Cannabis and the joys of biblical Hebrew!


Let’s talk about cannabis! No, not the actual plant. I’m far more interested in its cool etymology. Do you know that “cannabis” comes from the Hebrew word “קנבוס” (“KaNaBoS”)? And קנבוס actually comes from the ancient Biblical term, “קנה בשם” (“KaNeH BoSeM”), one of the ingredients of the anointing oil delineated in Exodus 30:23! “KaNeh Bosem” was a pungent and aromatic stalk plant used to soak in the sacred oil, most likely hemp.

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