Back in the day, about eight thousand years ago in China, cannabis seeds were nourishment for communities and the plant was a useful tool in the creation of textiles and cordages, eventually becoming a historically significant plant.
Across Central Asia and India five thousand years later, cannabis was used in rituals, left in graves in a symbolic manner, offered up to the higher powers, and used as incense and for medicinal purposes.
There’s no question about it: history has its fair share of stories that prove the significance of the cannabis plant, even thousands of years ago, especially when it comes to things we still use weed for, even today: spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness and betterment.
In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to reap the harvest of the expansion of the accessibility of cannabis across the United States, especially when talking about non-psychoactive products.
Together with our friends at Binoid, we’re exploring the connection between spirituality and CBD in particular, one of the most widely-used and medicinally-beneficial compounds of cannabis. Binoid carries a huge variety of Delta 9 THC-free products, so make sure to check them out if you’re in the market for something relaxing, something relieving, or a pick-me-up.
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It’s no question that most of the marijuana plants’ spiritual properties come from smoking its Delta 9 THC, the most important psychoactive compound that to this day fills up bongs, pipes, and joints across the world.
Way back when different civilizations used marijuana in their day-to-day and spiritual lives.
Some of the earliest evidence dates back to ancient China, where a nearly three-thousand-year-old mummified man that appeared to be of high social status from the Indo-European Gushi tribe in Xinjiang was found with no less than 789g of the green goddess – an enviable amount, to be sure.
By the second century AD, marijuana was listed as a medicinal herb in the Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica by Shén Nóng Běncǎo Jīng, a classic in the history of Chinese medicine.
As per the book, one of its quotes reads “prolonged consumption frees the spirit light and lightens the body.”
Across Asia, spiritual cannabis use was becoming more common. In India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, it began becoming a pillar and spread into one of the world’s most important religions: Hinduism. In the ancient Hindu text Atharva Veda, it’s classified as one of the five sacred plants with spiritual and medicinal properties.
In southern Siberia, the Scythians were also lighting up (quite literally). Warriors, archers, hunters, and horsemen would create a tent with marijuana and hot stones, letting themselves inhale insane amounts of ganja.
In the Middle East, the cannabis plant was also doing its rounds back in the day. The Avesta, a sacred Zoroastrian text that pre-dates the birth of Islam refers to it as a “good narcotic”. High five, author of the Avesta. Special credit also to the Jewish Talmud, which refers to cannabis as having euphoric properties.
The Rastafarian communities also share a great deal of their history with the cannabis plant, giving it star status in the culture and in modern pop culture.
We’d need many more examples to cover the entirety of the importance of cannabis in spirituality across history, but this covers some of the best points. Now, let’s get into the relevance of spirituality and cannabis today.
While THC is usually the compound we think of when we talk about spirituality because of its psychoactive properties, the truth is you don’t need to get high to get the most out of the cannabis plant and its spiritual benefits.
CBD, the second-most-well-known compound in cannabis, can do wonders for spiritual health and growth.
With products like Binoid’s Calm Day CBD Oil, which boosts the immune system, along with providing a relaxing, stress-free sensation without the mind-altering madness. For a calm spirit, we suggest exploring your spiritual connection through the charm of Binoid.
So, what are the actual spiritual benefits CBD can offer? Here we go:
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