Hi everybody! There are in fact several Religions around the globe that use plants as sacrament. I am a "Christian" Cannabis Sacrament Minister.
In 1936 a Polish Anthropologist named Sula Benet discovered that in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament the word "kaneh bosm" had been translated as calamus by the Greeks when they first rendered the Books in the 3rd century B.C., then propagated as such in all future translations without review because during the same time period Hebrew ceased to be used as a spoken language. It was not revived again until the late 1800's by a man named Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Benet claimed through substantial research and etymological comparison the proper translation for "kaneh bosm" is cannabis. In 1980 the Hebrew Institute of Jerusalem confirmed her claim that "kaneh bosm" is indeed cannabis. Ben-Yehuda's 1964 Hebrew/English dictionary confirms this fact, page 140. In a ironic twist of fate the Biblical "canon" is derived from the Hebrew "Kaneh". It's true!!!
In Exodus 30:23 God instructs Moses to use 250 shekels of "kaneh bosm" in the oil to anoint all Kings, Priests, and Prophets, for all generations to come, including that of Jesus and even today. The title Christ/Messiah means literally covered in oil, "Anointed". Kaneh is also listed as an incense Tree in Song of Songs 4:14. The mistake was repeated in Isaiah 43:24, Jeremiah 6:20, and Ezekiel 27:19. There are 141 references to anointing and 145 for burning incense in the standard Bible.
In the New Testament there are many hints of something that is missing. In 1945 at Nag Hammadi Egypt ancient scriptures were discovered that had been hidden 1600 + years that reveal the importance of the "Anointing" to Christianity. It is our namesake. John the Baptist claimed that he baptized with water but Jesus would baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit. Within 1John 2:18-29 it say's; "But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the Truth." And again; "As for you the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit- just as it has taught you remain in him. The Gospel of Philip say's it best;
There is water in water, there is "fire in Chrism."
And again it say's;
"The "Chrism" is superior to the baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called "Christians," certainly not from the word baptism. And it is from the "Chrism" that the "Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the son, the Son anointed the Apostles, and the Apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the Bridal chamber; he merely accepted the gift. The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven."
Again it say's;
If one goes down into the water and comes up without having received anything, and say's "I am a Christian," he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the Holy Spirit , he has the name as a gift. He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one when he experiences a mystery.
Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the two. We are anointed through the spirit. When we were begotten, we were united. None can see himself either in water or a mirror without light. Nor again can you see self in light without mirror or water. For this reason it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light is the Chrism.
The Acts of Thomas describes many times the cup of Oil poured upon the head! When you know the power of the "Chrism" it all comes to life as you read the Words.
The word antichrist means literally;
anti- opposed to or against.
Christ- Anointed, to pour oil upon as in a religious ceremony.
Anybody have eyes to see?