Is It OK to Use CBD? What the Bible Says

CBD and Bible

You use CBD? Curious what the Bible says about it? Well, I think I can help you with that.

The first thing you really need to know is that the Bible doesn’t have anything bad to say about using cannabis or cannabis-derived substances like CBD.

The next thing you need to know is that the Bible doesn’t have anything good to say about using cannabis, either.

Sorry.

Or, maybe that’s good news, right? I mean, if it’s not mentioned at all, then maybe that means it’s all good. Right?

Hmmm… maybe not.

See, the Bible may not address using cannabis specifically, but it DOES address the practice of getting intoxicated with alcohol.

We can look at those verses, of course. But you should also know that CBD doesn’t contain any substances that could get you high or create an intoxicating effect. So, those verses about not being drunk with wine that your pastor might quote to you have no bearing on whether or not you use CBD.

However, if you’re still curious, there are approximately 50 verses in the Bible which either forbid drunkenness, or that illustrate the negative effects of drunkenness.

However, Christians are called to follow Christ, and if we look at Jesus’s example we’ll notice a few surprising things about him. Like, the fact that Jesus drank wine.

For example:

The Son of man has come eating and drinking, but you say: ‘Look! A man who is a glutton and is given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34

Here, Jesus references that fact that, because he freely ate food and drank wine that his detractors called him a glutton and a wine-drinker.

In Matthew 26, Jesus shares a cup of wine as he proclaims the New Covenant to his disciples, and then makes this statement:

But I say to you: I will by no means drink again any of this product of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the Kingdom of my Father. Matthew 26:29

Here, Jesus says that he will not drink wine again until he drinks it with us in the Kingdom. But, you can’t quit doing something you’ve never done before, right? So, obviously this is reinforcing the previous verse about Jesus being a wine drinker.

In another place, Jesus says something that I think we really need to consider when it comes to questions about whether it’s good or bad to consume or partake in something – whether or not that substance might intoxicate us. He said:

Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them. Mark 7:15

So, perhaps the bigger question is not “Is this a sin?” but “What is in my heart that needs to be healed or transformed?”

We should also note that Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine at the end of a week-long wedding party where everyone was already drunk:

Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now. John 2:11

In addition to these examples, we also have approximately 6 verses in the Bible that suggest that it may be ok to drink alcohol, and even to drink it until you’re tipsy or intoxicated.

For example:

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. Ps. 104:14-15

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1 Timothy 5:23

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Ecclesiastes 9:7

…but those who harvest grain will eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather the grapes will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary. Isaiah 62:9

In these verses, we see that it’s sometimes encouraged that we enjoy wine, celebrate our life, gladden our hearts and even partake of it in God’s own presence.

The key, I believe, is moderation. It’s pretty clear that the Scriptures warn us against drinking too much wine, or consuming too much alcohol. This warning could – and should – be extended to other substances that might intoxicate us.

However, as we’ve already noted, CBD doesn’t get you high or create any hallucinogenic effects whatsoever. So, this point is really irrelevant to our original question about whether or not it’s ok for Christians to use CBD.

Still, we should also stay away from arguments about what is right or wrong, or good or evil. Those arguments are useless and tend to distract us away from loving God and loving one another, which Jesus said were the greatest commandments.

After all,

…everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. 1 Timothy 4:4

Our goal should not be to seek righteousness based on our behaviors, but to abide in Christ so that He can abide in us. This is where real transformation begins.

Do you agree?

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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