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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:01 pm    Post subject: Christ and the cannabis Reply with quote

The Treasure of Light and the Mystery of the Five Trees
Mysteries of the Faith

Such a hidden reference to other psychoactive plants can be seen in "the mystery of the five trees", which were used by Jesus in complicated shamanistic initiation rituals. They are described in what is possibly the oldest Christian text in existence O, The Gospel of Thomas:

"...there are five trees for you in Paradise... Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death." O The Gospel of Thomas has an estimated date of composition as early as 40-100 AD, and likely predates the earliest New Testament Gospel, Mark, which is thought to have been written around 60 AD.

At the turn of the present century Professor GRS Mead summarized a German translation of a surviving Gnostic text, the "Second Book of Ieou". 16 P The text describes Jesus bidding male and female disciples to join him so that he can reveal to them the great mystery of the Treasure of Light.
P One of the few that managed to survive the Catholic Church's editorial flames, without being hidden with the Nag Hamadi codexes.


In order to accomplish this, the candidates have to be initiated by three Baptisms: The Baptism of Water, the Baptism of Fire, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, "and thereafter the Mystery of the Spiritual Chrism [anointing]."10

Jesus tells his followers that the master-mysteries of the Treasure of Light are involved with the mystery of the Five Trees, which may mean having knowledge of the magical plants that were used in the ceremony.

All of these mysteries Jesus promises to give to His disciples, that they may be called "Children of the Fullness (Pleroma) perfected in all mysteries." The Master then gathers His disciples, and sets forth a place of offering, placing one wine-jar on the right and on the left, and strews certain berries and spices round the vessels; He then puts a certain plant in their mouths, and another plant in their hands, and ranges them in order round the sacrifice.10

Continuing with the ritual, Jesus gives the disciples cups, along with other articles, and seals their foreheads with a magical diagram. Then, like shamanistic and magical ceremonies the world over, he turns his disciples to the four corners of the world, with their feet together in an attitude of prayer, and then offers a prayer which is prefixed with an invocation, and continues with a number of purifications and into the Baptism of Fire.

In this rite vine-branches are used; they are strewn with various materials of incense. The Eucharist is prepared...8

The Leaves of the Tree are for the Healing of the Nations

Cannabis is likely the most useful plant medicine in existence, and it has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments throughout history. Few readers will not be aware of the international fight taking place at this time, to get the sick and dying access to the amazing healing and curative powers of the cannabis plant's leaves and flowers.

As such, it should not be surprising to find that there are numerous references to the early Christians healing with the anointing oil, giving further indication that Jesus and his apostles had begun to freely dispense the sacred kaneh-bosm anointing oil, which had previously been under a strictly enforced prohibition, restricting its use to the Hebrew priests and kings.

Knowledge of cannabis' healing powers may account for some of Jesus' healing "miracles".T The Acts of Thomas specifically invokes the healing quality of the sacred plant into the holy oil: "You are the plant of kindness. Let your power come. . . and heal by this unction."

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles demonstrates Jesus' own view of the importance of this rite, when he gives the disciples an "unguent box" and a "pouch full of medicine" with instructions to go into the City of Habitation, and heal the sick. He tells them you must heal "the bodies first" before you can "heal the heart". T Like other ancient historians, Biblical authors had a tendency to magnify historical events and make them appear miraculous. The earliest gospel is thought to have been recorded about 60 years after the crucifixion, and such a text cannot be regarded as an accurate, contemporary historical account. With time, imagination and fancy have a tendency to obscure memory. Yet it seems possible that many of the New Testament accounts could have at their basis logically explainable events, which became shortened and glorified into the unexplained miracles of the New Testament Gospels.



"Knowledge and healing were two aspects of the same life-force. If to be rubbed with the 'Holy Plant' was to receive divine knowledge, it was also to be cured of every sickness. James suggests that anyone of the Christian community who was sick should call to the elders to anoint him with oil in the name of Jesus The Twelve are sent out among their fellow-men casting out demons and anointing the sick with oil (Mark 6:13)."8

At the time of Christ, no differentiation was made between medical treatment and exorcism or miracles, all three were interrelated. To cure someone of a disease or to relieve them of an injury was paramount to exorcising the tormenting spirit, or miraculously healing them.

Thus it is not so surprising to find that the anointing oil expelled demons and gave protection against them, correspondingly it cured and dispelled the "sickness" of the soul and body. Exorcism (literally "driving out") was performed by means of anointing. The ancient magical texts provide abundant evidence for this application of oil.3

The oldest New Testament Gospel, clearly verifies this use of the holy oil early on in Jesus' controversial ministry:

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:13)

cleanse the lepers

One of Jesus' most well known miracles is his healing of lepers, which appears in the first three New Testament Gospels. The term translated as leprosy can actually refer to any number of skin diseases, usually systemic infectious lesions or extreme allergic reactions.

Due to its topical anti-bacterial properties, cannabis has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases such as pruritis, also known as atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disorder. The symptoms of pruritis are severe itching, "and patches of inflamed skin, especially on the hands, face, neck legs, and genitals,"17 a description that sounds startlingly similar to the skin disease described in Leviticus 13, called tsara'ath. It is usually translated in the Old Testament as leprosy, but has been noted by a number of scholars to be more likely a reference to a severe form of pruritis rather than true leprosy (Hansen's disease).

In relation to Jesus' curing of the lepers (Matthew 8,10,11 Mark 1, Luke 5,7,17), we could have an example of a disease expelled through the use of the cannabis "holy oil". Besides the anti-bacterial properties of cannabis oil, cannabis has been said to be effective in treating sufferers of Pruritis even when administered through smoking!17

A 1960 study in Czechoslovakia concluded that "cannabidiociolic acid, a product of the unripe hemp plant, has bacteriocidal properties." 18 The Czech researchers "found that cannabis extracts containing cannabidiolic acid produced impressive antibacterial effects on a number of micro-organisms, including strains of staphylococcus that resist penicillin and other antibiotics.U U Evidence of cannabis ointment's topical healing abilities can also be seen in its use as a treatment for the modern "sexual leprosy" of herpes. Sufferers of cold sores and genital herpes have reported succesful treatments by soaking cannabis leaves and flowers in rubbing alcohol and then dabbing the greenish solution on the site of a potential herpetic sore outbreak. "They say it prevents blistering and makes sores disappear in a day or two."17 Direct contact with THC killed herpes virus in a 1990 research study at the University of South Florida. 19



"The Czech researchers successfully treated a variety of conditions, including ear infections, with cannabis lotions and ointments. Topical application of cannabis relieved pain and prevented infection in second-degree burns. . . "17

heal the wounded

The Gnostic Gospel of Philip makes direct reference to how the holy oil "healed the wounds", and not suprisingly we find that cannabis was used in salves and ointments for burns and wounds throughout the middle-ages. Cannabis resin was also used for other topical applications, especially in relieving the pain of worn and crippled jpints.

The Acts of Thomas specifically states "Thou holy oil given unto us for sanctification. . . thou art the straightener of the crooked limbs." This medicinal quality of cannabis oil could account for the miraculous healings of cripples attributed to Jesus and his disciples.

"Cannabis is a topical analgesic. Until 1937, virtually all corn plasters, muscle ointments, and [cystic] fibrosis poultices were made from or with cannabis extracts."19

A common and effective home remedy for rheumatism in South America was to heat cannabis in water with alcohol, and rub the solution into the affected areas. In the middle of the 19th century Dr WB O'Shaughnessy claimed to have successfully treated rheumatism (along with other maladies), with "half grain doses of cannabis resin" given orally. 20

cast out demons

In the ancient world and up until medieval times, the disease now known as epilepsy was commonly considered to be demonic possession, and its victims were outcasts from society. Here again, we could have an explanation for events of demonic exorcism (as in Mark 5, Luke Cool, and the demon's expulsion by the use of cannabis.

Dr Lester Grinspoon and other medical marijuana advocates have offered testimonials from modern epilepsy sufferers, who have noted the profound effects of natural marijuana in controlling their seizures. Dr Grinspoon also points to the positive results of cannabis and synthetic cannabidiol in the treatment of epilepsy obtained in a 1975 report, 21 and again in a 1980 study which concluded "for some patients cannabidiol combined with standard antileptics may be useful in controlling seizures. Whether cannabidiol alone, in large doses, would be helpful is not known." 22

Other ailments of spasmodic muscular contractions such as Dystonias, which results in abnormal movements and postures, have been beneficially treated with the administration of cannabis.17

Another of the miracles attributed to Jesus was the healing of a woman from chronic menstruation (Luke 8:43-4Cool. Again we find that cannabis has been used for the treatment of such ailments, as the US Dispensary of 1854 listed cannabis extract as a remedy for "uterine hemorrhage", as well as other maladies. V

V "The complaints to which it has been specifically recommended are neuralgia, gout, tetanus, hydrophobia, epidemic cholera, convulsions, chorea, hysteria, mental depression, insanity." (US Dispensatory of 1854). 24



Although the Biblical story of Jesus' cure of the menstruating woman describes this event as a faith healing which results from the woman touching Jesus' robe, and him feeling the "power" go out from him, an actual remedy seems more likely. That such a medicinal remedy could be considered a miracle is not at all far-fetched.

Although far beyond the breadth or intent of this article to document, cannabis has also been used successfully to treat glaucoma, arthritis, depression and mood disorders, migraines and chronic pain.

Archaeological Evidence

In an earlier article (CC#5) the use of cannabis among the Jews prior to the Christian period was documented, and a recent archeological dig in Bet Shemesh near Jerusalem has confirmed that cannabis medicine was in use in the area up until the fourth century. Thus it would seem to stand to reason that it was used for these purposes throughout the intervening Christian period.

In the case of the Bet Shemesh dig, the cannabis had been used as an aid in child bearing, both as a healing balm and an inhalant. Scientists commenting on the find noted that cannabis was used as a medicine as early as the 16th century BC, in Egypt. 24

This find garnered some attention, as can be seen from the Associated Press article, "Hashish evidence is 1,600 years old", that appeared in Vancouver newspaper The Province, on June 2, 1992:

Archaeologists have found hard evidence that hashish was used as a medicine 1,600 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said yesterday.

Archaeologists uncovered organic remains of a substance containing hashish, grasses and fruit on the abdominal area of a teenage female's skeleton that dates back to the fourth century, the antiquities authority said in a statement.

Anthropologist Joel Zias said that although researchers knew hashish had been used as a medicine, this is the first archeological evidence. (Associated Press 1992).

Although the idea that Jesus and his disciples used a healing cannabis ointment may seem far-fetched at first, when weighed against the popular alternative (one that is held by millions of believers) that Jesus performed his healing miracles magically, through the power invested in him by the omnipotent Lord of the Universe, the case for ancient accounts of medicinal cannabis seems a far more likely explanation.

Indeed, it was through the dawning of the Spirit, provided by the entheogenic and healing anointing oil, that the early followers of Jesus came to consider themselves Christians, or Anointed-Ones! Ironically, many modern day Christians zealously persecute marijuana culture, unaware that the name of their faith makes reference to a psychoactive topical ointment that was rich in cannabis.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:30 am    Post subject: great post.. Reply with quote

GREAT POST.. but something got my eyes Shocked the 5 trees. so! so far we have cannabis sativa/indica, what was other 4 trees?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am hoping Roger Ferre or someone can give us some insight there. I have heard it mentioned that the others could be Mushrooms Belladonna and angel trumpet (jimson weed) but to me these are just speculations.
Im quite sure it possably could be mushrooms , peyote, opium?
pc Im gonna do some research we all should.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great info Lilli...thanks sista..shine on
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so far I have found these interesting links. Datura is again mentioned (angel trumpet=jimson weed=datura)
http://www.dhushara.com/book/twelve/tw2.htm#anchor3056396

http://www.dhushara.com/book/med/med.htm#anchor3501938

(altho the above links look the same they are not click them both)

http://www.dhushara.com/book/yeshua/twin.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow while looking for the 5 plants I came across this debate it is a great read an low an behold into the debate steps our wonderful brother GCW and the Chris Bennet the one who wrote Christ and the cannabis the original post on this thread that I pasted, its a delightful read folks.
http://www.drugpolicycentral.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=219&forum=16&start=90&104 Love always ~Lilli~
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:00 pm    Post subject: ahh Reply with quote

Ahh.. Lilli, I looked at the post. Seems there is alot of heat debates. Umm... i haven't found the names of 5 tress... mmm HEY!!! Why dont you look at the other religion which appeared in 70's *hippie time* which are called Church of Tree of Life *possible wrong title* but hey i am close enough to get the idea. Or those 5 trees are already in Annointing oil? What ya think lilli?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering too about the other ingriedients to the oil, I'll keep at it bro while I'm up. I'm a little under the weather today just not feeling a bit well. peace ~Lilli~
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:24 pm    Post subject: WOW Reply with quote

Wow what the odds of happening? I am also not under the weather. I have been feeling not well recently. U know how it is for COLD n FLU season in USA... grr. oh well!!! keep the good work up!!! you go SIS!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

after doing the oil bro Im sure the 5 ingreidents are in it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:37 pm    Post subject: The five trees Reply with quote

This may be what your looking for. Go to JamesArthur.net > Mushrooms & Mankind > Part 4 (4th page) just about to the bottom of the page figure 2-24 and the following text. A Careful look at this picture (Jesus above the four plants underscored by the green vine), reveals much more than is on the surface. This may be an alchemical recipe for the ingredients of the true Soma (or whatever you want to call the elixir of the Gods). The red plant, on the right, is clearly the Amanita muscaria (which produces the quickening of the spirit). The next is clearly another mushroom, but it is blue. This would indicate a Psilocybe species (which opens the third eye). Next, we may have the depiction of the Syrian Rue plant, and pod, which happens to match this depiction in color, as well as structure (Syrian Rue contains Telepathine, an MAO inhibitor, which increases the properties of the other compounds, and Rue is also likely to possess other qualities). The Syrian Rue (Peganum harmala) is an MAO Inhibitor that parallels the function of Pinoline (a natural MAO Inhibitor) naturally produced by the Pineal Gland. The combination of the Pineal secreted DMT (Dimethyltriptamine) and Pinoline (The MAO Inhibitor) may be responsible for naturally occurring psychic experiences as well as UFO contact visualizations. Fourth is a depiction of the Opium Poppy (the euphoria this plant induces enables one to relax enough to let go, which otherwise is a very difficult thing to do, in order to fully experience the visionary state of this intensive plant combination). Fifth is the green vine which underscores the other four, I suggest that this may represent Green plants, including Cannabis (which is used to prevent nausea and also enhances other things, as well as reactivating neuro-pathways opened by entheogens. This is a very interesting and informative site I suggest you read the whole site. I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW Thanks for the great post and sharing that link withall that informative material. I have emailed Roger Christie one of our resident Shaman with the Post the link. I think you have somthing there bro. Thats amazing. I am writing a book may I quote you?

so much to the boards. Your sista in Christ and the cause Lilli
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:31 am    Post subject: Not my work Reply with quote

You are welcome. You will have to ask James Arthur if you can quote him. I am new to the church and I am looking forward to sharing information with you all. I do a lot of searching and studying on the internet so if you see something interesting please let me know. Peace!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful thats just great. I think you will find the artcle i found and posted about Moses and the mushrooms very intresting as well.

http://www.thc-ministry.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1627

Its always eciting when men and women of wisdom join the board to share.
I hope you enjoy each and every trip here.
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