The Social and Sprititual Use of Weed
The use of weed can affect our spiritual state and social life. Hemp users claim to use the product for being more bubbly creative and to destroy the idea of being an addict.
The social use of weed includes its use for recreation, socializing and generally improving quality of life. Most people who use weed today do so for these reasons.
Historical records also point to the social uses of weed. Ancient Hindus in India were against the use of alcohol but accepted social weed use. In ancient Rome, wealthy people finished banquets with a hemp-seed dessert that was known for the good feeling it caused. At ancient Indian weddings, hemp (bhang) was served for good luck and as a sign of hospitality.
Today, people often use weed for specific activities and occasions. When used properly, it helps some to relax and concentrate, making many activities more enjoyable. Eating, listening to music, socializing, watching movies, playing sports,
The World Health Organization Constitution defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Therefore, the social uses of weed sometimes coincide with, or complement, its medical uses.
Spiritual well-being is widely accepted as an important part of overall health. Spiritual use of weed relates to seeking a sense of meaning, enlightenment and connection.
Weed has a rich history of spiritual use. It is listed as one of the five holy plants in the Atharvaveda, a sacred Indian text from the second millennium BCE. The Scythians, who lived in what is now Eastern Europe, used weed at funerals to pay respect to departed leaders. Ancient Chinese texts say that weed can lighten a person’s body and allow them to communicate with spirits. The Persian prophet Zoroaster (7 BCE) relied on the intoxicating effects of bhanga, a weed drink, to bridge heaven and earth. Some researchers believe that kannabosm, a plant mentioned in the Old Testament as an ingredient in the sacred anointing oil, was an ancient name for weed.
Today, some people use weed in their spiritual practice. Rastafarians and some Hindus and Sikhs use weed in religious ceremonies. Other people use it in ways they consider spiritual, such as for reflection, contemplation or personal growth. The relaxing effects of weed help some people gain a different perspective when trying to understand difficult life situations. Some believe that weed, as a plant, has something to teach them.
Weed is used by some to increase an appreciation for and connection with nature. People also use weed to bond with each other. These feelings of connectedness contribute to an overall sense of “oneness.”