Genesis – A Cannabis Conspiracy?

Genesis: Cannabis Conspiracy

In the beginning, the earth was without form and void; and God said, “Let there be cannabis!” and there was cannabis, and God saw that it was good.

Now, this is a paraphrase, of course. But, it’s still true that God created every living thing on earth and saw that it was good; and that includes cannabis.

Here’s what it actually says about the plants that God created:

Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12

Here, we notice that God’s creation of vegetation was for humans to use and enjoy. His intention was that we should take advantage of all the benefits found in these plants, whether for food, or for textiles, or for medicine, the whole point is that plants are good.

One might argue that poisonous mushrooms, poison oak, poison ivy and hemlock are also plants, and that ingesting them or touching them could either kill you or make you wish you were dead.

Still, even those toxic plants, such as hemlock are useful in creating medicines and homeopathic remedies. So, whereas they might be immediately dangerous, they can still be processed to accentuate their healing properties, and this makes them good, too.

So, if these plants can produce healing effects, why not cannabis?

Well, it does produce healing effects. Lots of them.

For example:

There are at least two active chemicals [in cannabis] that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD) — which seems to impact the brain without a high— and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which has pain relieving properties and is largely responsible for the high… In addition to CBD and THC, there are another 400 or so chemical compounds, more than 60 of which are cannabinoids. Many of these could have medical uses.

What’s more, our bodies are actually designed to automatically absorb those healing properties via built-in receptors that are customized to react perfectly to cannabidiol (CBD).

In other words, human beings have a built-in Endocannabinoid System which is thirsty for the specific healing properties found in CBD and has receptors that are designed to do exactly that. As explained in a research paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information:

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays key modulatory roles during synaptic plasticity and homeostatic processes in the brain. Based on anecdotal evidence obtained from cannabis use, laboratory studies, and from emerging clinical work, modulation of the ECS has been proposed as a promising therapeutic target to treat numerous central nervous system (CNS) disorders including neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy and cognitive deficits among others.

Based on the most current research, CBD naturally:

  • Targets several key receptors in the body
  • Inhibits FAAH (an enzyme)
  • Inhibits proinflammatory cytokines
  • Acts as a powerful antioxidant
  • Stimulates the endocannabinoid system

In other words, CBD is already designed by God to react with your body’s own receptors and aligns perfectly with your own chemical makeup, so the positive effects are felt immediately.

Bottom line: CBD oil helps you to maintain homeostasis by affecting various biological systems in your body.

Is that an accident? Probably not. It’s obvious that the same intelligent mind that designed the chemical properties found in CBD also designed the human body to react to those same compounds in order to help your body function properly.

So, if God created herbs like cannabis for our benefit, and it we’re now discovering a wide variety of healing properties contained within the herb, and if we also now realize that our own bodies were also perfectly engineered to take full advantage of those properties, why is it that cannabis has been demonized for so long?

Well, that’s a long story. Maybe it’s not even worth exploring too deeply, but in general, the demonization of cannabis as a dangerous drug started around the time of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 when Mexican immigrants and refugees began to bringing their drug of choice – marijuana – with them to American.

As author Eric Schlosser wrote:

The prejudices and fears that greeted these peasant immigrants also extended to their traditional means of intoxication: smoking marijuana… Police officers in Texas claimed that marijuana incited violent crimes, aroused a ‘lust for blood,’ and gave its users ‘superhuman strength.’ Rumors spread that Mexicans were distributing this ‘killer weed’ to unsuspecting American schoolchildren.

So, this racial stereotype against Mexican immigrants gave rise to a fear of marijuana in the early 1900s, but before that marijuana use wasn’t prohibited. In fact:

Anglo-Americans and Europeans have known about marijuana’s medicinal benefits since at least the 1830s. Around that time, Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor studying in India, documented that cannabis extracts could ease cholera symptoms like stomach pain and vomiting. By the late 19th century, Americans and Europeans could buy cannabis extracts in pharmacies and doctors’ offices to help with stomach aches, migraines, inflammation, insomnia, and other ailments.

However, once the American people’s fear of an invasion of Mexicans who were all high on marijuana took hold, the drug began to be made illegal. Between 1916 and 1931, 29 states outlawed marijuana. Finally, the Marijuana Act of 1937 effectively banned cannabis nationwide, despite objections from the American Medical Association related to medical use.

Notably, this act became just one year after the release of the now-infamous film, “Reefer Madness” which wildly-overstated the dangers of marijuana and effectively demonized its use in the minds of parents and teenagers everywhere.

However, if we know that, according to Genesis, God created cannabis for our benefit, and if our bodies were also created to synthesize those healing properties quickly and efficiently via our endocannabinoid system, and if we know that CBD won’t get us high or intoxicate us, and if we also know that CBD has many healing properties, then maybe – just maybe – we shouldn’t be afraid to take advantage of CBD to help treat chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, anxiety, and all the other maladies that plague us today.

What do you think?

Keith Giles
Keith Giles
Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. He is now a best selling author and co-hosts the "Heretic Happy Hour" podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Podbean. He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

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