Via my son again - this Ben Harper chap sounds awfully like Wyclef Jean. I think I'll have to tell my son about unhealthy reggae if he's listening to lyrics like this.
Herb the gift from the earth,Well, yes - up to a point. What's from the earth isn't always of the greatest worth. The same sentiments that Gregory Isaacs expressed 20 years earlier. I think, like so many reggae singers, they're both channeling Genesis 1:29.
And what's from the earth is of the greatest worth.
So before you knock it try it first,
Oh, you'll see it's a blessing and not a curse.
"To you it shall be for meat" doesn't IMHO translate as 'get it down your neck 24/7'. Let moderation in all things be your key to life. "The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom" was one of Blake's Proverbs of Hell. A quick look at this 'In Memoriam' page - or this one - should give pause for thought.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.