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Incorrect spelling of the Hebrew name for cannabis[edit]

In the article, the Hebrew spelling of the name for cannabis is listed as 'קַנַּבּוֹס' which reads 'qanas', not 'qanːa'boːs', which is the correct pronunciation.

However, the proper Hebrew spelling of the name is 'קנבוס'

More on the Hebrew name for cannabis and it's original etymology[edit]

The above statement is incorrect. The Hebrew word קַנַּבּוֹס is pronounced "qa-na-bos".

Secondly the מעלה עשן (ma'ale ashan) has absolutely no historical connection to the cannabis plant. The ma'ale ashan is a wild plant mentioned in talmudic literature that grew in Judea and causes smoke to rise directly upward. This was used in the Temple in Jerusalem to make the smoke from the incense offering rise straight up. What the authors of this page probably confused ma'ale ashan with was "qeneh-bosem" which is the fragrant plant mentioned in the Law of Moses that was used in the anointing oil for kings and priest in ancient Israel. Qeneh-bosem literally means "aromatic reed" - qeneh means reed (any reed that grows along a river bank like bamboo or papyrus) and bosem means aromatic. Qeneh-bosem sounds almost exactly like the word cannabis and the word cannabis is a Scythian word that probably originated from the Semetic nations south of Scythia who called cannabis "qeneh-bosem" because it was the "aromatic" reed. Compared to other cane and reed plants that grew along the rivers of ancient Babylon, Assyria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt the cannabis plant was the only one that could be considered strongly aromatic. It is hence very likely that the plant which is named "cannabis" is the same "qeneh-bosem" mentioned by the Israelites in the Hebrew Bible. Qeneh-bosem is spelled קנה–בשם in Hebrew.