Find out What the Bible Says About Using Cannabis

Bible about Using Cannabis

If this blog post were an info-graphic, it would be blank. That’s because the Bible really doesn’t have very much to say – at all – about using cannabis.

It says a lot about drinking alcohol – both for and against – but it makes no mention whatsoever about using cannabis.

And that’s kinda curious, especially considering the fact that even those who are anti-cannabis readily admit that drug use was quite common in ancient Biblical times. For example, even the esteemed Bible scholars over at the Christian Research Institute must concede that:

There is evidence of the use of drugs in the ancient near east, including Israel. Although its mention by name is uncertain, little question exists that the hemp plant was used in the Ancient Near East, and likely in Israel, in a variety of ways, other than as a drug, such as textiles, cords, incense, oils, and even seeds used for food…It is true that as early as 5000 BC what was called a “joy plant,” possibly cannabis, was indulged in to induce sleep or a trance. Whether used in Israel, it is well known that drugs from plants were tied both to medical applications and pagan activities, including especially magic. Galen, the ancient doctor, for example, speaks at length of medical applications of intoxicating drugs.

So, let’s be clear: People were absolutely using drugs like cannabis during the entire time the Bible was being written. Yet, for some strange reason, none of the authors of the Bible texts thought it was worth mentioning at all. Nothing for it, and nothing against it. Total and complete radio silence.

That’s sort of weird, don’t you think?

I mean, the Bible does have plenty to say about alcohol, and about gluttony, and adultery, and even about paying fair wages to your employees, for goodness sake. But, no one in over 6,000 years of Biblical history ever thought it was important to mention whether or not using drugs was acceptable or forbidden.

Why is that?

Well, we can only speculate. Either it was literally a non-issue and no one thought anything about it either way, or it was seen as something innocuous and harmless, or it was something so horribly offensive that they dared not even write about it.

That last part sounds a little far-fetched, doesn’t it? I mean, the authors of the Bible mention all sorts of horrible things like slavery, incest, rape, murder, infanticide, ripping open the bellies of pregnant women, dashing babies heads against the rocks, driving nail spikes through someone’s forehead while they sleep, and cutting off the end of your penis.

Keep in mind that when the Bible speaks of such horrible things, it doesn’t always condemn them; it often records these events as deeds of righteousness and applauds those who commit such atrocities as being among God’s chosen and cherished followers.

Yet, in all of that, nothing at all about cannabis? Not even one little verse about how we shouldn’t inhale intoxicating fumes? Really?

Really.

Another reason why the Bible may never take the time to condemn cannabis is that, as evidenced in the quote above from the Christian Research Institute, cannabis and other intoxicating drugs were used for medicinal purposes:

Whether used in Israel, it is well known that drugs from plants were tied…to medical applications…Galen, the ancient doctor, for example, speaks at length of medical applications of intoxicating drugs.

So, there’s a very good chance that the authors of the scriptures regarded herbs like cannabis as helpful, healing medicinal substances rather than as other drugs.

I mean, if you want to get right down to it, the Bible not only doesn’t say anything bad about using cannabis, it actually mentions the fact that God gave us every seed-bearing plant on earth for us to enjoy. For example:

Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12

Notice that God creates all the vegetation, including “seed-bearing plants and trees” which would most definitely include cannabis or cannabis plants. So, God gave us this vegetation. This is how they got here in the first place. And what does God say about all of this? He says, “it was good.”

Now, I get it. Not every plant is necessary “good” for us. Like, hemlock or poison ivy, for example. Those plants are not only deadly (in the case of hemlock), they’re worth avoiding at all costs (like poison ivy). But, it’s not as if those plants are useless. Far from it. In fact, we use both of these plants to cure a variety of problems.

Hemlock leaves, root and seeds are used to make medicines that can treat breathing problems like bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma, and to treat anxiety, reduce epileptic seizures, and treat Parkinson’s disease. We even use hemlock in compounds that are useful in treating teething infants and to reduce the effects of strychnine poisoning.

Believe it or not, poison ivy is often used in homeopathic medicine. According to Doctor Larry Malerba:

Homeopathic poison ivy can also be very useful for treating injuries to muscles, tendons, and joints. Sprains, strains, and cases of tendinitis that involve stiffness usually respond well…

So, even poisonous, toxic plants like these have beneficial uses for us, if we know how to process them.

Cannabis is no different. In fact, doctors and scientists are discovering a surprising number of uses for cannabis and cannabidiol (or the oil produced from hemp plants) also known as CBD.

Consider this: CBD has no psychoactive ingredients, meaning it won’t get you high. Yet, it has proven effective in treating epileptic seizures, chronic pain, insomnia, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, anxiety and migraines.

Also, recent industry studies have concluded that:

CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anti-convulsant properties.

This is why many families are now leaving their homes, packing up their lives, and moving to states like Colorado where natural organic remedies like CBD are legal and readily available.

So, the Bible doesn’t condemn drug use, but it does teach us that God gave us every seed-bearing plant for our use, and called it “good.”

The cannabis plant has proven to be very good for those who suffer from seizures, anxiety, migraines, and other painful maladies.

Perhaps the silence of the Bible in this instance speaks louder than we ever imagined?

Keith Giles
Keith Giles
Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. He is now a best selling author and co-hosts the "Heretic Happy Hour" podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Podbean. He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

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