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Why Religious Cannabis?

Why Religious Cannabis? Understanding the Power of Conscious Consumption

Hot stones were used to heat cannabis flowers, resin or seeds and then inhaled for psychoactive effects
Cannabis Couldron with burnt remnants

Many cultures and religions have used cannabis throughout history. With the recent legalization of cannabis in various countries, the conversation around its spiritual and religious use has regained momentum. The importance of conscious consumption is at the forefront of this discussion, leading us to explore the meaning and value of sacred cannabis and the rights associated with its use. In this article, we will delve into the topic as we outline the role of cannabis in spiritual practices, examine the legal framework supporting religious cannabis use, and introduce an innovative event that celebrates cannabis as a sacrament.

The History of Cannabis and Spirituality

Two Column's in Judaic Temple  with remnants found of frankincense and the other with cannabis
Judiac Temple

Cannabis has been revered for thousands of years for both its psychoactive and medicinal properties, playing a central role in the spiritual practices of diverse cultures around the world. The plant has been documented in various religious texts, including the Vedas, Zend-Avesta, and the Hebrew Bible, as a sacred substance capable of inducing spiritual experiences and prompting introspection.

For instance, the Rastafarian movement incorporates cannabis into their religious rituals, where it is used as a sacrament to deepen their connection with the divine and foster unity within their community. Similarly, the ancient Indian tradition has associated cannabis with Lord Shiva, where consuming it during celebrations like the festival of Holi is a symbolic act of communion with the deity.

Conscious Consumption and the Power of Intention

An essential aspect of religious cannabis use is conscious consumption – the deliberate and mindful act of partaking in cannabis, setting intentions, and allowing the experience to guide you on a path of personal growth. Through conscious consumption, users develop a more robust understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and spiritual realms, cultivating greater self-awareness.

When talking about religious cannabis, it's essential to acknowledge that this practice goes beyond recreational use. The main goal is not merely to achieve pleasure but to access deeper realms of consciousness and explore profound spiritual connections. This distinguishing factor underscores the importance of understanding the legal framework surrounding religious cannabis use.

The Legal Framework: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Religious Cannabis Sticker

In the United States, the [Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)]( of 1993 and its amendment in 2006 provides a legal avenue for the protection of religious cannabis use. The act ensures that the government shall not impose any "substantial burden" on a person's exercise of religion unless doing so serves a compelling interest and employs the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.

Upheld again in 2014 in [*Hobby Lobby v. Burwell*](, the RFRA reaffirms the rights of religious cannabis users to consume and practice following their beliefs as long as they meet specific legal requirements. To qualify for protection, the use must be genuinely rooted in religious practices rather than an attempt to exploit the law for recreational purposes. Users must be aware and respectful of these guidelines to ensure the sustainable and legitimate practice of religious cannabis use.

Introducing the First Religious Cannabis Ceremonies in Modern Times

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Religious Cannabis Ceremony Flier

In line with the principle of conscious consumption and support of the rights of religious cannabis users, Nydia. Kishar are delighted to announce the inaugural series of religious cannabis ceremonies. These groundbreaking events will occur on the first Friday of each month at a local woman-owned healing center in SE Detroit's heart.

These ceremonies have remained concealed and confined to the shadows for far too long due to the fear of legal repercussions. Yet, by doing so, we have unintentionally marginalized and neglected the rich heritage of ancient practices, rites, traditions, and rituals.

Join us as we explore the consumption of sacred medicines within diverse religious contexts, from the profound Judiac beliefs to the ancient Taoist and Neolithic practices and other religious customs observed globally.

Prepare to encounter the essence of your faith like never before as we endeavor to honor and revive these time-honored traditions.

Other Religious Resources

Nydia. Kishar. has recreated labels she was introduced to by her late mentor, Michael Meyers. These Religious Cannabis Labels contain the docket number for the US Supreme Court Ruling of the Religious Restoration Freedom Act of 2006. With genuine belief via documentation, belief, practice, and conviction, you hold this sacred plant medicine as your sacrament. Head over to the SHOP to acquire your labels today.

If you want to learn even more, schedule a consultation today.

You will develop a more profound respect for yourself and sacred plant medicines and receive advice tailored directly to you. Education is key so go forth knowing we have the powerful gift of knowledge. Now is the time to use it.

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