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Is Cannabis Against Your Religion?

Few things affect the fundamental philosophies of people like their religions do. If you subscribe to a certain religion, then you may have questioned whether the use of cannabis or CBD is acceptable or offensive. Read on to find out how CBD influences different religions.


CBD did not serve any major role in Judaism and there is only one notable use of it i.e. the materials used to make “holy anointing oil”. It was used by rabbis and priests for different rituals and was forbidden to common folk. One of the key ingredients of “holy anointing oil” is called “Kaneh Bosem”. Some speculate that this ingredient refers to rosha grass, others think its sweet cane, and there are some that suggest that it is cannabis in the form of hemp. Either way, this is the only notable reference to CBD in Hebrew Bible and animal meats are the only things that seem to get smoked.


Like Judaism, Christianity does not refer to CBD in its holy texts. However, according to general consensus in various Christian values, CBD oil falls under the purview of “intoxicants”. Catholic popes have spoken against cannabis and it is usually seen in a negative light by most large Protestant groups.


Although the Quran does not say anything explicitly about CBD oil, it is viewed as an intoxicant by most Islamic scholars and is considered as haram (forbidden). However, a lot of Muslim countries are also where cannabis naturally grow (and most likely originated). So, CBD has become part of their culture.


Cannabis plays an important role in Rastafarianism. For the Rasta, it is a sacred herb that when consumed, brings the consumer closer to God or Jah. Although the use of CBD oil is not necessary to be a Rasta, most do partake.


In Hinduism, Bhang is a traditional drink made of various spices and ground-up cannabis and is traditionally served during the Holi festival. Drinking this beverage is supposed to cleanse the body of sins. Furthermore, cannabis is associated with the god Shiva in traditional lore. In Atharva Veda, it is considered one of the five most holy plants. Many ayurvedic texts recommend CBD oil as a treatment for pain.


In Buddhist traditions, the five rules, or five precepts of training, are the underpinnings of Buddhist morality. The fifth precept prohibits intoxication. Some practitioners believe that this precept is meant to apply particularly to alcohol, however others believe that it also applies to any narcotic or drug as well. It has also been stated that if an action does more good than harm, then it may be an exception to the precepts. For instance, if CBD oil is used for medicinal purposes and not just to get high, then it is an exception to the fifth precept.


Like Hindus, some Sikhs celebrate the Holi festival by consuming Bhang too. However, the mind-altering substance was forbidden according to the first Sikh guru. This includes cannabis as well.

Final Word

Every person’s religious beliefs are their own. Spiritual leaders can provide guidance but not everyone blindly follows their leaders. In the end, it really boils down to what you believe. In many cases, cannabis and religion go hand-in-hand.

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