estadounidenses consideran que existe una relación entre las curaciones de Jesús
y sus apóstoles, referidas en el Nuevo Testamento, y el uso de un aceite
derivado del cannabis con propiedades terapéuticas, según un artículo que
publica la BBC en su edición digital (news.bb.uk).
José Luis Santos
Fuente: Levante digital, Sociedad y Cultura,
Relacionan las curaciones de
Jesús con el uso de un aceite derivado del
El autor del artículo,
Chris Bennet, argumenta que estos personajes bíblicos podrían haber utilizado un
aceite basado en esta planta para aliviar a pacientes aquejados con dolencias
artríticas o lisiados. En concreto, los expertos afirman que el aceite usado fue
el kaneh-bosem un extracto cannábico utilizado en los primeros días de la
Los investigadores explican
que este aceite es absorbido por el organismo cuando se aplica sobre la piel, lo
que podría haber ayudado a tratar a personas aquejadas por distintos problemas
físicos y mentales.
El artículo, publicado por
High Times, una revista estadounidense especializada en drogas, no cuestiona la
validez de los milagros recogidos en este texto sagrado. No obstante, apunta que
los protagonistas del Nuevo Testamento podrían haber usado sustancias con
efectos médicos activos.
En este sentido, el investigador
Chris Bennet recuerda que el uso del cannabis estaba muy extendido en la edad
antigua para tratar enfermedades. «El uso médico del cannabis durante esta época
está respaldado por textos arqueológicos», concluye.
Fuente: BBC News,
Cannabis linked to Biblical
Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a
cannabis-based anointing oil to help cure people with crippling diseases, it has
Researchers in the United States say the oil
used in the early days of the Christian church contained a cannabis extract
They suggest the extract, which is absorbed
into the body when placed on the skin, could have helped cure people with a
variety of physical and mental problems.
The medical use of cannabis during that
time is supported by archaeological records.
The author of the article, published in the US
drugs magazine High Times, says his findings are based on a study of scriptural
The article does not question the validity of
the miracles reported in the Bible but rather examines whether the early
Christian Church may have made use of substances with an active medical effect.
It does not rule out the role played by blind
faith in Christ.
Chris Bennett said cannabis was widely used at
the time to heal the sick.
"The medical use of cannabis during that time
is supported by archaeological records."
He said the ancient anointing oil contained
high levels of cannabis extract.
"The holy anointing oil, as described in the
original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of
keneh-bosum - a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists
anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into
about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs.
"The ancient annointed ones were literally
drenched in this potent mixture."
Mr Bennett suggested the drug may have played a
role in some healing miracles carried out by Jesus and his disciples.
He wrote: "In the ancient world, diseases such
as epilepsy were attributed to demonic possession.
"To cure somebody of such an illness, even with
the aid of certain herbs was considered exorcism or miraculous healing.
Jesus often becomes the final hope for
the pharmacologically impaired.
"Interestingly, cannabis has been shown to be
effective in the treatment of not only epilepsy but many of the other ailments
that Jesus and the disciples healed people of such as skin diseases, eye
problems and menstrual problems."
Mr Bennett said the findings suggested that it
was unchristian to persecute people who used cannabis.
"If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of
the ancient Christian anointing oil, as history indicates, 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."
However, Christian groups in the United States
have rejected Mr Bennett's claims.
They have insisted that the arguments made in
the article are lame.
In a response to the article published on
JesusJournal.com, critics said: "As many of us know firsthand, Jesus often
becomes the final hope for the pharmacologically impaired."
John Cunyus, the author of a book on Christian
healing, said: "Well, the Bible does say that St. Stephen was stoned... but
perhaps not in that sense!"
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