"Early man experimented with all plant materials
that he could chew and could not have avoided discovering the properties of
cannabis , for in his quest for seeds and oil, he certainly ate the sticky tops
of the plant.
Upon eating hemp, the euphoric, ecstatic and
hallucinatory aspects may have introduced man to the other-worldly plane from
which emerged religious beliefs, perhaps even the concept of deity.
plant became accepted as a special gift of the gods,
a sacred medium for communion
with the spiritual world and as such it has remained in some cultures to
the present."- Richard Evans Schultes
Sativa and Cannabis Indica are closely connected with the history and
development of some of the oldest cultures on Earth having been cultivated by
humans for tens of thousands of years primarily for its strength as a fiber,
its medicinal uses and its nutritional value.
Both Cannabis Sativa and
Cannabis Indica, originating in the temperate zones of central Asia, played
significant roles in the religions and cultures of Africa, the Middle East,
India, and China.
Carolus Linnaeus came up with the name for hemp in
Latin botanical nomenclature "Cannabis Sativa" in 1753.
Linnaeus chose the word Cannabis based on the classical Greek word "kannabis"
which was originally derived from the
Sanskrit word "cana."
The Hebrew word is "kaneh-bosem" (pluralized ; singular is kaneh-bos).
The third syllable "bis" derives from "bosm" or the Aramaic "busma"
which translate to fragrant.
Cannabis is fragrant
The word " Sativa" comes from Latin and means "sown" or
Prehistoric teeth show people ate medicinal weeds
Chinese use cannabis for
rope, clothing, bowstrings, paper and medicine.
Early Chinese doctoring
is based on the concept of
If a person were ill,
it was because some demon had invaded his body.
The only way to cure
him is to drive the demon
The shaman doctor
did his utmost to find some way of getting the upper hand over the malevolent
demon believed responsible for an illness.
the Chinese continued to
rely on intentional magic in the fight against disease, they also
gradually developed an
appreciation and knowledge of the curative
powers of medicines.
2700 BC Emperor
Shen-Nung, the Father of Chinese Medicine, concerned about his suffering
subjects looks to plants for alleviation.
Shen-Nung tries refined
alkalines and their antidotes on himself and compiles the medical encyclopedia
called, Pen Ts'ao.
The Pen Ts'ao list hundreds of drugs derived from
vegetable, animal and mineral sources.
Among these drugs is the plant
Ma is unique because it is both
feminine, or yin, and masculine, or yang.
Yin represented the weak,
passive, and negative female influence in nature while yang represented the
strong, active, and positive male force.
Yin and yang in balance - the
body is in harmony and healthy.
Yin and yang out of balance - the body
is in a state of disequilibrium and ill.
Ma is used to treat absences of yin, such as:
(menstruation), gout, rheumatism, malaria, beri-beri, constipation, and
BC In India bhang is a symbol of hospitality.
A host would offer
a cup of bhang to a guest.
Atharvaveda (12:6.15) calls bhang one of the
"five kingdoms of herbs which release us from
were compiled in the early Indian Iron
Age, c. 1200 to 1000 BC, corresponding to the early Kuru
Taken in early morning, the drug is believed to cleanse the
body of sin.
1000 AD Chinese physicians use
cannabis in the treatment of "wasting diseases and injuries", adding that it
"clears blood and cools temperature, it relieves fluxes; it undoes rheumatism;
it discharges pus".
Japanese use cannabis for
ceremonial purification to drive away evil spirits.
|"Odoriferous trees surrounded
Among these there was a tree of sweet pungent aroma.
Its leaf, its flower, and its bark never wither, and its fruit is
Its fruit resembled the cluster of the palm.
Michael said, "Enoch, why do
you inquire respecting the odor of this tree?"
Enoch, replied, "Concerning everything I am desirous of
instruction, but particularly concerning this tree."
me, "The tree you behold
resembles the seat of the Lord when he shall descend to visit the earth
That tree of an agreeable smell there shall be no power
to touch and the Fruit of the
Tree shall be given to the Elect.
The sweet odor shall enter into their
bones; and they shall live a long life on the earth as your forefathers
have lived; neither in their days shall sorrow, distress, trouble, and
punishment afflict them.
I blessed the Lord, the everlasting King, as
He created this tree for
saints, formed it, and declared that He would give it to them." - Chapter
24, Book of Enoch
"Followers of Shiva have to consume bhang at least once a year.
The drink, which intensifies perceptivity, induces visions and above
all leads to extreme mental concentration.
It is widely used by Yogis.
Details concerning its preparation are found as early as the Vedic
The description of the way soma was prepared and its immediate
use without fermentation, can only apply to bhang and is identical to the
method employed today."- Alain Danielou
followers of Yahweh must get drunk once
O king Soma,
O Soma which the
priest carefully prepares.
High with power that is real,
its flowing blends together,
together blend the fragrances
of the fragrant,
purifying you by the formula, O wild god.
Flow, O elixir, for Indriya all around!
There where the priest,
O purified Soma,
Speaking the language of poets,
Is exalted by
Soma, holding in his hand the stone,
ecstasy for himself through Soma.
Flow, O elixir, for Indriya all around.
Persian word bhanga is almost identical to the Indian term bhang.
Mirceau Eliade recognized
Zoroaster as a user of
bhanga who relied on its intoxication to
bridge the metaphysical gap between Heaven
One of the surviving books of the Zend-Avesta, called
the Vendidad, "The Law Against Demons", in fact calls bhanga Zoroaster's
"Amongst other cannabis
initiates can be counted the Zoroastrian heroes Gustap and Ardu Viraf, who
after drinking bhang, 'where transported in soul to heaven and had the highest
mysteries revealed to them'.
These ancient out of body experiences are
classic examples of what is known as 'shamanistic ecstasy' or 'shamanistic
that the soul actually left the body in theses magical rituals, resulted in
the belief that this occurred also at the point of death, giving rise to
a belief in an
afterlife." - Chris Bennet
Egyptologists agree that cannabis was used by the ancient Egyptians in their
Mention of cannabis is made in the following Egyptian medical
The Ramesseum III Papyrus (1700 BC)
Papyrus (1600 BC)
Papyrus (1300 BC)
The Chester Beatty VI Papyrus (1300 BC)
used as an offering to the
As the sun set, Egyptian worshippers would burn this fragrant
preparation to the Sun God Ra,
praying for his return the
Kyphi applied on the skin to heal wounds, is a
relaxant and an aphrodisiac.
Unlike the ointments of the Assyrians the
Kyphi was a rather solid and wax like concoction.
suggested more than 50 natural ingredients for making the Kyphi, the most
popular probably being:
Aloeswood, Benzoin, Cannabis Resin, Cardamom
Seeds, Cassia, Cedar, Cinnamon, Copal, Frankincense, Galangal Root, Ginger,
Honey, Juniper, Lemongrass, Mastic, Mint, Myrrh, Orris, Pistachio, Raisins, Red
Wine, Rose Petals, Saffron, Sandalwood, Storax Balsam.
In temples of
the ancient world, the main
atonement is inhalation of incense.
defined as the perfume or smoke from spices and gums when burned in
celebrating religious rites or as
an offering to a deity.
Bronze and gold incense burners are cast very early in history and
their forms are often inspired by cosmological themes representing the
harmonious nature of the
"In the Judaic world, the vapors from burnt
spices and aromatic gums
were considered part of the
pleasurable act of worship.
In proverbs (27:9) it is said that
'Ointment and perfumes rejoice the heart.'
Perfumes were widely used in
have been unearthed in Babylon and
Palestine, which have been used for burning incense made of aromatic wood
While the casual readers today may interpret such practices as mere
satisfaction of the desire for pleasant odors, this is almost certainly an
error; in many or most cases, a psychoactive drug was being inhaled.
the islands of the Mediterranean 2,500 years ago and in Africa hundreds of
years ago, for example leaves and flowers of a particular plant were often
thrown upon bonfires and the smoke inhaled; the plant was marijuana." - Edward
Preble and Gabriel V. Laurey
Kaneh-Bosem, 'Fragrant Cane',
played an integral part of healing rituals during the time of Jesus and was
considered a holy sacrament.
Jesus of Nazareth used cannabis based
oils to heal eye and skin diseases.
Christ derives from being anointed with cannabis enriched oil.
a classic Greek term, cannabeizein, which means to smoke cannabis. Cannabeizein
frequently took the form of inhaling vapors from an incense burner in which
these resins were mixed with other resins, such as myrrh, balsam, frankincense,
and perfumes." - William A. Embolden, Jr.
The Greek title
"Christ" replaced the Hebrew word "Messiah", which in English becomes "The
is recognized by being anointed with the holy anointing oil, the use of which
was restricted to the instillation of Hebrew priests and kings.
Anointing was common among Kings of the Levant.
It was the sign and symbol of royalty.
The word 'Messiah' signifies
the 'Anointed One', and none of the Kings of Israel were styled the Messiah
The ancient recipe for this anointing oil, recorded in
the Septuagint book of Exodus
(30: 22-23) included over nine pounds of flowering cannabis tops extracted into
a hind (about 6.5 litres) of olive oil, along with a variety of other herbs and
The ancient 'chosen ones' were literally
drenched in potent
cannabis holy oil.
"No other plant has been with humans as long as
It is most certainly one of humanity's oldest cultural
Wherever it was known, it was considered a functional,
healing, inebriating, and aphrodisiac plant.
Through the centuries,
myths have arisen about a divine mysterious plant.
have revered it as sacred.
The power of cannabis has been praised in
hymns."- Christian Ratsch
Every prophet must be initiated.
The higher self
must be awakened and made conscious of a mission to fulfill.
Ritual lustrations preceded most
Essenes' liturgical rites,
the most important being
participation in a sacred meal.
The central focus of the early Christian
church was the Eucharist or the "body and blood" of the Lord.
was interpreted as a fellowship
meal with the Resurrected Christ.
In meeting the Resurrected
One in the Eucharist meal the
Christian community had the
expectation of entering the Kingdom of God.
Biblical story of Creation, God said, "Behold, I have given you every
herb bearing seed and to you it will be for meat." (Genesis 1:29)
Cannabis is a herb considered 'spiritual meat' in the ancient
|Scientists identified a
genetic mutation in modern humans that allows certain toxins, including those
found in smoke, to be metabolized at a safe rate.
The same genetic
sequence was not found in other primates, including ancient hominins such as
Neanderthals and Denisovans..
"And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a
an offering made by fire,
a sweet aroma to the
I would not that ye should
be ignorant, how that our fathers were under the cloud, and
all passed through the sea; And were all
baptized unto Moses in the Cloud and in the Sea; And did
all eat the same spiritual meat:
for they drank of that Spiritual Rock
that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." - I
This passage in Corinthians suggests the spiritual
cloud resulting from the burning of
incense was instrumental in the baptism of the Israelites.
baptism is compared to "eating and
drinking" of the spirit of Christ.
Throughout the ancient world sacramental communal meals
involved the tribal god as a participant in the
meal for not only providing the food consumed to
enliven the food with the divine
essential spirit that sustains life.
The communion sacrifice was one in
which the deity indwells the oblation so that the worshippers actually consume
The original motive of offering is an effort to give
thanks and commune.
Sacrifice of life as a "sacrament"
has value only in the sustenance of life.
Spirit is defined as the active essence of
God serving as an invisible indwelling life sustaining and motivating
Scripture makes it clear that the sacrificial cloud of smoke
containing the Spirit of
God is instrumental in inspiring, sanctifying, and
Knowledge and healing are two
aspects of the same life-force.
To be healed by the 'Holy Plant' is
to receive divine knowledge and be cured.
James says anyone of the
Christian community who is sick
should call to the elders to anoint him with oil in the name of
The Twelve are sent out
among their fellow-men casting out demons and anointing the sick with oil.
The Ancient Hebrews used cannabis in 12 ways: as paper, cords,
clothing, sails, oil, fishnets, sealant, food, ceremony incense, relaxation,
"And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as
crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of
down the middle of its broadway. And on the side of the river and on that
side there were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their
fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the curing of the
nations." - Revelation 22:1-2
Canaan, the ancient home of the
Israelites, is a form of "Cana," derived from cannabis and "Cana".
The Three Wise
Men who came to usher in the birth of Jesus were Zoroastrians, who believed God
gave hemp as a gift to mankind.
"The anointing with oil was the introduction of
the candidate into unfading bliss,
thus becoming a Christ."
"There is water in water, there is fire in chrism."
(Gospel of Philip).In the first few centuries AD,
Christian Gnostic groups such as the Archontics,
rejected water baptism as
superfluous, referring to it as an "incomplete baptism".
tractate, the Testimony of Truth, water baptism is rejected with a
reference to the fact that Jesus baptized none of his disciples.
"anointed with unutterable anointing", the so-called "sealings" recorded in the
Gnostic texts, can be seen as a very literal event.
1150 Moors use cannabis to start Europe's first paper
1300 The city of Callosa de Segura in Spain
is the largest producer of hemp-made goods.
Widespread belief in cannabis as a magical herb leads to it
condemnation as a tool of
Innocent VIII condemns cannabis outlawing it use.
Users are condemned and burned at the stake as
1564 King Phillip II orders
hemp to be grown throughout the
into their midst so that he might anoint them with the ointment. The ointment
is the mercy of the Father. Those whom he has anointed are the ones who have
become perfect." - Gospel of Truth
"Holy oil, given us for sanctification, hidden mystery in which the
cross was shown us, you are the unfolder of the hidden parts. You are the
humiliator of stubborn deeds. You are the one who shows the hidden treasures.
You are the plant of kindness. Let your power come by this [unction]." - Acts
Mesopotamian use went far beyond the spiritual.
medicinal properties of the plant were well known as noted in the
groundbreaking paper by cannibinoid expert Dr. Ethan Russo, 'Clinical
Cannabis in Ancient Mesopotamia: A Historical Survey with Supporting Scientific
Dr. Russo records that numerous topical applications of
cannabis for medical purposes can be found throughout ancient Mesopotamian
Interestingly, records of topical ointments used in the
treatment of "Hand of Ghost" an ancient malady now thought to be
cannabis as a key ingredient.
Ancient Mesopotamian preparations that
included cannabis were also used in the treatment of certain diseases of
the chest and lungs,
swollen joints and
a variety of other
During the Middle Ages, soldiers often
took a drink of bhang before entering battle, just as
Americans took a swig of
1600 British Monarchs required all
landowners throughout the British Empire to grow cannabis to rig the naval
1700 Cannabis preparations began appearing
in medical reference texts as a
treatment for coughs, general
pain and as an analgesic to soothe
1800 Various forms of
cannabis are available for purchase in a chemist's shop.
A pill form of
cannabis is developed and used as an antibiotic and painkiller.
the Civil War use of cannabis is
popular and socially acceptable.
British find the use of cannabis so extensive in colonial India, that they
commission a large scale study.
British physicians are concerned that
cannabis is endangering the health of the native people and
Over 1,000 standardized interviews are conducted throughout
India by eminent British and Indian medical experts.
The commission is
systematic and thorough.
It samples a large and diverse group of people
in a range of situations, from farmers to
After years of detailed work, The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission
Report produces six volumes of data and conclusions.
were particularly concerned with whether or not cannabis caused
After years of through and well
conducted research, The Commission concludes that suppressing the use of herbal
cannabis (bhang) would be totally unjustifiable:
"To the Hindu the
cannabis plant is holy.
A guardian lives in the bhang leaf.
see in a dream the leaves, plant, or water of bhang is lucky.
thing can come to the man who treads underfoot the holy bhang.
for bhang foretells happiness.
Bhang has many medicinal virtues.
It cures dysentry and sunstroke, clears phlegm, quickens digestion,
sharpens appetite, makes the tongue of the lisper plain, freshens the
intellect, and gives
alertness to the body and gaiety to the mind.
Such are the useful ends for which in the Shiva
Bhang is the Joygiver, the Skyflier, the Heavenly-guide,
the Poor Man's Heaven, the Soother of Grief.
No god or man is as good as
the religious drinker of bhang.
The supporting power of bhang has
brought many a Hindu family safe through the miseries of famine."
is so common in some parts of India that it can be found in
government licensed street
1907 Merck Index lists that use of Cannabis seeds for
emulsions to be used to relieve the effects of gonorrhea.
1909 "Hemp seed, in infusion, has been found very useful in
after-pains, and in the bearing down sensation accompanying prolapsus uteri. -
King's American Dispensatory
seed oil is) rubbed with water form an emulsion, which may be used
advantageously in inflammations of the
mucous membrane - US Dispensatory
Today, as in ancient times,
cannabis has been used to treat many different ailments including glaucoma,
epilepsy, skin afflictions, arthritis, sickness, nausea, headaches and cramps
to name a few.
system is the most important physiologic system involved in establishing
and maintaining human health.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are
found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands,
and immune cells.
In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs
different tasks, but the goal is always the same:
homeostasis, the maintenance
of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external
Autophagy, a process in which a cell
sequesters part of it self to be self-digested and recycled, is mediated by the
While this process keeps normal cells alive,
allowing them to maintain a balance between the synthesis, degradation, and
subsequent recycling of cellular products, it has a deadly effect on
malignant tumor cells, causing them to
consume themselves in programmed
Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are also
found at the intersection of the body's various systems, allowing
coordination between different cell
At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be
found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured
tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming
nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances.
Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for
a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.
system, with its complex actions in the
nervous system, and all of the body's
organs, is literally a bridge between
body and mind.
By understanding this system,
and placebos, we begin to see
a mechanism that explains how a state of
consciousness can promote health or disease.
1983 Reagan/Bush administration persuades US
universities and researchers to all cannabis research work done between 1966 and 1976,
including compendiums in libraries.
Over 850,000 people in America are arrested for marijuana
Entrenched interest groups have spent and continue to spend huge
sums of money to protect their bottom line: Police & Prison Guard Unions;
Private Prisons, Alcohol and Pharmaceutical Corporations.
2019 Despite common knowledge and widespread scientific
support, the federal government has kept cannabis in
Schedule I as a deliberate
way to deny citizens good health to guarantee lifelong dependence on
toxic chemical snake oil products from
pharmaceutical corporations !
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Δ9tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive
ingredient, other known compounds with biologic activity are cannabinol,
cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, and
Cannabidiol has significant
analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the psychoactive effects of
Cannabinoids cause antitumor effects by various
mechanisms, including induction of cell
death, inhibition of cell growth,
and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis
invasion and metastasis.
Cannabinoids kill tumor
cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even
protect them from cell death.
These compounds have been shown to
induce apoptosis in glioma cells.
Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and
oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1
Cannabinoids contribute to pain modulation through an
A CB2 effect with cannabinoids acting on
mast cell receptors to attenuate the release of inflammatory agents, such as
histamine and serotonin, and on
keratinocytes to enhance the release of analgesic opioids.
Δ9tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids have
a stimulatory effect on appetite and
increase food intake.
endocannabinoid system serves as a regulator of feeding behavior.
CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus is involved in the
Jesus and his disciples used a healing
miracles through the power granted by his
of cannabis based medicines is a miracle.
has had a evolutionary partnership with this plant that stretches back more
than 10,000 years." - Chris Bennet
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