Jesus used CANNABIS oil to perform healing 'miracles', controversial expert claims

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Jesus and his apostles may have used cannabis oil to perform healing 'miracles', according to a controversial historian.

Author David Bienenstock claims cannabis was widely available across the Middle East 2,000 years ago and people of the time used it to treat the sick and infirm.

Holy anointing oils used in the early days of the Christian church contained kaneh-bosem, an ingredient Bienenstock suggests 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.

Many historians dispute the contentious claims, arguing that evidence kaneh-bosem was a cannabis extract is so weak it is not worth pursuing.

Bienenstock, author of a number of books encouraging the use of marijuana, says healing practices based around cannabis oil were common 2,000 years ago.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: 'Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time - they would've known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties.

'There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn't have been available to people in Jesus' time - it's simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin.'

Anointing oils were regularly used by the Christian church of the time to treat the sick and elderly by rubbing them directly onto the skin.

A number of people believe an ingredient used in some of these oils may have had psychoactive properties and could have featured a cannabis extract.

The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus contained almost 3 kilos (6lb) of an as-yet unidentified herb referred to as keneh-bosum.

Most historians think the herb refers to calamus - a root extrac also known as 'Sweet Flag' that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

Some argue that keneh-bosum, which was extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs, was cannabis or a cannabis extract.

Cannabis researcher Chris Bennett wrote in an article in the US drugs magazine High Times: 'The Ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.

'The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records.'

Bienenstock added that anyone healed by cannabis-lined oils would have see the practice as a 'miracle'.

'Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle.'

Bienenstock even claimed Jesus himself would have taken cannabis

However, as one person points out: "If cannabis oil can restore sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cure leprosy/eczema/psoriasis etc, heal disabled limbs, raise the dead to complete health, reattach severed appendages (without surgery), why hasn't it been introduced before to the NHS? Perhaps because Jesus didn't use our need it!"