Cannabis was an Ingredient of Holy Anointing Oil


In Exodus, 30:23, God directed Moses to make a holy anointing oil composed of myrrh, sweet cinnamon, Kaneh-bosem, cassia, and olive oil.  “And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.”

According to conventional Biblical scholarship, the “250 shekels of kaneh-bosm” listed in ancient Hebrew versions of the Old Testament supposedly refers to calamus.  Sula Benet, Polish anthropologist and author of Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp, demonstrated that the word for cannabis is kaneh-bosm, also rendered in traditional Hebrew as kaneh or kannabus. The root kan in this construction means “reed” or “hemp”, while bosm means “aromatic”. This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel…. and has been mistranslated as calamus, a common marsh plant with little monetary value that does not have the qualities or value ascribed to kaneh-bosm. The erroroccurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint in the third century BC, and was repeated in the many translations that followed.

Exodus 30, verses 22 – 30

Anointing Oil

22 Then the LORD said to Moses, 23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24 500 shekels of cassia – all according to the sanctuary shekel – and a hin of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. . . .

Converted into today’s measurements:

liquid myrrh 500 shekels 5.75 kg (12.68 lbs)

cassia 500 shekels 5.75 kg (12.68 lbs)

cinnamon leaf 250 shekels 2.875 kg (6.34 lbs)

cannabis flowers 250 shekels 2.875 kg (6.34 lbs)

olive oil 1 hin 6.5 liters (1.72 gallons)

In the traditional method, all of these ingredients would have been mixed with water and then boiled until all the water evaporated. The oil was then strained and ready for use.

Holy Anointing Oil Modern Recipe 

This is the recipe I have used. It is not exactly the same recipe that is listed in Exodus, it has only one ounce of marijuana instead of fifteen ounces.

16-oz extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. myrrh essential oil

1 tsp. cassia root essential oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon leaf essential oil

1 oz of cannabis (coarsely ground)

Blend all ingredients together in a slow cooker or crock pot and simmer for at least 4-6 hours. Cool and strain all plant material from the liquid using a pastry cloth or French press. Place into a sterile glass jar and store in a dark cool place. This works for most pain including: muscular, nerve, and skin disorders. For headaches: drop the holy oil on pressure points, massage into the temples, forehead and back of the neck. Ease sinus headaches by applying a drop directly over the sinus area. Be aware not to get any oil in your eyes as it burns big time! ALWAYS USE CAUTION not to get any oils in your eyes. Try using Holy Oil to soothe aches and pains by massaging the sore area and allowing it to ease away the pain and heal the sores.

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