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The Healing Uses of Cannabis Used By Ancient Cultures Around The World

Cannabis, a word which still gets you in trouble if you speak it around police officers except in specific places on planet earth, is a plant that has been around for longer than we have. There are depictions of ancient people with it, and even more writings supporting its use throughout recorded history. It’s about time things changed, this plant has been described as a powerful healing agent for centuries, and it should be used as such.

Lets look at all of the Ancients with Cannabis, shall we?

The Ancient Egyptians

It was upon seeing these pictures of Shesat below that inspired this article.  just have a look at the images. It says everything, I shouldn’t even have to write anymore.

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That’s right, by far the very vast majority of modern day Egyptologists agree that Medical Cannabis was used by the ancient Egyptians in their medicines. This viewpoint was highly fought by egyptologists up until the 1930’s, when the evidence was no longer refutable, and historians had no choice but to agree – Yep, it’s weed.

“The papyri contain an extremely rich material medica of which only a fraction has hitherto been identified. This has been done through the patient work of Egyptologists who, by studying finds in graves, hieroglyphic inscriptions where plants figure near their names, and late Coptic texts, have helped considerable in this still unfinished work of identification.”

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What they used it for: Uterine Contraction, Sore toe-nail, Irrigating the Rectum (no joke), and general Fevers and Illness. 

The Ancient Japanese

The Japanese (among other asian cultures) were into the cultivation of Cannabis, in fact, its said that they were (potentially) doing it before civilization even existed – as far back as 10,000 BC! This time period is called the “Neolithic Jomon Period”, (10k – 300 BC) – Jomon itself actually means “Pattern of Rope”, which was a common rope made from Cannabis Hemp.

These ancient asians lived a civilized, comfortable existence, and used the Marijuana plant in many of their creations – weaving clothing, baskets, and eating the seeds as food. What isn’t clear however, is how the seeds first got to Japan. It is believed that they were imported and adapted from the Chinese, or Korea.

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To the left is a Korean pot painting, which shows Korean traders bringing Cannabis to Japan. I know, it’s a little difficult to make out with our modern symbolism, but historians agree – this is what is being depicted.

Surrounding the Cannabis at the top of the staves is a sun-like aura, which is a depiction of the connection between the sun and cannabis in Shinto. It is very similar to hieroglyphic carvings from Mediterranean cultures – which also describe the connection between the plants, and the sun.

Shinto, as we just mentioned, is actually an ancient spiritual practice of the Japanese, about reverence to the “Way of the Gods”, an expression of profound respect to Nature, and through Nature – God. Plants, animals, rocks, trees all possess a spirit or reverence which can be terrifying or peaceful. Purity and fertility are very important to those who practice Shinto, and Cannabis is an essential symbol of both.

In Japan, Cannabis wasn’t just used for basket weaving, it is through the Shinto practice that they would in fact smoke it as well. Here is a painting of a Geisha smoking a bowl with their customers.

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At Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, certain objects are symbolically made from hemp. For example, the thick bell-ropes must be hempen, as is the noren, a short curtain which acts as a symbolic purification “veil”, meant to cause evil spirits to flee from the body as the head brushes lightly beneath it.

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Cannabis was outlawed in Japan after World War 2, when allied-forces occupied Japan to help rebuild and reshape the nation after all of the destruction of the war…. Wow.  In a time when they’d need it more than ever, am I right?

The Ancient Chinese

Of course, if the Japanese got it from the Chinese, then we need to cover this next!

To be completely truthful: The first recorded use of Marijuana as a medical drug occurred in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nug, who documented the effectiveness of the plant in treating Gout, and Rheumatism. Both Hemp and Marijuana were widely used across ancient China probably long before the Emperor wrote his notes.

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They used virtually every part of the Cannabis plant, the Root for medicine, the stem for textiles, rope, and paper making; and of course, the leaves and flowers for getting high, as well as a medicine. They also used the seeds for oil, as well as food.

There is a lot more to learn about the Chinese use of Marijuana! You can read much more about it on Ancient-Origins.net! 

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There is ample evidence to suggest that Christ himself used Cannabis in his healing practices. Not necessarily that he “relied” on it, but used it in his practices.  Here is a painting called “Jesus Healing the Blind” from the 12th Century, Painted by Basilica Catedrale di Santa Maria Nouva di Monreale in Sicily. (Isn’t that quite a name?)

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According to a study of scriptural texts published in 2003, Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the plant.

The study suggests that Christ and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called Kaneh-Bosem, which today has been identified as Cannabis extract. You can read about that here, in an article by Chris Bennet.

Christ also used an incense during his ceremonies which also contained this cannabis extract. The scholar who did a lot of this research, Mr. Bennet quotes many scholars, such as Carl Ruck, who writes:

There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion. […] Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”

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But this wasn’t the first, nor the last time that Cannabis was used in these times. In fact, the bible is filled with references to Cannabis! Check this out:

I have a feeling you’re starting to get the point, so for the sake of brevity, we’re going to go over a bulleted list of a bunch more!

India

Bhang – a drink made from Cannabis and Milk is used as an Anesthetic

The Middle East

In the Venidad, one of the volumes of the Zend-Avesta the ancient Persian texts, describe Bhang from India, as well as lists Cannabis as THE MOST IMPORTANT of 10,000 medicinal plants.

Ancient Greece

In ancient Greece, Cannabis is used as a remedy for earache, edema, and inflammation.

Rome

A Greek Psysician who was a Roman army doctor and travelled on many campaigns throughout the Empire at the time, studied many plants, and published a book called De Materia Medica (On Medical Matters). This book became one of the most important medical tomes for the next 1500 years.

It basically said bluntly, that Cannabis was incredible in treating earaches, and suppress sexual longing. If you were a soldier in the army who left his wife at home, then you need some cannabis while your away!

Shakespeare

In the South African Journal of Science, they published the results of a chemical analysis of the plant residue in many tobacco pipes from the time period of William Shakespeare, including several pipes that came from Shakespeares garden itself.

Results of this study (including 24 pipe fragments) indicated Cannabis in EIGHT samples. It was suggested that Shakespeare liked Cannabis because of its mind expanding properties!

Britain

In 1621 a book was published “The Anatomy of Melancholy”, which suggested Cannabis as a treatment for depression.

It is then used by Queen Victoria for her menstrual cramps.

America

There is nobody more “American” in the modern “United States” sense of the word, than George Washington. Who himself, grew Hemp for about 30 years on his plantation. He has a particular interest in Medical Cannabis, and several of his journal entries describe that he was purposefully growing Cannabis with high levels of THC.

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This list goes on, and on, and on.

As you can see, Marijuana only really became illegal globally in the last 100 years or so, as the World Wars forced countries into positions of submission to other powers, we saw the global shut-down of Marijuana as any sort of beneficial thing, and it became a cursed plant in the eyes of the masses.

Today, with the powers of information, we can break through that veil and once again open up the world to the curiosity that comes from a stimulated mind on Marijuana, and the healing powers that comes from such a plant when used purposefully as a medicine.

There is no better time for change!

Thank you for reading,
Jordan Pearce

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For those interested in learning and reading more, here are some of the sites that I referenced in creating this article.

Medical Marijuana History

Ancient History of Marijana

Ancient Origins

Advanced Holistic Health

And of course, all of the links referenced throughout this article! 

 

Groundbreaking Magic Mushroom Study Reveals Long Term Positive Effects On The Brain

John Hopkins University of Medicine has recently published a study providing insight into the benefits of mediated doses of Psilocybin, the active psychedelic chemical found inside of Magic Mushrooms.

The study came about from the question “What is the Right Dose?”, after observing many unique studies around the world describing the benefits of Psilocybin, and also many accounts of “Bad Trips”. This study goes into the specific dosage which creates lasting spiritual awareness and positive transformation in the user!

During the study, the participants were encouraged to be blindfolded in a laying down position, as well as wearing headphones and being as completely relaxed as possible.  None knew how much of a dosage they were getting.

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What was discovered was that higher doses correlated with more positive effects and that out of all of the participants, 78% of them reported having experienced one of the top 5 most spiritual experience they ever had in their lives – despite reports that anxiety, fear, and stress also increased six times during the period of ingestion.

The doses then decreased from there, going from 20mg down to 5. At these levels, they only had 1 volunteer reporting any sort of negative experience, and ALL volunteers reporting positive experiences. Even at the lowest level, it was still demonstrated to have noticable, lasting effects – so much so that the family and friends of the participants noticed positive changes in their personality.

“We seem to have found levels of the substance and particular conditions for its use that give a high probability of a profound and beneficial experience, a low enough probability of psychological struggle, and very little risk of any actual harm,”

Roland Griffiths, PhD.

Now, this study has actually been going on for some time, because a followup 14 months afterwards resulted in 94% of everyone who went through this experiment still claiming that this was in their top 5 most spiritual experiences of their lives.

Personally, i’m thrilled that John Hopkins university is continuing to look at and unlock the potential of Psilocybin! There is so much we don’t know about reality, and these seemingly magical hallucinogen has been known to help quit smoking, heal the body, and transcend time and space itself.

What will we learn next?!

Stay tuned!

With love,
Jordan Pearce

Source – Minds.com and:

Griffiths, Roland R., Matthew W. Johnson, William A. Richards, Brian D. Richards, Una McCann, and Robert Jesse. “Psilocybin Occasioned Mystical-type Experiences: Immediate and Persist.” Ing Dose-related Effects. Psychopharmacology, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.Griffiths, Roland R., William A. Richards, Una McCann, and Robert Jesse. “Psilocybin Occasioned Mystical-type Experiences: Immediate and Persist.” Ing Dose-related Effects. Psychopharmacology, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.Ridden, Paul. “Johns Hopkins Study Finds Psilocybin Dosage ‘sweet Spot’ for Positive and Lasting Effects.” Johns Hopkins Study Finds Psilocybin Dosage ‘sweet Spot’ for Positive and Lasting Effects. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.Council on Spiritual Practices: Psilocybin http://csp.org/psilocybin/

Helping Heal Hatred: The Secret Cause of Hate

Typically, hatred is seen as a negative and therefore unacceptable thing in our society. But hatred is a valid feeling, and when we deem something as bad and unacceptable to feel, we resist it within ourselves. And in a universe based on the law of attraction, whatever we resist persists. Instead of denying our hatred, we need to admit it to ourselves.

When we feel hatred and peel back that hatred to expose the more vulnerable emotions underneath it. Only then can we end hatred in ourselves and therefore end it in the world.

“Hatred is a cover emotion for fear and hurt. So address the fear and hurt directly then focus on things that cause you to feel empowered and safe and watch the hatred melt away. “

Spirit Food: Healing the Root Chakra

The root chakra is an energy center located at the base of the spine. When it vibrates there’s a vibrant red color in your aura. The root chakra is connected to grounded physical, emotional, and mental well-being.  It’s known as the first chakra with a strong connection to survival, generational patterns, and security with food, money, love, etc. The root chakra holds the base of our lives. Check out Chakras 101: The Root Chakra to find out more.

Working consciously with the root chakra can have a profound effect in healing the mind and body connection. Your root chakra may be closed, open, or overactive, so here are some guidelines to evaluate what your root chakra is doing.chakras

When your Root Chakra is closed: You may feel abandoned by your parents, friends, or a partner. You feel that you’re constantly scrapping by, going without, and holding on to life barely surviving. You may have thoughts relating to a lack of money or food. You feel that you’re not connected to anyone in your presence so you act aloof and withdrawn. You have negative self-talk that you hate your body and you’re not good enough the way you are. Depression, no endurance, anxiety, lack of focus, and restlessness are what you feel on a daily basis.

When your Root Chakra is open: You feel that you’re wanted and belong with your family or friends. You’re healthy with a strong connection to your body and happy with your current physical manifestation. You’re financially secure and manage money well, with a steady flow of having what you need and want. You work with the world and trust in the universe.

When your Root Chakra is over-active: You have materialistic thoughts placing your self-worth on what you have. You may develop an overactive sex drive, with greediness, anger, aggression, annoyance, controlling and impulsive behavior. It’s difficult for you to accept change and have very rigid boundaries with the people around you. Continue reading

Understanding Soul Contracts: Agreements We Made Before Coming to Earth

Before we are born we are asked just one question by our soul family. “What is it you would like to learn this lifetime?” It is then, in our answer, that soul contracts are formed. 

If we wish to learn patience, we will not ask to be surrounded by Zen Masters, but rather people (siblings for example) who will push our buttons and annoy us to the ends of the earth. If we wish to learn love, we will be shown hate, and no matter the lesson, we ask that the opposite be brought to us for example, if self confidence is chosen, then friends in disguise will come and step on us.

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It is within this very principle that all soul contracts are based, for it is only in being stepped on that we have no choice but to learn to STAND UP for ourselves.

Self development can be a deeply painful process that by nature requires us to be scrubbed. It is in the repetitive scrubbing of a diamond that it gains its sparkle and we are no different. There are two kinds of pain, learning pain and abusive pain. While the latter serves little to no purpose, the former is fundamental to our growth as human beings.

Other than beginner’s luck, which (in my opinion) is the universes way of showing us that we can achieve a high level of success, with of course, practice; the first step to growth is being knocked off balance.

We get removed from center by ‘x’ amount which is directly proportionate to how much we have chosen to learn. It is through learning and growth that we come back to our center with the tools that were required to bring ourselves home.

The flip side of our return to balance is expressed directly as growth.

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The universe in its infinite love for us will continue to send us lessons, and one of the most frustrating truths to accept is as follows: ‘Wow, you learned a lesson, you overcame a problem?

Congratulations, here is your reward… ANOTHER problem.’ Each time we show the universe that we can take the heat, life becomes a little hotter! It is simply one of the painful aspects to this path of learning, yet it is beautiful because of the growth we experience from it.

The main thing to remember here (going full circle) is that it is our friends who come to teach us these lessons. It is our soul friends who (by our consent) hurt us, our friends who betray us and our friends who give us our opportunities to learn.

In order for these experiences to seem real, we naturally forget that they are our friends when we cross over the river of forgetfulness (birth). If you would rather be happy than right, just pretend that they love you, it will definitely change your perspective!

Spring Cleaning for the Mind

Winter is ending and new life is springing up everywhere. It’s time to do some spring cleaning and just like we clean our house from the built up layers of winter, we should also clean ourselves body, mind and soul.

Cultivating a harmonious mind is a lot like cultivating a harmonious home. Just like keeping our floors swept, regular clearing of thought-waste is an essential for those seeking a sound mind.

We occupy our minds in much the same way that we occupy our homes. In fact, your mind is your home, experientially speaking. From there you sit and watch the world play out around you. You take in everything you see and feel and decide how to react all from your little control tower you call your mind.

It has been said that your current state of mind is the sum of your thoughts up to now. We are inundated with thoughts all day every day, so we must come up with ways to let go of thoughts that no longer serve us. All thoughts, especially hostile ones, leave behind little bits of themselves that collect over time in dark corners and need to be lovingly cleared out and let go.

Here is a simple meditation/visualization that can be done quickly or with great detail when it’s time for your mental spring cleaning.

With a soft gaze forward take a few deep breaths, and settle the mind as you would starting any meditation. When you feel settled and present, close your eyes and bring to your visual mind the room that you are sitting in, exactly how it is.

Declutter and clean the room in your mind. Don’t let this become another to-do list, just give yourself a few moments to feel what this clean new space would look like.

Light an imaginary incense or candle and feel the cleansing smoke wash through the air, (some actual smudging beforehand will help too).

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Beginning directly in front of you, take your mind around the room, section by section. In these sections, remove anything doesn’t bring joy and replace it with something that does. A plant, a painting, a window letting in beautiful natural sunlight, or any other element that brings pleasant, fresh chi will do.

Work all the way around the room from where you are sitting until you come back to where you started. The amount of detail is entirely up to you and how much time you are able to put in. In a few minutes you can give it a quick once over, or you can take your time and really work it out.

Spend some time mentally in this place you’ve just created, not thinking about changing the physical room into something else, just enjoying this peaceful place.

Before leaving the room, express gratitude for the time you’ve spent there and any pleasant feelings you’ve experienced. Exit and open the eyes when you feel ready.

Not only will you feel more at home as you continue your day, but you will be building a safe space in your mind that you can access any time. With continued practice, you can ‘build’ even more elaborate rooms that your mind will recognize when summoned later. By utilizing your knowledge of feng shui and applying it with a healthy dose of imagination, you can create mental spaces conducive to a healthy, harmonious, state of mind.