420 Product Review: Marijuana And The Bible


Nearly everyone who smokes marijuana amongst friends, myself included, has noticed that the discussions frequently turn to “God.” There’s something about being high that causes a person to ponder such things. I think it’s a near universal experience for all cannabis users.

I’ve also met more than a few people who aren’t at all interested in going to church on Sunday but express great interest in attending a “hot box” church, where the members get stoned and worship God. The Rastafarian religion instantly comes to mind.

Every now and then I run across a fellow Christian who admits to attending church high. In my experience, many of these folks are actually quite devout in their devotion, despite their love of marijuana. I put myself in this category and for a long time I dreamed about substituting cannabis for incense and wished there was such a church that I could attend.

Against this mental backdrop, it was with great interest that I picked up a copy of this book and began to read. The first half of the book is a concise, fairly well documented history of the liturgical use of marijuana in the ancient world; it’s various names and its surprisingly widespread religious usage.

The author then further drills down on cannabis in the Old Testament and presents a very convincing case that the Old Testament Jewish Priests were annointed with a very potent, cannabis infused oil before serving in the temple! He also makes a very strong assertion that cannabis (Kaneh Bosum) was a prime ingredient in the Temple Incense.

The etymological roots of the words in the Bible alone were enough to convince me that the Jeff Brown’s theory is accurate. When coupled with the nearly universal tendency to ponder, discuss and theorize about “God,” the universe, the nature of life and death and other familiar “stoner” topics I will admit that the author has convinced me that the liturgical use of cannabis in Old Testament Jewish worship is both factual and historical.

At this point in the book I was quite excited, because I was quite anxious to learn about a Christian Church that encouraged the liturgical use of marijuana. And this point in the book is also where my enthusiasm became dampened.

Instead of discovering an ancient Christian denomination, like the Ethiopian Coptic Church, or the Ethiopian Orthodox Church—which happens to be the church that His Royal Majesty Haile Selassie belonged to AND the church that Bob Marley was baptized into months before his death—I discovered that Jeff Brown’s Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church was not at all a Christian, Jewish or even a true Rastafarian church.

While he does a fantastic job showing that the Bible actually commands the use of cannabis in the holy anointing oil and the temple incense of the Old Testament Jewish Temple, he then goes on from here and begins to make the claim that marijuana is the true Sacrament; the Body and Blood of Christ, not the bread and wine that the New Testament clearly communicates.

I discussed Jeff Brown’s theological theories with both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox priests and both of them quickly rejected the idea of cannabis being the Body of Christ, calling such a notion “heresy.” In other words, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church is not considered a Christian church by either the Ethiopian Orthodox or the Coptic churches.

I was crushed! I still haven’t found a true “hot box” Christian church to visit but I shall keep looking! In the meantime, I simply cannot accept Jeff Brown’s theories regarding cannabis being the Holy Spirit and Christ Himself.

On the other hand, Jeff Brown has done the world a great service by showing quite convincingly that marijuana was used by nearly all ancient religions, including and especially the Jewish religion. Yes folks, there’s a reason we all tend to discuss God when we get high. The plant is meant to do that, and the ancients realized this and used cannabis accordingly.

If the reader has any sort of guilt about their use of cannabis alongside their participation in the Christian or Jewish faith, the first part of Marijuana and The Bible is enough to convince anyone with an open mind that not only is it OK to use cannabis and worship the God of the Bible, it is actually commanded!

Author: Jeff Brown and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church
Book Review by: Doc Bud
Publisher: Jeff Brown and Createspace, an Amazon Company
Purchase Marijuana and The Bible here: Amazon.com: Marijuana and the Bible eBook: Jeff Brown: Kindle Store


  1. Thankyou for your fine review. Freedom of religion dictates that I am free to believe anything I want. And I truly believe cannabis is the spiritual food shared by Christ and his disciples. And according to the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) I am free to practice my religion as long as I am sincere and the government can show no compelling interest in forbidding my practice- in other words am I harming others or myself. It is only a matter of time before federal prohibition falls by the wayside. Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity, creation and the Creator. one love

  2. Thank you for this enlightenment. I believe this single celled organism is a miracle from God. It was probably used in biblical times to cast out demons (epileptic seizures). To bad it can’t cure Trump’s megalomaniac disorder and the ignorance of all those who follow his policies.

  3. There is no god. The Old Testament is the word of man not the word of god. Thomas Paine says so in his work, the Age of Reason.

    The Declaration of Independence uses; “laws of nature and nature’s god” not almighty god, and “their creator” not “the creator” to express independence from England, and The Church of England.

    Jefferson didn’t like the Clergy Class.

  4. I have only been following Yeshua [Jesus] since November ’69. I don’t know everything, but I do know that Messiah didn’t need or use any ‘helpers’. Neither did His early followers. If they used anything like cannabis, we would know because the authors of the New Covenant writings would have told us.

    What may or may not have been used before Christ’s 1st advent is immaterial. He fulfilled the previous Law & all it entails & set it aside. He condensed all the OT Law into Love Elohim with all your heart & love your neighbor as yourself.

    While Yeshua IS the anointed of Elohim, His anointing came from the Holy Spirit, not a substance of any kind. While I agree that Father has no problem with the wise, moderate or medical use of an herb HE created, He never intended it to be used as a sacrament or conduit to the holy, so to speak. The Holy Spirit of Yeshua is the only helper we need in regard to walking with the I AM, Elohim or getting ‘in touch’ with Him.

    Messiah said He would send His people a Helper. He specifically stated the Helper He would send would be the Holy Spirit. As far as being a child of God through Jesus goes, His Holy Spirit is all we need in that regard.

    In Jesus’ day, if an oil was used for anointing, it was made from olives, not cannabis.



  5. Funny. No one would walk into an art gallery or car dealership & demand proof that the art or automobiles displayed were created by someone. No one would demand ‘proof’ of Ford or GM’s existence. The evidence for that is easy too see.

    Yet many walk around on planet earth observing the natural beauty all around, then go tell people ‘there is no creator’.

    Kind of odd that … Would that be some kind of ‘spiritual double standard’?

    Jefferson…I don’t like religion either. Yeshua never came to start one in the first place. He came for relationship, NOT religion.

    I cannot ‘prove’ there is a Creator. However He did leave a LOT of evidence that points to Him.

    Only one way to absolutely prove God is real to yourself. You have to ask Him. There are stipulations…one must be willing to turn from sin & follow His Son, Jesus. I did that in ’69. He proved Himself real & true that evening.

    No substance I had ever tried did for me what He did in me that night. I’d been substance free about 10 days prior. I was really & truly made aware in my innermost being that YES! Elohim & Jesus are real. It’s not a ‘head ‘ thing. It’s was an in my heart beyond words experience.