Holidays in the midst of a pandemic have uprooted everything about the end of the year including the desire to feel rooted to one another. The comforts and or discomforts of not being able to see family, share experiences with friends, sport ugly sweaters (replaced by not so stylish masks) and added pounds may have altered but not deterred our gift giving traditions during this truly magical time yet different holiday season.
Giving gifts is a way to express gratitude and appreciation for those we love, and it just feels pretty amazing to see the look (even virtual) on someone’s face when you give them something that reflects your connection.
For the religious, exchanging presents is an opportunity to strengthen their faith and bond with the community. For the family, an opportunity to shut off from daily life and create more lasting memories.
As religion pertains to the history of cannabis, its roots run deep.
Evidence was established in 1936 by an etymologist named Sula Benet, from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw. Benet discovered that the word for cannabis appears (once originally thought to be of Scythian origin), to have been first noted in the Semitic languages, such as Hebrew.
In traditional Hebrew, it is known as kaneh or kannabus.
The root kan in this construction means “reed” or “hemp”, while bosm means “aromatic”. Benet demonstrated that the ancient word for cannabis is Kaneh-Bosm. and that it is mentioned 5 times in the Old Testament! It is said to be a ‘fragrant kane’ designated as kaneh-bosm. As well, it was written as part of the holy anointing oil – as evident from Exodus 30:22 -33 when prophet-shaman Moses goes to speak to the Lord he goes into an enclosure called ‘the tent of the meeting’ where he covers himself in this (hemp) oil and places some of it in the incense altar- he then burns it and speaks to the Lord through a pillar of smoke over the incense altar.
A Gift From the Old Testament:
THEN GOD SAID,
I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING
PLANT ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE
EARTH, AND EVERY TREE THAT
HAS FRUIT IN IT.”
What about other traditional stories, such as that of St. Nick?
The whole story of ‘Santa Claus’, that Old English take on the Old Dutch tradition of ‘SinterKlaas’, then morphed into American literature with jolly ‘St. Nick’, dates back to the 1100s. The only connection with cannabis here is that the story of Sinterklaas has its roots in the Netherlands, the country that has welcomed legal recreational and decriminalized use of marijuana since 1976.
I suppose there are coffee shops that sell some pretty indulgent holiday edibles that could make Sinterklaas/Santa Claus and St. Nick even jollier characters than the folklore imagined! I’ll take it!
Gift giving over the holidays has become even more personalized than ever before, and cannabis-related products (in some states, marijuana itself) are a unique and unforgettable choice.
Dating back to 1876, the Sultan of Turkey gave the U.S. marijuana as a gift!
There have been many highs and lows for cannabis since its known beginnings in the year 2727, that what is old is new again, just don’t call it a comeback. Cannabis has been here as long as the ages and there’s no better way to return to our roots and uplift your spirits this holiday season!
Please enjoy our Cannabis Yule Log streaming through the New Year!