religious celebration.  

Exodus 30:23 

“..Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane…”  (ESV)

Aromatic cane in this passage is actually kaneh bosm in the ancient tongue which is what we know as Cannabis. The word kaneh bosm is also rendered in the traditional Hebrew as kannabos or kannabus. The root “kan” in this construction means “reed” or “hemp”, while “bosm” means “aromatic”. The word kaneh bosm has been mistranslated as calamus, a common marsh plant with little monetary value that does not have the qualities ascribed to kaneh-bosm. Some translations say cane, calamus, and a few other variations, but they are all mistranslated. The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible and carried on there-after.  

“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 kaneh-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.” Exodus 30:23

It is noted that the Assyrians used hemp as incense in the seventh or eighth century B.C. and called it ‘Qunubu’, a term apparently borrowed from an old East Iranian word ‘Konaba’, the same as the Scythian name ‘cannabis’. In the ancient Judaic world, the vapors from burnt spices and aromatic gums were considered part of the pleasurable act of worship. As we know, Moses and his priests burned incense and used the holy ointment in the portable ‘tent of meeting’; Tent of the Tabernacle. Many of today’s readers may not think anything of the verses that talk about incense being burned in Jewish worship.

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Let’s Start Over

To understand this plant with a fresh perspective, try and let go of all you think you know about the plant. Lets start over. Fresh, on a clean slate to see it’s purpose here on Earth.

CAN·NA·BIS DEFINITION

Pronunciation:    kan-ə-bəs
Function:   n
1 a cap :  a genus of annual herbs (family Moraceae) that have leaves with three to seven elongate leaflets and pistillate flowers in spikes along the leafy erect stems and that include the hemp ( C. sativa  )

Genesis 1:11-12  “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. “

In the beginning God made it. That’s pretty much all that has to be said about it, it had already been around even before man appeared in the garden.

Then lastly God created man and said to him:

Genesis 1:29 “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. “

If you didn’t know, now you do, as we read here in the scriptures, Cannabis is an herb. If you have never seen it, it grows wild and the herb has seed within its flowers, many. And God has stated to man, “See I have given you herb with seed in itself for you as food.” The fact that the herb has seed is very important. If it didn’t have seed then according to the scriptures it wouldn’t be very important to us. If you believe and read the bible you can clearly see that God has given it to mankind for our service. Food is nutrition and medicine. Yes, you can eat Cannabis. In fact “smoking” is not that old of a concept, it’s fairly young. The original intent and purpose of the herb is for food and oil. Cannabis can be cooked and also made into tea.

Unfortunately many people have ideas about the herb that been birthed out of negative media and hysteria. People are simply misinformed and even scared of something they don’t understand; especially if one doesn’t know what it does and how it makes you feel.

If you never experienced Cannabis, it does not make you see colors, hallucinate, does not make one act out violent, nor alter your mind and personality in a way where you can’t think clearly. It does not lead you into a life of crime, it is not addictive, and it is not a “gateway drug”. These are all false claims hyped up by prohibitionists and we have more then plenty of statistics and medical/scientific studies to prove these claims wrong.

What it does do is relaxes you and provides ample medicinal uses for mankind. The entire herb can be and has been harvested for multiple purposes including fabric, textiles, fuel, and much more. It has been proven to be healthier for us then the synthetic over the counter toxins we have in our cabinets. If opened up nation wide, Cannabis would have a great impact upon our economy, resulting in billions of dollars flowing into our debt—stricken nation. After all, before it was outlawed it was our nations number one cash crop.

Psalm 104:14-15

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth.

Genesis 9:3

“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.”

1 Timothy 4:4

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”

 

Some would even say since Man was created last and then ate of the forbidden fruit that Sin entered the world and now there are things that are bad. Let me address briefly if I may this “bad” issue. When the earth was cursed, as the bible states in Genesis after the fall, the earth was not made “bad” nor were the things that came forth from it. The curse was decay. Death. We die. Everything is on a path to death after the fall. Sin entered in. The wages of Sin is death. Sin = Death. There is physical and spiritual death. We were originally created to live forever, but sin changed that on both levels. Now even though we still may die physically we have been given a chance to live spiritually forever with God.

Jesus made a way for us to the Father through His blood on Calvary. Putting to death death itself! The choice is ours. After our last breath is taken we enter into the Spirit world and our destination is one of two places. A literal Heaven or a literal Hell. Hell is the second death. But it is God’s heart that no one go to hell and be separated from Him. So He made a way at the cross. You may have come to this site to read up on this small matter of cannabis, but more importantly a gift and the most important decision of your life is left before you today. Would you start and begin a relationship with your Creator and Father today? He is not mad at you. He is mad at sin for separating us from Him. The gap is bridged when we say yes to Him. Would you pray today and say yes to Jesus in His name, invite Him into your life, into your heart. Amen.

It’s Illegal

The bible tells us to obey the laws of the land (Romans 13) and God has placed government for our best interest. Granted, we may not agree with many things about our government but it is there for our safety. Others may harshly disagree with this statement, but I speak generally. These men are not perfect and certainly neither are their laws. As Christians it is our role to pray for them and influence our nation toward biblical principles.

Today many states have decriminalized Cannabis and if you are a resident of one of those states legality is not an issue for you. You are subjected to your state laws. Granted Cannabis is still not okay on a Federal level, you are protected by your state (abiding to their laws). Eventually when the majority of States are on board and the mass vote is in favor of legalizing Cannabis, the Federal Government will have to break.

For those that live in states where it is still completely illegal this section may help you better understand this particular issue. We are not covering the reason why it is illegal. But answering the famous objection that is it illegal in general thus making it not okay for a Believer to partake.

– Let me say this so that I am perfectly clear. We as Christians must live in full accordance to the laws set by our government. Obeying the law is a good thing and in doing so our Christ like character shines forth. We are to live peaceably amongst all men and in such a way where no one can find anything bad to say about us as even the Scriptures commend us.

With that being said…

If for whatever reason we break a law of the land we must be prepared to bear the consequences the land requires. You speed, you get a ticket. Stuff happens. We make mistakes. In this sense we may break the law every now and again, knowing it or not, still doesn’t justify breaking any law. No excuse. I’m with you there.

The issue with Cannabis I will consider it a moral one. Laws shoudl be in alignment with our morals which should be in alignment with God’s Commandments. When government clashes with biblical truth I as a child of God will always stand on the Rock. My side is chosen. No questions about it.

Shadrach, Mishach, and Abendigo knew the law of the land and were willing to take on judgement from the king for not bowing down to his image. They broke the law of the land. Of course this went completely against what they knew to be true as righteous men. This is just one biblical example next to many more. Israel had traditions of men that were up held as law of the land and many times were broken by Jesus and the Apostles, but obviously not out of spite, rather walking in what they believed to be true. And guess what many of these men subjected themselves even to persecution without putting up a fight. And changed the world.

Now of course, let us not be confused, the only thing worth living for and worthy of the world changing is for God’s glory. I only make this point in regards to standing up for what we believe to be true. Certainly not some pity, elementary issue like Cannabis, this is completely secondary. In fact it is a shame that I have to spend time and energy into this. I wish brothers and sisters wouldn’t even be questioning the validity of Cannabis and it’s blessing. But someone has to shine light on the matter.

A sin is breaking one of God’s commandments. When you break the law of the land it is not necessarily a sin toward God, but you must be prepared to receive judgement if so.

Was it a sin for a black person to drink from a white person’s water fountain? Or swim at a “white’s only” beach? That was the law back then. Was it a sin that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat? What about Jews doing anything in places that completely outlawed their existence? These are only a couple of examples, but forerunners stood up for what they knew was right. Sometimes we must go against the grain even if its means persecution. Rosa Parks was arrested that day. Sinner? No. Activist.

If the land outlaws meeting together and having church in homes and such, where would you stand? Certainly that would not stop me from fellowshipping with the saints and worshipping God.

Please note even in activism there is no blessing on violence.

There are many laws that the land has passed that is completely contrary to the Word of God.

Fact: Our Declaration of Independence was written on Hemp.

Many of our early Presidents, like George Washington, that were men of Faith are known to have smoked and grow their own Hemp.

It was not until the 1930’s that hemp was outlawed in our Country. Before then, hemp was grown by farmers and common amongst the people. It was a major harvested crop.

Today most of our country is considering legalizing it again, seeing the many benefits for the economy. More than 15 states have made it legal while others are slowly making their way as well. Doctors, judges, congressmen, states men, and many more are speaking out against the false information and negative hysteria that surrounds the plant.

President Jimmy Carter:

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana.”

President Thomas Jefferson:

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”

President John Adams:

“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

President George Washington:

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

Henry Ford:

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

Our Temples

Caring for our Temples. This is a very important section because this is the very point I’m trying to make. I’m one that understands the temple to be very important and needs to be cared for as best as we know and can. I try to find time and ways to exercise, eat healthier, and use products that are natural and organic. After learning about all the many man-made synthetics placed into our foods and daily products I’ve made a conscious decision to be more aware of what I allow into and onto my temple. I would rather go out of my way and pay a little more for what is better for my body and my families.

Yes, I would rather use Cannabis for a headache, then using the many times recalled Tylenol. I would rather refer Cannabis to someone that is in need of a sleep aid, then the highly addictive and abused Xanax, which unfortunately has become popular with our young people whom seek to crush, snort, and inject the pill.

Many synthetics do not naturally link well with our chemistry, our make-up, there bad for us. We were made from the ground and everything God made for us come from the ground; it only makes sense that the more natural approach would be healthier for us.

Food is medicine.

This is a very simple concept, but simple is good. Have we not learned anything from the Indians and other primitive people groups that have been self sustained and preserved for centuries utilizing various plants and natural resources? Many of which live into old age in pristine health. Their organic diet and lifestyle has paid off because they understand that the Earth provides.

Please do not hear what I’m not saying. Modern technology and medicine has had enormous advancements that we should all be very proud of and has done many wonderful things for mankind. But let us not become solely dependent on our technical feats and let us continue to reap the countless benefits that an organic diet and natural lifestyle has to offer. After all there has been a great rise in people becoming more aware of this. There is a health movement on the rise and I can only hope that it is not just a trend. Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and we must care for them as best as we can to honor and glorify the Lord and simply to give Him thanks.

Many religious folk oppose Cannabis so strongly yet continue to smoke cigarettes and live in obesity with terrible exercise and diet practices; it’s flat out hypocritical and doesn’t make sense. Look at the log in your eye before you point at a speck and really research what is healthy or not.

Would you tell someone in dire need of medication that they may not have it? And most medication on the market is synthetic with harsh side effects! Now really think about this, if you were a health care provider, wouldn’t you want to offer the safest, healthiest, and least side effect medication to your patient? Of course!

Many are addicted to coffee and soda pops; caffeine is highly addictive and considered a “drug”. Excessive amounts is terribly harmful to ones health. Others are also addicted to tobacco which has claimed millions of lives to lung cancer.

Cannabis is not addictive (people make it habitual to abuse it) like caffeine or causes your heart to palpitate like your morning espresso does. If there is anything out there for human consumption that is least harmful to your health, Cannabis is up on the list.

 

 

“Yea but its sorcery…”

Paganism and witchcraft, unfortunately, have been around for thousands of years. When we think of sorcery we may have many different images that come to mind. We may imagine a lady with a crystal ball and or even a witch or warlock mixing potions, and these are true.

Sorcery is the pagan art and practice that a person exercises to tap into supernatural powers to obtain the aid of demons. Many times in their practice, substances are self administered in order to make contact with these fallen angels; this would be better known as, Pharmakia. Through these experiences they look to cast spells and see visions. Note the experiences that might take place when one practices sorcery; seeing visions, conjuring and speaking to these spirits, and etc. It is not very difficult to correlate these experiences with psychedelics and link these chemicals with strong psycho active properties. The true culprit of sorcery is in fact hallucinogens.

There are many concoctions and substances that one may find in order to obtain this psychedelic experience, and that’s a whole other topic on its own, but when you really study and look at the properties and effects of organic Cannabis you learn that it cannot and does not contain such properties that lead to hallucinogenic experiences, unless of course someone placed a foreign chemical upon the herb, that’s why I say organic.

It would be the same thing to say that one may use alcohol to get drunk in order to communicate with the dead. This doesn’t make or classify alcohol as an object of sorcery in itself. What we must understand is that anyone can take and use anything to use in sorcery. It’s the ones intentions of how they are to use it (anything) that make’s it wrong.

One puff and your stoned!

Whose talking about puffing? Cannabis has various uses and modalities of intake such as oils used as topicals which can be placed directly on the skin and extract that can be cooked or baked into food as edibles are a couple of other ways that do not involve plum and frankly is a lot less cliche and “scary” then “smoking” it.

But to properly address this statement the matter is not about inhaling or “puffing” but rather the potency.

To understand we must remember that this plant has been made illegal and because of that, opportunity has fallen into the hands of the black market.

In the 1950 Cannabis was extremely less potent then it is today.

During the prohibition of Alcohol the black market was mainly producing moonshine. One drink and your wasted!

There is not an option to seek out anything with normal low properties.

Today many of these plants are hybrids bred to contain high levels of THC, the only component in the herb that makes you feel “high”. Which I will add that Cannabis has finally been bred with extremely low THC for Cancer patients and others that want to receive the many benefits of the plant without that “high” feeling. This will be more available as laws open up in favor of the plant, thus crushing the whole “stoned” topic.

In a world that it was readily available this would not be an issue. You would take according to your limit. Like alcohol.

Another factor that comes into play is our tolerance for the plant. Some people are allergic to certain foods and medications and this is certainly not for everyone. But for those that may introduce Cannabis into our diet, in the beginning your tolerance is extremely low. Remember when you had your first alcoholic beverage? One was enough. After some time maybe it went up to 2 or 3. If you need more then 5 drinks, may I suggest you may have a drinking problem? But seriously, my point is to point out the level of tolerance your body builds up. That is the same with any medication as well.

Can you imagine you see your doctor for a migraine and he gives you a 200mg of morphine?! Absurd!

Obviously you don’t need anything that extreme but a good Doctor will evaluate your symptom and start you off on a low dosage. If that doesn’t help he may bump it up. I’m personally against narcotics such as morphine but just for making a points sake.

People have approached Cannabis in all the wrong ways. With a low tolerance because never having experienced this plant before try to partake something that is high in potency.

If you speak to someone that has been frequently partaking that “one puff” you speak of may not do anything for them.

Moving to the topic of “high” since there is only that word, in alcohol terms lets talk about being “tipsy” not drunk as we know is not where we as Christians will even venture to. But tipsy. As the bible says wine makes a mans heart merry. I know that it is speaking of wine because a drink can make you feel good! Certainly the scripture was talking about wine, fermented grapes, because I can tell you right now that Welch’s grape juice never made my heart merry, it tastes great, but not exactly what we’re talking about here. And if you are one of those that believe the scripture only talks about non fermented grape juice then I suggest you go back and study the scriptures and the history of the biblical times pertaining to wine.

Everyone is effected differently. For me, after one glass of wine I am feeling happy. And that is just one glass! I become extra sociable, I loosen up, become relaxed. Even creativity and deeper thought is cultivated. Others may be effected differently and that is why even so alcohol is not for everyone. I’m sure we have all come across those that become belligerent with drink, people become aggressive. But can I even venture to say that with any amount of cannabis I have never encountered anyone in that frame of mind. I believe wine can be a blessing but it can be a curse. It all falls on the individual and how it is approached. If through experience you’ve had a bad one, simply and maturely discontinue and avoid it but do not slander a thing because of how your effected.

Wine used properly, socially, at dinner, maturely, makes the heart merry. Nothing what so ever wrong with that.

Wine has been proven at low levels of intake to be beneficial. Too much is extremely toxic.

If wine can be used as recreation an make one “happy” then why the hysteria with Cannabis? It can as well make one “happy” as we’ll as all the benefits that come with it! And it’s a food!

The stereotype must come to an end.