Cannabis and spirituality go way back. The use of cannabis for spiritual purposes is as old as civilization itself. In fact, with marijuana’s claimed ability to induce new spiritual insights and understanding it is still used by religious cultures all over the world for its mystical potential.
For some people, marijuana plays an important role in their journey of self-discovery, particularly in relation to spirituality and spiritual experience. But, can cannabis really benefit you on your spiritual path? Let’s take a look at the history of cannabis and how it may cultivate spirituality in you.
The Connection Between Cannabis and Spirituality
The psychoactive properties of cannabis have long been recognized for their ability to alter one’s state of consciousness. In fact, cannabis is on record as having been used as a spiritual drug for some three thousand years BC, with many believing that altered state of consciousness allows for a different perspective on reality.
The spiritual effects of cannabis are often overshadowed by the powerful high it can induce, but some say with a little mindfulness and intention, you can open up a whole new world of spirituality by getting meditative with marijuana — which may be why it’s still used is some religions today.
Cannabis in Religion
Thanks in part to Bob Marley, Rastafarianism is perhaps the most well-known example of a religion that still integrates cannabis. Rastas believe that using ganja, also called the holy herb or the wisdom weed, is sacred and is meant to be used to heighten consciousness and dispel negative energies. According to the Rastafari philosophy, “the herb is the key to the new understanding of the self, universe, and God. It is the vehicle to cosmic consciousness.”
Weed and spirituality also has a history of use among some Taoists of southern Asia that dates back to 4th century, and the tradition continues among some practitioners to this day. Ancient taoist texts have noted the effective use of cannabis incense as a cleansing tool which is said to help one achieve the state of “naturalness,” by relieving oneself from selfish desires and aiding in the appreciation of beauty and simplicity.
Weed and Spirituality
So, how can you tap into the benefits of cannabis and spirituality? It all comes down to good vibrations, at least according to shamans.
Also known as healers who are believed to move into altered states of consciousness, some shamans believe that plants, including cannabis, are gateways or portals between realms or dimensions. This “vibratory” relationship between the person and the plant was called friending, meaning the user ‘friends’ the plant which leads to the plant allowing the user to pass between realms gaining a better sense of their spiritual self.
Many believe spiritual effects of smoking weed helps your meditation practice and can be a spiritual experience as it helps to slow the mind and enter a state of “profound stillness.” In fact, cannabis has been used in ancient civilizations for meditation and yoga purposes for centuries. And in some sects of Buddhism, marijuana still plays a big role in facilitating deep meditation and heightened awareness.
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