Several theories claim the word ‘cannabis‘ (קנאבוס) is Hebrew.
One of these theories claims that the Biblical term qaneh_bosm – an ingredient in the holy oil that anointed prophets, priests, and kings (thus giving them visionary powers) – refers specifically to cannabis.
Qaneh_bosm was also used to anoint special objects, like the altar of incense and the tent of meeting, to mark them as sacred. Note the term ‘Messiah’, mahshiyach (משיח), literally means “anointed“.
We live in a time when cannabis is becoming normalized, decriminalized and legalized along many fronts – medical, recreational, and industrial. This is an exciting change from the days when the plant was totally outlawed and stigmatized by politicians and their enforcers.
Regardless of cannabis’ exact role in Biblical times, the Canaanites, forerunners of agriculture as they were, likely cultivated cannabis.
Could the etymology of ‘cannabis’ actually derive from ‘Canaan’? Could cannabis – which activates heightened awareness within human mind – have facilitated the reception / invention of the alphabet? And what does the future hold for cannabis’ role in society?
To find out, let’s apply the Method; ‘Ahlehp_Pehleh’; Forward and Reverse, which unlocks the hidden fire of ‘ELOHIM in everything:
Forward ‘Cannabis’ (קנאבוס)
First we note our subject of study, cannabis, in its original, Canaanite form: qwuph – nwun – ‘ahleph – vaiyth – wahw – ssahmekh | cwbanq
Cannabis begins with qwuph, the letter that gave birth to our modern “Q”, which retains its ancient shape as an oval penetrated by a curved line. One thing qwuph symbolizes is the brain-spine connection, i.e. the nervous system, and alludes to the fact that humankind has an internal cannabis-like system within our biology — the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system, like THC and CBD, was discovered by Israeli scientist, Raphael Mechoulam. The current cannabis movement – scientific and commercial – owes much of its existence to this man and his peers. Its telling that modern cannabis research had its roots in the soil of historic Canaan.
Now let’s utilize the ‘definitive primary’- ‘ahlehp – attaching it to the qwuph in ‘cannabis’, producing qai’ (קא) which means “vomit“. Here the Language highlights cannabis’ medicinal potential to treat symptoms like vomiting and nausea, common side-effects of chemotherapy among cancer patients.
In their 2013 study, ‘Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system‘, Nissar A. Darmani and Andrew P. Ray wrote: “Cannabis has long been known to limit or prevent nausea and vomiting from a variety of causes. This has led to extensive investigations that have revealed an important role for cannabinoids and their receptors in the regulation of nausea and emesis. With the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, novel ways to regulate both nausea and vomiting have been discovered that involve the production of endogenous cannabinoids acting centrally.”
In Hebrew, the letters naturally duplicate themselves. We call this principle daghesh forte. By doubling the vaiyth (“b”) within ‘cannabis’, we get qahvav (קבב) meaning “to curse, to blaspheme.” Zealous (qahna’) regimes and priesthoods have demonized and guarded this plant throughout human history, perhaps because the Powers-That-Be were / are afraid that if the masses embraced responsible cannabis usage, it would spark an explosion of critical thinking and non-conformity. Prohibition must end.
We retain the qwuph-vaiyth root within ‘cannabis’ and attach the other primary key – hai’ / h’al – to it, producing qavah (קבה), “female pudenda“, the female external genitalia. Cannabis comes in male and female form. Female plants are the only ones that generate “bud”, the THC and CBD-rich flower. Growers inspect young plants to determine their sex by looking for small, wispy pistils that equate to female external genitalia. The precision of the Language of ‘ELOHIM is impressive to behold.
Qahnah (קנה) is the verb, “to procure, to acquire, to purchase, to gain, to create, to possess, to redeem.” In the passive form, “to be bought.” Cannabis is valuable; carefully grown for commercial acquisition. Its always been an in-demand good, which is why the legalized industry carries so much promise for job-creation and economic improvement. Cannabis shall be redeemed, literally and figuratively, once its accepted and nurtured as an important component of the global market, and creates qinyahn (קנין), wealth and value, for the world.
Qahneh (קנה) means “reed, cane, stalk; sweet cane or calamus; a measuring rod; a balance beam, balance; bone of the upper arm; shaft of the candelabrum.” Cannabis stalks, especially in hemp form, can produce textiles, paper, rope, even natural construction material (“hempcrete“). The versatility of this plant is amazing. We would do well to begin replacing tree pulp-paper with hemp-paper, and begin to reverse the disasters caused by deforestation.
Proceeding right-to-left (Forward) through ‘cannabis’, we note na’ah (נאה), “to be convenient, becoming, lovely, pleasant.” Cannabis comes in various strains, many of which are ‘lovely’ or aesthetically exquisite. And the psycho-spiritual effect that comes with cannabis consumption is often ‘pleasant’ due to the cannabinoids that ‘conveniently’ fit perfectly with our endocannabinoid receptors.
Nwuv (נוב) means “to bud, sprout, grow, thrive; to utter, speak.” Cannabis is cultivated. The Master Grower causes the production of the seed into a vigorous plant that sprouts valuable buds. The elevated consciousness that results from the ingestion of these buds constitutes the Voice of Cannabis that ‘speaks’ individually to each consumer. The quality of the buds also ‘speaks to’ the degree of skill possessed by the Grower.
We prefix an ‘ahleph to the “b” within ‘cannabis’ and get ‘eiv (אב), “young shoot, sprout; greenness, verdure, fresh grass.” The definitions generated by the Method are sometimes so simple and/or obvious that commentary or deeper interpretation is not necessary. ‘ELOHIM often speaks directly.
‘Eiveh (אבה) like qaneh means “reed, cane”. But where qahneh refers more to the physical stalks of the plant, ‘eiveh, as in ‘eiveh aniym “boats of reed”, emphasizes the precious fiber within the stalks – the fiber used to make the hempen rope prized by sailors throughout the ages, possibly used first by the Canaanite-Phoenician sea-merchant and explorers.
At this point, we note a couple of apparent coincidentals:
1) When I (Erik) wrote “boats”, I also heard the word “boats” from a certain rap song.
2) As I was defining qahnah (acquisition) and qahneh (stalks), I suddenly came to a website about Christopher Columbus’ spice trade, just as I was listening to a song, You can’t be neutral on a moving train, which laments how Columbus – “sailing west in an attempt to find golden spices” – enslaved, massacred, and converted the natives. The song begins with a sample of Howard Zinn talking about how the government lies to the people.
Both coincidental events share a nautical theme, thus emphasizing cannabis-rope’s role in supporting human exploration and discovery. But the themes of economic and racial exploitation of native peoples and resources are also present, and serve as a warning to the future cannabis industry to treat people and resources humanely. There is also the implication that First Nation communities have a special share in the new cannabis industry.
Moving Forward through ‘cannabis’, we note nahva’ (נבא), “to be inspired, to prophesy, to speak or sing as a prophet.” Cannabis intoxicates the mind and inspires the soul. Humans have always used cannabis to tap into the deeper levels of reality and find inspiration, perhaps because cannabis tends to hassah (הסה) “silence, still” the normal thinking process, allowing us to listen.
Vaha’sh (באש) means “to be foul or loathsome, to stink.” In its receptive form, “to make oneself stinking, loathsome, hated, defamed.” In its causative form, “to make stinking, loathsome, hated, defamed.” In its reflective form, “to be odious.” Vo’sha (באשה) is a”foul plant, weed.” Vasa’m (בשם) is “balsam-shrub“. Ve’sem (בשם) means “sweet scent, fragrance, balsam-scent; aromatic spice.”
These definitions all point to the plant’s terpenes and terpenoids, which gives cannabis its distinctive smell.
Notice the negatives like “loathsome” and “hated”. A consistent theme in this investigation has been that cannabis-consumers face social pressure and prosecution from governmental agencies that have defamed and stigmatized the plant for their own self-interests.
Reverse ‘Cannabis’ (קנאבוס)
Having completed our initial Forward (right-to-left) gleaning, we now turn around, like a farmer plowing the fields of creative mind, and go in Reverse (left-to-right) through ‘cannabis’.
Ssa’an (סאן) means “to put on; to equip oneself.” The healing cannabinoids within plant-based cannabis “equip” themselves onto the endocannabinoid system, like keys in a lock, fitting perfectly into our receptor system. When we appropriately consume cannabis, we equip our bodies and brains with palliative, beneficial substances. If we go overboard, we risk becoming something of a ssahva’ (סבא), “drunkard”, overly intoxicated. The key is finding the right dosage for the right moment. Moderation is critical.
Ssahvav (סבב) means “to go round, to go in a circle, to surround, to encompass, to besiege; to go or turn about; to change; to bring about.” In its receptive form, “to turn oneself; to place oneself in a circle; to turn to, to turn about.” In its intensive form, “to change, to alter.” In its causative form, “to cause to turn; to change; to transfer; to bring; to direct, to conduct, to lead about; to surround; to go about; to be turned; to be turning, to revolve; to be surrounded; to be changed.” Cannabis takes us on a journey, it alters our state of consciousness, changes our thinking and perception in subtle ways.
Ssahviyv (סביב) is “a circle, circuit.” Cannabis effects the brain’s neural circuitry. Whether the effects are beneficial or damaging depends on the frequency of usage and the responsibility (or lack thereof) of the consumer. Cannabis, like other potent substances, should be handled with great care and discretion.
Viyn (בין) means “to discern, perceive, observe, pay attention, understand, know.” In the receptive form, “to be intelligent, to be knowing.” In its causative form, “to make intelligent; to make understood; to instruct; to teach; to perceive, mark, understand, know.” In its reflexive form, “to attend to; to be sensible.”
Vayin (בין) means “interstice, space between.” The refined perceptive qualities that emerge from the cannabis experience all happens between the neurotransmitters – in the space between called the synapses. Herein is the source of the plant’s power to equip the brain/mind with a deeper understanding.
‘Ahnas (אנש) means “to sicken, to make incurable; sick, ill, incurable; melancholy, sorrowful; bad, wicked.” In its receptive form, “to be sick to death.” Again the Language emphasizes the medicinal nature of cannabis, its not just a drug but a plant-based medication that alleviates sickness and pain, especially for those who face “incurable” diseases like cancer.
Nahsa’ (נשא) means “to raise, to lift up [the countenance, the eyes, the voice, the soul]; to bear, to carry, to wear; to take, to take away; to accept, to be partial.” In its receptive form, “to be lifted up, to be raised; to be elevated, extolled, exalted; to be borne, carried, taken away.” In its intensive form, “to raise, lift up, exalt, heighten; to support, help; to carry off.” In its causative form, “to cause to bear; to apply to.” In its reflexive form, “to raise oneself, to be exalted, to be proud, haughty.” All these definitions relate in specific ways to the experience of getting “high” or “lifted” off marijuana.
Nahshah (נשא) means “to be deceived; to mislead.” Dependence on substances, cannabis included, can be deceptive and ultimately defeating. As much as we might champion the responsible use of cannabis, we have to acknowledge its risks that come with unhealthy addiction. One such risk of chronic usage is nahshah_h (נשה), “forgetting, neglecting” of memory. The connection between marijuana and memory, however, is more complex than we currently know. More study needs to be done, especially in terms of how cannabis can actually benefit memory problems in certain groups such as people suffering from Alzheimers and/or PTSD.
Nahshav (נשב) means “to breathe, to blow.” Inhaling smoke from burned cannabis is perhaps the most popular and most effective delivery system to achieve the intended results. Nahshaq (נשק) means “to kiss; to be attached; to put on, to arm oneself.” In its intensive form, nahshaq means “to touch, to fit to one another.”
When we consume cannabis, the cannabinoids from the plant attach themselves to our endocannabinoid system, like a lock and key. This symbiotic embrace between human and plant is a kind of kiss. Like a kiss, it uplifts the mind, soul and countenance. It expands feelings of love and appreciation for the world within and without.
Cannabis, for all its benefits, doesn’t come without risks. The Language celebrates the positives of cannabis but also doesn’t shy away from highlighting some dangers that comes from abuse.
But for many reasons (social, economical, environmental, spiritual) this plant must be legalized and decriminalized across the globe. Sick and elderly should be given access, as should children suffering neurological diseases. Draconian governments and zealous religious leaders who persecute users and deny access to this Tree of Life must be challenged and defeated. As they will be. For they are on the wrong side of history, and time is against them.