The Bible speaks of herbs being in the land that was given to Abraham and his descendants. Mandrake grew in that land.
- For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. (Deuteronomy 11:10–12)
- In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Give me, I pray, some of your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.” When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. (Genesis 30:14–16)
- The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and over our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved. (Song of Solomon 7:13)
However, there is a question over whether the mandrakes referred to within the Bible are actually what are known as mandrakes today. The mandrakes referred to in the Song of Solomon are fragrant. The mandrake plant is fetid not fragrant. Moreover, the mandrake plant that belongs to the nightshade family is poisonous.
Pharmacologically, they are the most powerful known anticholinergics in existence, meaning they inhibit the neurological signals transmitted by the endogenous neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Symptoms of overdose may include mouth dryness, dilated pupils, ataxia, urinary retention, hallucinations, convulsions, coma, and death.Given that the Song of Solomon speaks of the mandrake plant as being fragrant, there is the possibility that this plant could be a reference to cannabis. Many people point to this fact, also what is written in the book of Revelation about leaves for healing to justify the use of cannabis.
- In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)
More to the point, the Bible teaches that the Lord our God is our healer. Of course, individual situations are different and each person has to account for the genes they inherit from their parents. Nevertheless, there are examples of people overcoming disabilities through repentance from dead works, faith and healthy eating.
Some support can be found in the Bible for the use of herbs. Whether this support can be used as an article of faith to justify smoking dope as a panacea for healing, may be drawing a long bow. From what I have seen of dope smokers, they should not drive cars and extended usage causes problems in reaction times. One ex-senior lecturer told me that his inability to focus was the product of smoking cannabis (actually, hashish) for fun.
From my experience with dope, I would suggest that getting high on weed is not something that is required when a person can enjoy the presence of the Spirit of God. When we are totally immersed in the presence of God, pain disappears. But on a scale from 1–100, most Christians’ faith would have to be less than ten; their experience of God is less still.
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