Have you heard? Turns out medicinal marijuana is a-okay, kosher-wise. Sure, we’ve been touting the value of crispy hanukkah potkes for a while (only if your glaucoma is really acting up, of course) but now it seems as if actual, honest-to-god Rabbis are getting in on the sticky-icky action, announcing recently that Medical Marijuana is, in fact, totally kosher.
To celebrate, the folks over at SourceFed put together this kosher kush version of the Method Man and Redman classic, How High. Watch as two bumbling hasidic pot-heads smoke rabbinically infused ganja, and end up in the best yeshiva around.
It’s a new era for Jewish folks looking for alternative medicinal solutions. We’re not just talking about chicken soup for the soul or Sabbath wine anymore. In a surprising and welcomed announcement, leading Rabbis have given the green light to medicinal marijuana, deeming it kosher for consumption. This change in perspective may seem unprecedented, but it is rooted in deep-seated Jewish values that prioritize health and well-being.
In Jewish law, the preservation of human life and health is of utmost importance. This principle, known as Pikuach Nefesh, dictates that nearly any religious commandment can be overridden to save a life. Therefore, if medical marijuana can alleviate suffering or provide therapeutic benefits, it’s not only allowed but arguably encouraged.
So, what led to this declaration?
1. Evidence-Based Medicine: Over the past decades, countless studies have shown the benefits of marijuana in treating a variety of conditions, from chronic pain and epilepsy to anxiety and the side effects of chemotherapy. This scientific backing played a pivotal role in the rabbinic decision.
2. Growth in Acceptance: As more countries and states have decriminalized or legalized the use of medical marijuana, the societal acceptance of its medicinal values has grown. This shift in perspective has paved the way for religious leaders to revisit age-old stances.
3. Advocacy: Many within the Jewish community, including patients and their families, advocated for the kosher certification of medical marijuana. Their heartfelt stories and experiences provided a compelling case.
As you can imagine, this announcement sent ripples throughout the community. The internet exploded with memes, jokes, and, of course, the aforementioned hilarious kosher rendition of How High by SourceFed. The video, which is now going viral, offers a lighthearted take on the subject, with two Hasidic protagonists on an unexpected spiritual journey, courtesy of some kosher kush.
However, like any significant change, there are skeptics. Some argue that this might be a slippery slope, leading to more leniencies or potential misuse. But proponents believe that, with proper regulation and education, these concerns can be addressed.
So, next time you’re at a Jewish gathering, don’t be surprised if the topic of kosher kush pops up. It’s now as much a part of the conversation as latkes, challah, and brisket.
In the end, it’s essential to remember that this ruling is specifically for medicinal purposes, with the emphasis on health and well-being. After all, isn’t that what every faith and tradition aim for?
Note: Always consult with a medical professional before starting any treatment or medication.