A Stoner Sunday... Cannabis & Religion

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A Brief History Of Cannabis Use In Religion

Cannabis has been used since the dawn of mankind. It has fascinated civilizations across the globe and throughout history has deep ties to religion.

It is thought the first use of cannabis was in Taoism, an ancient Chinese religion dating back to the 4th century. The first mention is in early Taoism texts that state cannabis was used in incense burners, along with other ritual herbs, to induce a state conducive to their practices, mainly achieving a life free of selfish desires.

Other mentions can be found littered throughout the history of Hinduism, Buddism and even in the old testament.

A Stoner's Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

I am not religious myself, though have gone through stages of 'spiritual enlightenment' in my late years of high school and early years of college.

My close friends can attest, having experimented with religions (such as Christianity, Buddism, Krishna, Rasta and Islam), drugs (such as LSD, DMT, Mushrooms, 5MEO-MIPT, Flouro-Amphetamines, MDMA, Methylone, Ayahuasca and Mescaline), as well as spending time amongst various social societies (such as living in the Kwahani, a rural township in Tanzania for 8 months, on a deserted island with only a small solar panel, on a massive game farm, to blocks of dorm flats), and learning about finance and politics (having been in Crypto since 2013 and owning property in a country that may well soon destroy property rights), that my mind has been busted open as it where a long time ago. .

The culmination of experiences with society, mind-altering drugs, and various religions have impacted my life in extreme ways cannabis has always been a constant throughout it all and as I sit here smoking what would prob be my 100,000th joint on this earth, I cannot help but appreciate the experiences I have been through with herb and how it has helped keep me grounded through it all.

For me, cannabis has always allowed me to take a step back and change mindsets. Whether that be creating beats (Or mellow out cos the trip was coming on too strong) back when I was a music producer to solving a coding challenge (to balance out that strong cup of joe) or even writing this blog post. Unlike most other drugs, cannabis inspires contemplation rather than complete intoxication.

Cannabis is my meditation, my relaxation, my mood stabilizer, my creative enhancer, my sole shaker, and money maker.

Coming from a small town to creating a career within the cannabis niche, I am all in so it where and while I do not use it for religious purposes, it encompasses my life, much like religion would.

Ritual

a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. - dictionary.com

Modern society has very few rituals these days, especially if you do not identify with one single religion or ideology.

Perhaps its a Birthday of a God or a time to remember or a moment to feel grateful for the Sun rising. You sing, dance, say some ancient words, dress in special clothing or eat some strange food and in this ritual, you somehow reconnect to an idea, find inner peace, cleaned of your sins or absolved of your daily stresses.

I would argue cannabis users have many rituals which mimic ancient tea ceremonies. Often times we come together to smoke a joint, bowl or pipe. Whoever has the weed normally crushes and sorts it while whoever is joining sits around and starts to chat about life. There are certain unspoken rules such as passing to the left or handling a chillum the correct way. Some smoking circles will even have their own rules such as fist-bumping every time the weed is passed.

I for one crush my morning cannabis while contemplating what tasks need to be completed as well as using the time smoking my first joint of the day brainstorming various new angles and challenges to tackle that will lead to my personal and company goals.

Myth

a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events. - dictionary.com

Cannabis has been shrouded in myths over the course of human history. Ever since the beginning of recorded history humans has used myths surrounding cannabis to influence communities. From early shamans inducing a high so that their local tribe would feel connected with their ancestors to Nixon's war on drugs campaign that proliferated the myth that cannabis is a gateway drug so that he could target minorities.

I would argue smoking cannabis is a natural social phenomenon embedded into our ancestry and that small communities that partake in cannabis together without necessarily knowing what they where taking induced supernatural events that had to be explained through myth. From those looking in, this had to also be explained in a way that kept society blissfully unaware of the benefits and kept big pharma in business. (Funded by the Nixon era cronies).

Sacrement & Symbolism

a thing of mysterious and sacred significance; a religious symbol.

Many religions use symbolism and embue significance onto items they use in rituals. From the infamous Christain Cross to the Star of David.

Cannnabis is no different.. Having picked up the symbol of the cannabis leaf, the red green, and gold flag, words like "420", or holding up your hand like you smoking a spliff, the cannabis community has adopted these symbols and have deeply entrenched them into the culture.

.. Hell even Smoke has the cannabis leaf emblazoned into the logo.

One of my favorite Sacraments is a chillum loaded with hash and tobacco. There is something about taking in large amounts of smoke that you can hardly handle and getting insane amounts of THC rushing through your system while sharing the experience with those that share similar views on the world. . .

The experience would always leave me with a similar feeling I had at church as a kid. A feeling of being connected with something bigger than oneself.


Do you mix #religion and cannabis?



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I do mix the two it is a part of sacrament. I like the idea of saving the best 10% of my joints to honor mother nature. I am more of a spiritualist than religious and #RoachSunday as a cult? No, too many people who are strong minded for that to happen.

For us with the Spiritual Foundation of The Arcadian Order it was about harmony, or looking at what the similarities of our beliefs were and how we all believed that cannabis was put on the earth to benefit humanity. We didn't focus on the little tiny differences in religions we focused on all the similarities. I started the #RoachSunday tag to bring that sense of community to smoke.io because no matter where we are all from, what we each believe religiously or spirituality we all believe cannabis is to benefit humanity, and if we can all pretty much agree on that, what other similar beliefs can we agree on, to make the world a better more peaceful place. Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” I try to be that change.

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I was just kidding with the cult.. :D I love your work!

A cult would bring a ton of media about smoke.io tho :') Perhaps its not a bad growth hacking strategy to get some "fake news" going about our little network :)

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LOL I knew you were just kidding about the cult, but could not resit the urge to mess with you a little over it. But I figured this thread was another place to share where the tradition comes from since it was talked about in the comments and it has started to slowly take off on here. But I wouldn't mind a cult following for smoke.io like the cult movie type followings, not the religious type cult following. LOL For those who doesn't realize I am not promoting actual cults cause there will be that one that will think that is what I am suggesting.

Tbh I prefer not to mix my cannabis with religion. While I still have to explore Buddhism, mostly out of curiosity, I try to mix religion in nothing in my life.

Unless the Holy Cross of Stoners were to become a thing [around the corner here]. :D

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With #roachsunday being a popular tag I don't doubt it happening soon enough :')

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Yeah and we also have the #dabconfessions to make happen too.

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Roach sunday is a real thing now 😀 on smoke it can be our community day 😁

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It's already a cult? :D

I myself am not religious, I have often thought that maybe a lot of beliefs and rituals or religion itself was created by people or groups of people smoking cannabis. Sort of like when you have a primitive tribe of men consuming mushroom or some other hallucinogenic substances and speaking to the spirits looking for answers. So maybe cannabis created the gods!!! Bong on bro. :-)

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Totally bro.. Have your ever read "The mushroom and the cross" by John M. Allegro ?

I'm not sure how much of it holds any water, but a great read if you into that sort of thing.

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No I haven't read it, I will check out some pages at amazon to get a feel for it, sounds very interesting. Bong on bro. :-)

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Lol, man you got a funny stoned believe 😂

I mix it ! Because:

  • The holy Koran, which formulates in detail all of the rules of daily Muslim living, does not forbid the consumption of cannabis.

  • Cannabis was consumed by :

- Muslim Sufi Zaouia as part of a spiritual and religious experience.
- Muslim Practitioners Of Andalusian Music, that is a form of music played for the urban elite that may be slow and repetitive and lends itself well with the modified state of consciousness induced by Cannabis to produce an otherworldy experience.

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Nice.. ^ this music is slow for you? :D .

I had a muslim friend in High School and we used to Smoke up in the evenings and chat about the rules of daily Muslim living. Was a great time.

Also Tanzania is predominantly muslim (I lived their for almost a year) and so its pretty easy to get some hash and find some ppl to share it with. :D .

I have high respect for your culture for allowing the use of cannabis.

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Thank you, The music was slow in Muslim Andalusian Time , it is not slow anymore now.

I will come up a.s.a.p with new post about the Islam & Cannabis

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Ok nice. I look forward to reading.

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The sufis are awesome, I especially love The poetry of Rumi. Do you think he was high while he was whirling and Spinning ? Certainly they discovered the Oneness of the Universe through their deep states of meditation.... curious to know if the hashish helped.

Cannabis is my meditation, my relaxation, my mood stabilizer, my creative enhancer, my sole shaker, and money maker.

I swear, I want to cry reading this. Is like you're speaking them for me as I have some of those things in common with you.

About this cannabis and religions, I think I am getting something from this post, this is the second post which compare religion with something else. I don't mean it's not good, I don't let religion control me and my best religion is LOVE. Someone once compared football with religion too but my surprise is that why? What's the message of the message.

Or I should agree this is it "A feeling of being connected with something bigger than oneself."

An atheist friend once told me, any unseen things but believe or myth make it known its also mighty is god. I can't say it's the truth neither will I say it's a lie. Religion, can be confusing when one try to go deeper.

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Yeah man.. I think it is the connections with others and a connection with something outside ourselves whether that be a "God" or something as simple as an idea.

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Okay, now I get. Thanks for breaking it down.

I am not a religious man as all... But I do know that cannabis is and has been a hige part of some cultures for centuries.

Cannabis has travelled the world along with man for thousands of years now and it is crazy over the last 100 what we have done to stop this even with religions that consume it.

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So true.. With worldwide legalization it seems its gone full circle tho :)

I never would mix cannabis with religion, never

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Why not if you don't mind me asking? Do you come from an Orthodox Christian background?

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I am Catholic Christian. I am tired of churches making stupid rules. I only believe in a big power, I don't care about the stupid 'laws' that church impose, I don't care about what is good or bad from their point of view, that's just BS.

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Totally.. As long as the church creates good character Im all for it.. Luckily those "rules" can be absolved thru prayer am I right? :D

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By the way, where are you from? Russia? (I am just curious) :D

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I'm from South Africa.. but I think Russians and South Africans are pretty similar in way of life. (Well except for the cold that is :P )

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Semi Russian 😝.

Well, i don't mix cannabis with religion, in fact, i'm not even a very religious person but i read once and also saw on some tv shows there are some religions that use different type of drugs (such as LSD and mushrooms) on people looking for a "deeper" religious experience...

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Yep, Drugs and Religion seem to go hand in hand in a lot of cultures. . . Especially ones involving rituals to gain insight into their ancestry.

Yes.... the ritual of planting seeds and spending hours with my plants in the Garden , smoking my pipe, creating them male and female so that I can have more seeds to give as gifts reminds me of many of the Ancient Creation myths.

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Nice! Growing seeds is a great way to make your own gifts. Good luck with the grows!

Nah, raised slightly religious, gave it up since I was 12, took me like 5 years after figuring out santa wasn't real ;D

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Lol, I get to know Santa wasn't real about 5 years ago now. But as hard as I tried to let people around me understand too it all goes in vain. Most are not even talking to me again because of that again. Now, I just let people do their things while I do mine, but I always warn people not to talk to me about their religion else I break their heart. I believe their God but where else to find Him aside from inside me is what I don't know and I am not sure if I am ready for that.

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where else to find Him aside from inside me

Some real talk :D

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brainwashing is pretty effective :(

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It's effective big time boss.

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bwahahaha!

Though i was brought up in a christian home, am still not really into religion. I skip Sunday classes most times for weed and i believe God hears me even more after smoking a joint. Kinda mixed though

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I skip Sunday classes most times for weed and i believe God hears me even more after smoking a joint.

:') classic.

I wonder if God is like "aaah Jess is stoned again, now I can hear her prayers more clearly"

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Lol..funny but true, this an epic reply. Family of stoners!! very funny 😂😂

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Lol... The last line tho :)

Now this is a nice read to wake up to. It invokes many thoughts. Cannabis has been a ritual for me as well that brings on a meditative state. Nature, plants, and especially psychedelics have given me much more than organized religion. My curiosity about spirituality and life in general meant that I was interested in these taboo subjects early in life. Cannabis and mushrooms have been the most influential, helping in my meditation on spiritual subjects and studying of religions including looking at the religion I was raised in (Christianity) in a different way. The symbolism and the wisdom of all the ancient texts is very interesting to study and meditate on with an open mind and a nice joint. Also I didn't know Taoism is where we have the first use of cannabis! The Tao Te Ching is one of my favs!

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Nice! I do not use psychedelics anymore but Shroomies will always have a place in my memories and be a part of my life journey. :D

Great post and range of experiences and lives touched upon there ... for me cannabis feels more “right” and spiritually like a “fit like a glove” especially the cleaner and more natural it is. So yeah; I’d say cannabis is part of my religious or spiritual beliefs ... something I can also use in life, work, business, in a way alcohol can only be used in special and off times, and certainly holds no spiritual or religious meaning to me like cannabis does.

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Def agree with that. Nice to hear and agreed. Some of the best business meetings are while sharing a joint. :D

For me, Cannabis and Religion is a topic i would love to delve more into understanding the relationship especially in the ancient times and how it was used.
But if you ask me, i wouldnt want to mix cannabis with religion tho :D

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Yeah, there is not much info in how it was used in ancient times and so much dis info around cannabis so is an interesting study for sure.

Spirituality and cannabis mix. Music sounds better, meditative states are reached better. I think it opens a door that help you transition deeper into a meditative state.

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I have never been big into meditation but totally agree it gets the music to beat into my soul :D

My soul shaker and money maker xD I like this :D

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I'm all in! :D

I think religion should be left out of it as almost in all religions you can find verses that can be used in favor of it and at the same time there could be verses that can be used against it. So it can be confusing.

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It can definitely be confusing when alot of religious scripts vary for sure.

The Anointed One: Did Jesus Perform His Miracles with Cannabis Oil?

The plant known as "kaneh-bosm" in Aramaic is considered by most mainstream Biblical scholars to be calamus, an herb with well-known medicinal effects. But some people believe that kaneh-bosm is actually cannabis, and that Jesus used highly...

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bn5z7v/did-jesus-perform-his-miracles-with-cannabis-oil

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I would not be surprised if Jesus used cannabis... He always looks like a stoner in depictions. :D

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Very interesting and educational piece. Well researched and documented. If you are into such studies, I myself am into comparative religious studies, mostly focused on symbolism and equivalencies from one belief system to another. One of the most interesting books I ever came across was John Allegro's "The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross", which I recommend, as it tries to corelate the mythic Christ with the use of some hallucinogenic mushroom infusion used for ancient rituals celebrated by shamans for ages... Look it up!

Maelstrohm

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I also recommended that one to someone :D

Woops... I started writing this on Sunday and got distracted with work (Hence the title) :D

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I might probably be the one to write the part 2 of this post. 😂 😂

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haha! go for it, I look forward to reading. :D

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Thanks brother. 😆😂

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I thought for a second that maybe I had slept in and woke up on a Sunday....

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bwahahha!