A Bible Full of Cannabis

3rd ed., Copyright version August 12th 2016

By Rev. Dr. Anne Armstrong, Deaconess, & Rev. Dr. Alan Gordon, Canon
The Healing Church. . . IN R.I. annearmstrongri[at] 401-304-6543

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Angel saving Isaac’s life by showing Abraham a ram trapped in a cannabis plant
Stained glass, the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul, Providence, IN R.I.

In the original Hebrew Bible, we see the word KNH BSM used to describe the aromatic flowering tops, or their extracted resins, of a Biblical fiber crop called KNH or kaneh.  

KNH was cannabis hemp  --  in the Bible, its description matches that of the species cannabis sativa l., to which all hemp and medicinal cannabis belong.  


In the Bible, the plant species called kaneh was multipurpose, a staple textile crop, and source of aromatic plant medicine used ritually to connect with God.  It was burned for the “aroma soothing to the Lord,“ who was otherwise an angry, jealous God who brought fighting and disease without the soothing aroma.

The word KNH forms the root of modern words “cane,” “canon” (meaning “standard of measure”), and “hemp,” among others.

In the Bible, KNH was such a standard crop that the king’s KNH-staff was the kingdom’s standard of linear measurement, or “canon.”  He who wielded it was called, in some cultures, the “khan” or “king.”  Because the king wielded the realm’s staff of measurement, or ruler, he was called a ruler.

KNH is also the root of the modern word “hemp”.  Over time, it morphed as follows:


KNH, kaneh, qaneh proto- & modern Hebrew

khaneh, chaneh

chanvre French

canvas Dutch


hanf, hampf German

hemp English

KNH was a textile plant, the cannabis species. BSM (bosim) is the Hebrew word for “sweet-smelling”, so KNH BSM refers to the sweet smelling flowering tops of KNH, or the resins of the flowers.

In the Bible, KNH BSM was dissolved with other spices into olive oil, and this was the holy Anointing Oil, which was the center of Hebrew worship.

When Anointing Oil was applied to the skin, it was medicinal and psychoactive  --  when applied it caused “the Spirit of the Lord” to settle upon a person.  This effect (being overcome with the Spirit of the Lord) can be used to find veiled KNH BSM throughout scripture, even where it is not mentioned overtly.

Catholic Cross Station 14 showing the body of Jesus, with anointing spices which, as evidenced by inconsistencies within the 4 New Testament Gospels, were stolen, by the Phariasees Nicodemus and/or Joseph of Arimethea,  100 lbs of these spices  --  valuable enough to retire a young man  --  were put in Jesus’ tomb totally out of accordance with Jewish practice (Egyptians anointed the dead, but not Hebrews, despite a false claim to the contrary in the New Testament, which is an important clue unto itself), but were gone when it was opened.  Note the stained glass masonic symbols associated with St. Joseph, despite a full ban on freemasonry in the Catholic Church which only the Pope himself can excuse.
Peace Dale Cathedral, Wakefield RI



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Noah makes green plant-based aromatic smoke by burning animal flesh

Stained glass, the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, Baltimore MD

When Anointing Oil was burned, it made the “aroma soothing to the Lord,” ending war and disease (the consequences, it was written, of not producing the aroma soothing to the Lord in good faith).  


When the ancient Hebrews selected from their herds the grazing animals in the most perfect of health, the fatty tissues made the same aroma on the fire as the KNH BSM-laced Anointing Oil.  Think about that.  KNH BSM-in-olive-oil made the same aroma on the fire as the fatty tissues of the tribe’s healthiest grazing animals.  This was proof for the tribe that cannabis is what made the animals so healthy.

For the poor, who could not afford a herd animal that had grazed upon KNH BSM, Biblical law said a wild dove was an acceptable sacrifice, for the dove made the same aroma.  Doves, of course, prefer cannabis seed to any other food, feeding upon cannabis exclusively where it is available, and nesting in its tops whenever it can.  Cannabis-fed fowl, as it turns out, has been known going back at least to 1675 to have a specially nice flavor as a result.  The dove is also the international symbol of peace, and the bird’s role as a cannabivore plays a crucial role in the Bible.


Doves and KNH BSM anointing oil lamp. Fresco, National Franciscan Monastery Catacombs, Washington DC 




Commercial hemp seed grower had to protect his crop from doves trying to eat their natural food source. When shot, such doves reveal the extent of their hunger for this superfood


The dove, like the other sacrificial animals, oils, incenses and vessels, made the aroma soothing to the Lord when heated.  The Hebrews did not just burn these edible products and medicines just to praise God’s name while others went hungry or sick.  God said the sacrifice laws were for human benefit, not His benefit.

At Jesus’ baptism, the “spirit of the Lord” descended upon Him in the form of a dove.  Once, a dove sat on Carpenter Joseph’s staff, in the Infancy Gospel of James (an ancient Book technically excluded from the Bible’s official canon, but still recognized by Roman Catholics, Rastafarians, and other faiths as valid inspired scripture).  Had a dove literally sat on Jesus’ head at His baptism, the Bible seemingly would have said so in plain language just as it did in the Infancy Gospel about Joseph’s staff.  Instead, perhaps the Bible means only what it says, that the spirit of the Lord came upon Jesus in the same way (or form) that it settles upon a dove. By ingestion.


Jesus would have been breaking the law to use KNH BSM, since he was not legally a Priest entitled to.  Still, we find Biblical justification for breaking KNH BSM statute, in the Book of Numbers.  At 11:26-29, two men named Eldad and Medad unlawfully “put the spirit of the Lord upon themselves” (i.e. they anointed themselves without permission, since Isaiah (61:1) and David (1Sam 16:13)’s receptivity for the Spirit of the Lord came as a result of KNH BSM anointing).  When the other elders tattled on Eldad and Medad, Moses acquitted them at trial, because they had prophesied better than those who tattled, upon whom the Lord’s Spirit did not stay for long.  


In James 5:14, we find another example of illegal-but-justified anointing.  There, the followers of “Christ” (“the Anointed One”, in Greek) go out and unlawfully heal people with Oil.  Jesus the Anointed One presumably told his followers to use Anointing Oil when unlawfully healing people, since He is the Anointed One.  Jesus, too, was ultimately acquitted, albeit posthumously and in the court of public opinion.


The story of cannabis pervades the Bible, from the first Book, Genesis, to the last, Revelations.  

For example, cannabis is present in Eden, in the first Book of the Bible.  There, in the beginning, Genesis says man and woman were made side by side, as equals  -- on Day 6, which is important.  Then, inexplicably, Genesis goes back and re-tells Creation a second time, and, on Day 3 (the day plants were Created), God creates Adam and Eve.  These two were therefore plants.  

Suddenly, it finally makes sense how a male can drop a “rib” or “branch”  --  the same word in Hebrew  -- and sprout a genetically identical female right from the ground.  No human has ever reproduced in this fashion, but a dioecious semi-hermaphroditic plant species like cannabis can do so, readily.  Since Adam and Eve were created on Day 3, the day of plant Creation, and not on Day 6, when humans were made side by side as equals, they seem more likely to be cannabis than homo sapiens.


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Jesus with cannabis leaf and dove.

Stained glass, National Basilica Shrine to

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC




In the Bible, the Tree of Life, in its many references, is depicted as botanically quite similar to cannabis.  


Scripture says the Tree of Life is a species, as opposed to just a single individual plant, for example in Revelations 22.


The Bible says this species has 2 forms, a tall/straight (sativa) variety, and short bushy/viney (indica) variety.  These two Tree of Life forms, or phenotypes, says the Bible, can apparently be as easily crossbred as the 2 kingdoms, Israel and Judea, were at the time of Ezekiel.  

The Tree of Life can even grow from cuttings, which can root directly in water like cannabis. In the Bible, the Tree of Life can root directly in water, just like cannabis is often grown hydroponically.  

As St. John prophesied, the Tree of Life would one day grow in cities with glass streets and glowing multicoloured gems, under a special sun which neither rises nor sets  --  this sounds startlingly like an ancient mystic’s frantic attempt to describe his vision of a future greenhouse supplemented by LED grow lights, in the era before glass windows or electricity by which he could have understood what he saw.


In the Bible, many species of birds shelter in the Tree of Life, just as in real life, cannabis seed is such an important bird seed that in 1937, birdseed companies lobbied for an exemption for its seed when cannabis was first banned, claiming that many birds simply will not sing without it.

Animals give birth under the Tree of Life.  Cannabis has long been associated with birth, due to its womb-relaxing properties, which were so noteworthy that midwives in ancient Israel used it routinely for that purpose.

Its foliage is a medicine.


The Tree of Life produces food (seed), textiles (shelter), and medicine (healing) and joyous INEBRIATION.


“Inebriate” means, essentially, to “Hebrify”, i.e., make the aroma soothing to the Lord.

Cannabis, bright green, can be seen at the angel’s feet, with a ram trapped in it, as the angel points Abraham’s attention to heavenly golden Passionflower vines in the altar smoke.  This may be a clue that other cannabis-like passionflower Bible art in that Cathedral, appearing where cannabis is listed in scripture instead, is a visual pun to that effect, or code.  Note that the angel is pointing not to the ram which will save Isaac’s life, but instead to the golden celestial “passionflower” leaves rising in the sacrificial smoke.  The ram, however, is not trapped in a passionflower thicket, but a cannabis thicket.

Stained glass, Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul, Providence RI

One of the Bible’s most striking and terrifying set of cannabis references are in the cosmic Book of St. John’s Revelation, which predicts the future, seemingly into the modern era of helicopters and flamethrowers.  In the Bible’s most mysterious Book, it is revealed that the Tree of Life, appearing as an incredibly cannabis-like sacred plant, will be restored to mankind at a particular spot on Earth, a real place, a place famous unto its own right, but one precisely matching Revelations’ prophecy, to a tee.  

St. John’s Revelation says that the Temple of Solomon will be rebuilt, carefully measured with a golden KNH (golden rule).  At that site, it says, is a Wellspring from which life and freedom spring, where the Tree of Life is to be given back to mankind.  There, 12 Trees of Life will line the wellspring, their roots directly in the waters, staggered in growth to ripen once per month round the year, growing under a special sun which neither rises nor sets, in a city of glass panels, a city of God.

Tree of Life with both cannabis leaves and grapes.  Grape leaves look completely different, as evidenced by the live grape vines kept in this church as if to show the difference. Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Providence RI


RIGHT:  Grapes, from stained glass in the same church      LEFT: “Passionflower” leaves from the same stained glass window

Poor St. John, Ezekiel, and Isaiah. Those befuddled prophets sound as if they saw into the future, and saw a greenhouse hydroponic cannabis grow, under LED plant lights, in a tiny State with a 12-plant grow limit.   The City of God they saw was Providence (IN R.I.), and the Wellspring they saw is the well from which the entire world’s religious freedom sprang.  

Providence, as it turns out, has a Sacred Well from which the whole world’s religious freedom springs, first in 1636 in the American colonies, then in 1787 US-wide as the right was Constitutionalized, then globally as the right was copied from there into the Constitutions of every modern nation on earth.  There, says Revelations, at the Wellspring in the City of God, the Tree of Life’s healing leaves are to be given back to mankind, for the healing of nations.  

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The Sacred Well of the Promise and the Prophecy, from which the whole world’s religious freedom first sprang.

Roger Williams National Memorial, Providence, IN R.I.

And in real life, at that very Wellspring in downtown Providence RI, USA, a tiny Church prayed there with KNH BSM, was attacked by federal police on July 20, 2015.  Later that night (in the wee hours of the morning of July 21, technically), against all odds, a literal earthquake struck the site, to prove God’s instructions, “leave alone the elect.”  An earthquake, in Providence RI.

The ancient Hebrews knew a lot about cannabis, which is why the word “Hebrew” and “inebriate” share the same root.  Note that the word is not “intoxicate” (for cannabis is simply not toxic).  The latter word is for wine, but cannabis does something better.  It Hebrifies, or, inebriates.


Rev. Dr. Anne blows the ram’s horn shofar  at the tomb of Roger Williams, who is credited with co-founding religious freedom in North America when he established Rhode Island c. 1636.  Every synagogue has its own shofar, but most of them smell like musky ram, because theirs are not properly sanctified at each use with KNH BSM smoke.  Rev. Dr. Anne’s shofar always smells clean and fresh, because it is being used correctly, and has been made incorruptible.  Here at The Healing Church, we think our shofarim don’t stink.

A special hereditary male-only caste of Priests was given special Biblical legal protection to make and use KNH BSM oil and its smoky, God-soothing aroma heavily, day and night, morning to evening, evening to morning, under the law Moses transcribed from his conversation with God on Mount Sinai.    

And while the Hebrews knew that heavy daily cannabis use was hereditary and exactly how rare (occurring in 1 in 36 Hebrew males, according to the Bible), the law describing this hereditary condition (“the Trait”), as Moses wrote it, had 2 major flaws:

  1. Women in Biblical law were wrongfully considered mere property of their father or husband, and so women who had the hereditary trait for KNH BSM were neither counted, nor given special rights (since women had to rights at all); and


  1. Only one woman (Mary) was ever recognized as having Priestly rights or capabilities, despite a number of women who the Bible depicts as prophetesses capable of handled anointing oil, and despite a Biblical narrative which clearly describes the KNH BSM (Priestly) Trait passing on the maternal and not paternal gene.  The proof that the Trait passed maternally can be seen in the examples of both Tamar and Mary  --  Jesus was said, in Isaiah 1:11, to be from the genetic line (“root and stump”) of Jesse.  The problem is that without Mary and Tamar, Jesus had no hereditary link to Jesse at all, even though the law did not recognize women’s lineage or title to be able to pass those holy genetics on to offspring.

Those who had this predilection for heavy cannabis use were called “Priests,” or, if someone arose with the Trait, but outside the patrilineal Priestly dynastic line, they were called “Prophets”.  These Priests and Prophets were known as “Anointed Ones”, or, in Hebrew, Messiahs.  The difference between the two was that a Priest had legal title to use cannabis, as did his sons, but a prophet was an Anointed One (cannabis user) who had no legal title, arising out of breeding lines excluded from the Priesthood by law  --  because the law did not recognize women as people, wrongfully.

Moses’ Law correctly recognized the incidence the Trait in males, and created a safe exemptive office for them, but the Law failed to create any office for women to safely use cannabis, let alone serve as the tribe’s judges, doctors and decision-makers.  

The Law said simply that only men could use cannabis as Anointed Ones, and that their sons would also have the Trait and so should also be Priests  -- a paternal dynasty.  

Therein lay the error of Moses’ Law, because the Biblical narrative (the Bible’s story, beyond the Laws it sets forth) shows that women indeed had the Trait, and could be Prophetesses.  Indeed, the Bible story also shows that Priests’ sons were no more likely than average (1 in 36) to have the trait, unless their mother had it.  

Five times in scripture, the Priestly Trait is only passed to a holy man’s son by virtue of a Prophetess: Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, King Zedekiah’s daughters, and Mary Mother of Jesus.  This proves that Moses’ law for Priestly and kingly succession were in error .  

A holy man’s son, in the Bible, is not necessarily holy (though the Law says he is supposed to be), whereas a holy woman’s son is.  


The Hebrew tradition says a boy’s religion is that of his mother, but their Old Testament Law was otherwise.


The Biblical narrative’s over-arching theme is that each new generation of priests or princes falls shy of their fathers’ holiness, lacking some crucial trait of leadership, unless his mother passed that trait on to him.  It is probably time to give greater recognition to our Prophetesses, and create an office of High Priestess.




Burning Bush painting on altar ceiling, the National Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC , compared to cannabis flower from the authors’ garden


Cannabis, the Tree of Life whose branches are woven throughout Holy Writ from Genesis to Revelations, is returning into the world. As our understanding of this miraculous gift matures, those who formerly shrank away in fear when challenged over their cannabis use will rapidly find the strength and courage to stand up and defend themselves like free women and men. When word spreads that the cannabis plant and its miraculous effects were the basis for both Judaism and Christianity and that this truth has been painstakingly documented by a combined effort of the Catholic Church and the Masons in all the world’s cathedrals, the State’s ability to enforce statutory regulations or impose taxes melts away. Prohibition was enforceable only when the populace believed that cannabis was the stuff of “Reefer Madness”. The Lamb of God takes all that away. Help us to spread the Good News, so that we can unwind from this madness gently.


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Mary, aged 3, fulfilling a prophecy by stopping to dance under the first KNH BSM oil lamp she encounters at the Temple, proving she is a Prophetess and Priestess, as portrayed in the Protovangelicum Jacobi.  The National Franciscan Monastery, Washington DC.


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Fresco exhorting viewers not to pay tax on KNH BSM sacrament for the Lord commanded its soothing aroma.  National Franciscan Monastery catacombs, Washington DC.

Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston MA


Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston MA, Cont’d

Various other US and Sicilian Cathedrals
He looks exasperated.  “It’s not PALMS, I’m tellin ya”    



St Paul fends off seizure or migraine with KNH BSM.  

Note the green doves and green crosses overhead



KNH BSM optical illusion over the altar where JFK was wed.  When the sun goes down, the grapes and wheat, respectively, turn to indica and sativa cannabis.   Photography does not do it justice.

Note cannabis seed sprout silhouettes in red glass

Masonic KNH BSM Door Glass eye and hand dove & burning bush KNH BSM oil lamp and scales

Forbidden sun-god smoking pipe.  Extraordinary for a Catholic Church

On Dec 8, 2015, Pope Francis sent his newly-changed family crest to hang over the Mercy Door in our local Cathedral, SS Peter & Paul, Providence, IN RI.  What used to be a grape cluster is now a cannabis flower.

Pope Francis changed his Papal crest from grapes to a bud!!!


The Vatican has tried to cover this up, but was caught changing their story about it.  See story at: