An article in High Times magazine called “Was Jesus a Stoner?” argues that Jesus Christ may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil in order to help cure people of such ailments as skin diseases, eye problems, menstrual problems and even epilepsy. Author Chris Bennet says that his conclusions are based on scriptual texts and claims that the medical use of cannabis during the time of Christ is supported by archaeological records. “The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum - a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs,” claims Bennet. Researchers believe that the keneh-bosom extract, which is absorbed into the body when placed on the skin, could have helped cure people of a variety of physical and mental problems.

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