DID EARLY CHRISTIANS PUT CANNABIS EXTRACTS IN THEIR ANOINTING OILS?

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Some cannabis advocates claim early Christians, including Jesus himself, put cannabis in annointing oils used to heal the sick and elderly. The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus includes kaneh-bosem, a mysterious herb that some suggest was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Historians and other experts strongly dispute the claims Jesus and his apostles used marijuana.

Lytton John Musselman, a Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, said evidence claiming marijuana was part of the holy anointing oil is 'so weak I would not pursue it.'

He told Vice that keneh-bosum more likely refers to calamus than any psychoactive substances.

'Calamus is a very important component of Ayurvedic medicine and has been shown to have efficacy,' he said.

'For example, in Sri Lanka it is available in any herbal remedy shop and also universally grown in home gardens.

'The North American species was and is so important to Native Americans in the Northeast that land with natural populations is highly sought after.'

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