Skepchick Quickies, 11.3


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  1. Orthodox Jews, who, like the late kabbalistic rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, believe that cannabis was one of the ingredients in the holy anointing oil described in the Torah.

    Not that it would matter to them, but hasn’t this been refuted? Something about a translation error? I just did a quick search and couldn’t come up with it so now I’m curious.

  2. Anecdotal evidence and the collective’s growing membership rolls would suggest that the lotion does have therapeutic benefits.


    @ZenMonkey: From later in the article, Yitzchok Adlerstein, a professor of Jewish law and ethics at Loyola University who is Orthodox:

    Still, he was skeptical of the claim that the oil used on the likes of King David contained cannabis. “To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing in Jewish text that mentions cannabis,” Adlerstein says. “It might be a product of these people’s imagination or what they were smoking.”

    He also wisely says that he would like to see the lotion’s efficacy backed up by Western medical research. Smart Rabbi is smart.

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