Hello friends! Now, I like to joke around about how much I like the weed, and I often refer to it as the holy herb. But, I don’t want people to think that my “holy herb” references are purely based on my chill as chips attitude. I have a strong belief in the spiritual benefits of our lady Mary Jane. Nothing makes me feel more connected to the world around me than a nicely rolled blunt (maybe packed with some God Bud ) on a rainy day. Your whole body is able to enter into another zone, your thought patterns start to change, you focus in on the now, and pure meditation is easily accessible. If you’ve ever allowed yourself to experience this THC induced meditative state then you’ll understand why weed has been used in religion since the Babylonians ruled Mesopotamia.
My first interest in weed and religion hit me before I even took my first puff. My grandmother was very religious and made me read the Bible seven times. Not even joking. She was also very opinionated about my father’s side of the family, who loved to smoke marijuana. At 13, I had a good understanding of weed and the Bible, and some things didn’t make sense. According to the Bible, God gave us every plant and seed on the earth, so how could some of these plants be illegal? Also, Moses sure spent a lot of time with a burning bush. I started to see the connections between weed and experiencing God, so I looked into more.
The more I studied it, the more I found about how many religions have used weed in their ceremonies. Germanic Pagans and the Norse believed that Freya lived in cannabis plants, and ingesting the plant brought her essence into the body. Taoism taught that the plant helped people empathize with others and achieve naturalness. Chinese, Tibetan, Jamaican, and ancient Greek religions all directly mention ganja in one way or another. There are even some who argue that the ancient Hebrew word kaneh bosm directly translates to cannabis. However, as I grew up, and started smoking myself, the religious connections to weed started to take a back seat to my interest in the medical uses. Until this week that is.
Recent studies have started to point out that Jesus (as in Christ) may have used CBD oil to perform many of his healing miracles. People much smarter than I have studied the Bible for years and have come up with some pretty interesting theories to support this idea. As above, Jesus always anointed his followers with kaneh bosm. There are also clues hidden throughout the bible in verses and interpretations. For example, “They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them (Mark 6:13).” Now, if you connect the dots here, CBD oil can be used to treat epilepsy, and historically, epilepsy was the disease most commonly mistaken for demon possession. Other evidence suggests that the use of this CBD anointing oil helped with eye and skin problems common during Jesus’ life time. CBD and THC laced oils were healing methods in the church for years until weed became associated with witches and other pagan beliefs.
Whether you think the ol’ herb is spiritual or not, you have to admit it changes your thought patterns, and increases your empathy. Both of these factors can lead to a different understanding of the world around you, and an ability to accept different ideas more easily. Now, I can’t see my gram puffing a doob over her King James Bible, but I really wish she would. What are your thoughts on weed and religion? Do you puff and pray? Maybe medicate and meditate? Check out this film on Nuns who smoke and see if you relate.