Psychoanalyst, and professor of Theology at Boston University, Ralph Heinz, argues in his new book that Jesus Christ was a frequent marijuana user and that he even used it to “speak with God.”
In his new book Speaking to God through Cannabis: A new understanding of the word of Christ, Heinz wishes to abolish the purveying myth in modern Christianity that psychedelic drugs and worship of God are antagonistic.
“Most stories in the Bible are clearly about people hallucinating on cannabis, be it visions of the Angel of the Lord over a burning bush or Yahweh in a midst of clouds,” he explains.
“I think it is clear for anybody that has read any passage of the Bible, that the prophets and apostles spent most of their time hallucinating on psychedelic drugs, totally baked or drunk on wine,” he says laughingly.
“There is no need to judge them or paint these characters as saints or demons, they were just good old boys having a good time,” he adds.
According to Professor Heinz, a reading of the Old Testament reveals that Yahweh “came to Moses out of the midst of the cloud” and that this cloud came from smoke produced by the burning of cannabis-infused incense.
Speaking to God through cannabis
Although cannabis-infused incense was most commonly used in most religious ceremonies at the time, Heinz argues that cannabis oil also played a major religious role.
“The priesthood mixed cannabis resins with those from myrrh, balsam, frankincense, and perfumes, and then anointed their skins with the mixture as well as burned it.’”
“The word ‘Messiah’ signifies the ‘Anointed One,’ and so Jesus Christ was clearly a big proponent of the cannabis oil,” he explains.
“From the time of Moses until that of the later prophet Samuel, the holy anointing oil was used by the priesthood to receive the ‘revelations of the Lord’ and to become ‘possessed with the spirit of the Lord’ ” he adds.
According to Heinz, most confusion about the use of cannabis in the Bible stems from the mistranslation of the Hebrew word for cannabis “kaneh bosm” which was later mistaken for other plants including calamus or aromatic cane.
The professor also argues that certain passages of the New Testament such as the Apocalypse of John or the visions of Ezekiel in the Book of Ezekiel cannot simply be explained by the use of cannabinoids or the heavy indulgence in alcohol such as wine and may be better explained by the use of psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms or even natural forms of LSD such as produced from the ergot fungi.