Did Moses use Cannabis?

In one word - Yes.

I know this article will create a lot of controversy (and probably some hate mail). However, please read this with an open mind, and decide for yourself. You can leave a review at the bottom of this page.

A quick disclaimer: I run The Med Store a distributor of high potency, pure, organically grown and lab tested CBD - An oil extracted from the Hemp plant (a variety of Cannabis Sativa), with all the therapeutic compounds of the plant, and none of the compounds which  make you “high” (THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol). 

CBD is totally legal in all 50 states. It won’t make you “high”, you can’t overdose from it and it won’t cause any dependency. It is used by millions of people for it’s many therapeutic properties.

Back to our article…

Read this text from the Bible:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil”.  Exodus 30:22-25

This is the “recipe” that God gave Moses for making a sacred anointing oil, which would be used on the priests who served in the Tabernacle, who were called the QEDESH: “The Holy Ones”.

The Tabernacle was a movable tent structure used as a temple. It travelled with the Israelites through the desert, after they escaped slavery in Egypt and wandered for 40 years through the desert in search of the Holy Land.

In modern terms, this was the recipe for the Qedesh oil: 

  • Myrrh  (12.5 lb)  - A perfumed resin extracted from the Commiphora tree.
  • Cinnamon (6.25 lb) - A common spice extracted from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree.
  • Cassia (12.5 lb)  - A spice used in Asia, also known as Chinese Cinnamon.
  • Olive Oil (1 gallon)  - A common ancient condiment extracted from Olives.
  • Calamus  (6.25 lb)  - A toxic plant (banned for consumption by the FDA).

So far, so good. Except for one ingredient: Calamus. 

Calamus is a plant that looks like a lily and grows in wet marshes. It was banned for consumption by the FDA in 1968, as it contains 75% of Asarone - a poison which causes cancer, attacks heart, liver and kidney functions, and is used for pest control.

Why would God include poison in a recipe for an anointing oil?

Answer: He didn’t.

The Bible translators got it wrong.

In the 3rd century BC, the first translation of the Bible from Hebrew to Greek was called the "Septuagint" (or “The Seventy”, because it was translated by 70 Jewish scholars).

The Hebrew word for the ingredient in question is “Kaneh-Bosum”, which the scholars  translated to “Calamus”, despite the clear semantic similarity to another word:

The Hebrew word for Cannabis: “Kannabus  (“Kan” means “reed”, while “Bosm” means “aromatic”). “Kannabus” appears 5 times in the old testament (Exodus, Songs of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel). 

Cannabis has been grown since at least 6,000 BC, and was well known and widely used in Moses’ time. A recent article by the Tel Aviv University Archaeological Journal, states that Cannabis was commonly burned in Jewish temple ceremonies.

It’s not far fetched to presume that…

Kaneh-Bosum = Cannabis

In 1936, Sula Benet, a Polish etymologist from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw revealed solid evidence of the Hebrew use of cannabis.  The word “cannabis had previously been thought to be of Scythian origin as Scythians first brought the plant to Europe, but Benet showed it has much earlier origin in Semitic languages like Hebrew.  “In the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant.

You can read the whole article here: Semantic Scholar

The Cannabis revolution

After 100 years of classifying it as an illegal drug, the scientific community is re-discovering the therapeutic use of Cannabis, and specifically CBD. There are countless studies that conclude that:  

There are many other benefits you could get from using CBD. Mental clarity, heart health, muscle recovery, regulated blood pressure and helping to decrease the risk of developing cancer.

We have recreated the exact biblical formula for anointing oil.

The Med Store has developed Qedesh, based on the exact same recipe in Exodus 30:23, the same ingredients, and the same precise quantities. But instead of the poisonous Calamus, we have used Cannabis.

We do not make any claims for Qedesh as a therapy for ailments, but we believe that a recipe ordained by God in the Bible and used for thousands of years, may have properties that transcend our current knowledge. We encourage those who use it to report back and share their experiences.

How can I use Qedesh? 

  • As an anointing oil
  • As an incense (in an essential oil infuser)  
  • Taken orally or topically (on your skin)
  • Used as a perfume

Will it make me “high”?

No. It only contains trace amounts of THC (Approved by FDA standards). Even if taken orally, you will not get “high”, become dependent or overdose with Qedesh.

Is it legal?

Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.

How can I buy it?

Through our online store www.TheMedStore.com

How can I explore other CBD products?

The Med Store offers a full line of CBD products, all tested by an independent lab. They are potent, pure and organically grown in the USA. (and MUCH cheaper than other major brands).

Learn more about CBD reading articles in our Blog, and our Frequently Asked Questions. 



About the Author:
Robin Glass is a 57 year-old Anglo Brazilian. He has degree from the London Theological College, has worked as: a Missionary aboard a ship,  a Director in Brazil's largest social organization,  an Executive Director to a multinational corporation and as an award winning film-maker and artist. He currently lives in Miami and runs The Med Store with his wife Monique Benson.

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