Okay, so CBD is everywhere, and I do mean everywhere – Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, Kroger, Vogue you name it, somebody’s selling it, talking about it, or using it. But is CBD okay for Christians? What does the Bible say? Here are 10 Bible passages that could apply to a Christ follower’s use of CBD.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV) – This verse says, “Let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” Hemp-derived CBD passes this test, as it does not contain (or contains only trace amounts of) the intoxicating cannabinoid THC. CBD does not get users high.
- Genesis 1:31 (NKJV) – “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Way back at the beginning, God finished creating the world, looked it all over, and pronounced everything good. Everything.
- Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This verse in Romans seems to be a spiritual litmus test for everything we do as believers. Want to use CBD? Then surrender your body to God and “renew” your mind by researching, praying, and seeking good counsel as you make your decision.
- Genesis 1:29 (NIV) – In this verse, God says: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” God is talking to the first man he made, Adam, and he instructs Adam to use every plant as nutrition for his body.
- James 5:14 (NLT) – Under the weather? Call your spiritual leaders to anoint you with oil and pray for you, as this verse commands: “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.”
- Exodus 30:23-25 (KJV) – “Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.” In verse 24, it calls for “calamus,” which some claim was misinterpreted from the Hebrew “kanah bosm,” or “kaneh bos,” which is pronounced very close to cannabis. Proponents of this theory say it makes more sense that God would call for hemp over calamus, because calamus is toxic to the human body. Why would God put something poisonous in holy oil?
- Mark 6:13 (RSV) – In this verse, the disciples of Jesus went out to do ministry. They took holy oil with them, and when they put it on those who were ill, the sick people were healed. “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.” There are more than 150 verses in the Bible that include the word “oil,” many referring to oil as a healing tool.
- Luke 7:46 (NKJV) – In this verse, Jesus is scolding the disciple Simon (who Jesus later renames Peter) and the religious leaders of the day (the Pharisees turned up his nose at a woman of supposedly ill repute who poured costly perfumed oil on Jesus feet to show her devotion. The men were disgusted. Jesus told Simon: “You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.”
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) – In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he has a lot to say about behavior and how Christians are to conduct themselves. In this verse, he reminds the believers: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” The question for believers, then is this one: If it does not get me high and it may help heal me, am I honoring God with my body if I use CBD oil?
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB) – “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Paul sums it up nicely in this verse, telling us that in everything we do, we should make sure we are honoring God. If you decide to use CBD, do it with the conviction that you are honoring Him with your body and the reported healing properties in the hemp plant He created.
If you want to , seek God’s will first. Do you have a peace about making this choice? Are you going along with a trend, avoiding CBD in order to stay away from the cultural trend, or making a thoughtful, prayerfully informed decision? Ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment. And, as always, it is best to consult your medical professional about any health changes you plan to make.
Natalie Gillespie is an author, journalist and editor who has published more than 2,000 articles in the last 20 years in magazines and websites such as HomeLife, Guideposts.com, and Publishers Weekly.
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