Donning blue-jean skirts and makeshift habits, Sister Kate and Sister Darcy are orderless and self-proclaimed nuns who have been reverently growing and producing cannabis-based tonics and salves in their Merced operation known as the Sisters of the Valley. The Sisters say their non psychoactive products are imbued with healing intent, and their customers claim the “plant medicines” treat myriad ailments
In the video below, popular youtube channel AllTime Conspiracies cover the hotly debated theory that Jesus used cannabis and that it was a main ingredient in the holy annointing oil. Some researchers claim this explains the reports of miracles performed by Jesus where he healed the sick
“I think people need to be educated to the fact that cannabis is not a drug. Cannabis is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” (Willie Nelson / Musician, Writer, Actor, Activist)
The Cannabis News Network’s journey leads to a remote cave, far away from daily life. Here they meet their Sadhu, or Baba.
A GODLY place!
A quest, to seek out why cannabis is considered a sacred plant and how it has been used, spiritually and medicinally.
If you weren’t aware of the Ancient Cannabis Theory then be prepared to be blown away by this presentation…
Chris Bennett takes a look at the fascinating references to cannabis, under the Hebrew name ‘kaneh bosm’ (spelling – qoph nun he’ – bet shim mem) in the Old Testament text that have been suggested by anthropologist Sula Benet and other researchers, with interviews from Prof Carl Ruck, Dr. Ethan Russo, David Hillman PhD., as well as drug historians and authors Chris Conrad, Michael Horowitz, Martin Lee, and Michael Aldrich. Included is a discussion of the linguistics behind the theory as well as a look at the references in context of the Biblical story line and the use of cannabis by the surrounding cultures who influenced the Jewish cosmology, such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Canaanites and Scythians.
“Smoking weed is religious!? Cannabis has played a vital role in religious ceremonies since 1500 BCE”
“The Lord of Bhang (cannabis) is one of many titles given to the Hindu deity Shiva, and it’s said that he discovered the amazing properties of cannabis while meditating amidst a stand of ganja plants. Of all the gods, Shiva is most frequently seen to enjoy cannabis in all its forms and many of his devotees imbibe hashish as a sacrament”
Chris Bennett unveils evidence that Jesus used cannabis, both to heal the sick, and also as an initiation rite. “The Big Bhang: Pot and Religion,” that outlines Bennett’s discoveries. Bennett has another published book, “The Soma Solution,”
Here’s Chris explaining the Holy Anointing Oil
Excerpt below first published Monday 6 January 2003
Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published this month. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings.
The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.
“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.
Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism _ would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”
Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were “literally drenched in this potent mixture _ Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin”.
Quoting the New Testament, Mr Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels.
“If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil _ and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ,” Mr Bennett concludes.
The police have been accused of acting ‘Aggressive and Militant’ towards Cannabis activists at the Canada day event in Vancouver. The police pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and arrested during a clash between the two.
The comments were made by well known Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery. Marc spoke to the crowd after the incident by saying “I’ve been to jail for marijuana” continuing with “I’ve been to 34 different prisons. I’ve actually been arrested on 23 separate occasions and some of those, like my last 5 year stint in the United States involved 6 prisons. So I’ve seen my share of prisons…”
Giving a short interview after Mr Emery concluded “…the Police were acting aggressive and militant from the dawn, from early this morning and then eventually they pepper-sprayed people, tackled some activists.”
“Allegedly these people were selling marijuana to someone underage is the pretence but what a violent response to even such a trivial accusation as that when we have Heroin injection sites sponsored by the city”
“You know we’ve got bars with thousands of people drinking alcohol. But they’ve actually spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in double time and a half today on a holiday to police an event that doesn’t need any policing”
“And so they went looking for a problem and they created one and they were probably so embarrassed they had to withdraw and so the event has returned to the very peaceful, nice thing it always is”
Robin Douglas from the Church Of The Holy Smoke spoke on his duty to speak up for his fellow church goer saying ” …a bunch of the protesters being arrested for cannabis possession I understand and one of them is a member of my church. So as their pastor I had to stand up for ’em and try and support him.”
This all comes just a week after Vancouver became the first Canadian city to licence and regulate medical cannabis dispensaries. Canada day is a national holiday that takes place annually on the 1st of July. Some footage of the clash below:
A man who was in mid ‘cannabis prayer’ was disrupted and questioned by police at the Sacred Roger Williams memorial well.
The incident involves a member of The Healing Church called Rey Hererra during a public prayer ceremony where they use cannabis. The Church is based in West Greenwich and aptly hold a ceremony at 4:20 Pm.
The man who is openly smoking weed tells the police his religious beliefs are being violated citing
“This is against the law what you people are doing here…you’re going against my religion” & “I broke no law here sir”
Rey refuses to surrender his ‘father’s gift’ (the weed) to the police and even corrects an officer, telling him it’s called ‘Cannabis’ not ‘Marijuana’ when the police officer tells the man he ‘can smell marijuana’.
Healing Church members Alan Gordon & Anne, both long time cannabis activists are also present to film the second half of the video. All three people are very outspoken about how they feel the police treatment is discriminatory against the church members. The officer’s were adamant that cannabis smoking is prohibited on federal property.
If you like what the church is doing then Check out their Facebook page and Alan Gordon’s Youtube channel for some more church dealings with the police.
Indiana has passed a Religious Freedom Act, which mean a person may be protected from criminalization depending on their religious beliefs. Criticism has come as some people believe this will give some people the right to discriminate against gay people on religious grounds. Some people see the law change as an opportunity to practise smoking cannabis for spiritual and religious reasons. Testing these new laws is a newly-founded church where their ceremonies are similar to Christian rituals but with the incorporation of cannabis.
The service will open with ‘Amazing Grace’ played on a Harmonica leading to a quick sermon, finishing up with a call to worship where they partake in the smoking of the ‘holy’ cannabis plant.
The big news coming out of this is that IRS have awarded the church a tax exemption. This means the cannabis parish is an established church in the eyes of the American tax authority.
A religion that worships a plant may be somewhat obscure in some people’s eyes but then people have worshipped other living creatures such as cats, cows and reptiles for thousands of years. Some communities believe elements like air and water are sacred because they’re essential to human life. The endo-cannabinoid system is an essential part of the human make up and cannabis is that essential compound in plant form… so by those standards its certainly sacred.
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