Is Smoking Weed A Sin? It Depends on Who You Ask, and When

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Is Smoking Weed A Sin? It Depends on Who You Ask, and When

Holy Smokes, Is Smoking Weed a Sin? A Brief Look at Weed and Religion

Weed and religion have been in conflict and harmony for millennia. Many first-time smokers ask, "Is smoking weed a sin?" This guide will answer that question.

 If you're curious about where the estimated 4,200 religions in the world practice, there are cool maps that illustrate the locations of these belief systems. Each of these religions has different stances on both deities and morality, and each has a different stance on weed.

As a hemp hugger, you've probably wondered before, is smoking weed a sin? The answer to that question is much more complicated than a simple yes or no. Today, we're going to take an in-depth look at what each major world religion has to say on the topic of cannabis.

Read on for the facts behind how weed is used in both Eastern and Abrahamic religions!

Eastern Religions

In the early days of religion, cannabis was definitely not a sin. In fact, it was believed in many cases to have restorative properties that brought you closer to enlightenment and the gods.


The earliest examples of weed in religion date back to 4 BC, when Taoists in ancient China used marijuana leaves as ritual incense burners. It was said to bring people back into their natural state of being and eliminate worldly desires of the self. Many Taoist priests also used weed to communicate with the spirits that they believed brought them closer to divination.

Today, cannabis has no role in Taoism, but it isn't condoned by believers, either. Taoists are a very 'live-and-let-live' people, and as long as you aren't infringing on another person's rights to practice Taoism, they believe that life is yours to take by the reins. Smoking cannabis is one of these personal choices of self-expression that Taoists are neutral on but open to.


Right beside China, Hindus were also talking about cannabis. In their beliefs, the hemp plant- a.k.a. marijuana- was one of the 'five sacred plants' of their religion and India as a whole, along with plants as benign as barley.

The history of cannabis in India continues today, with the plant being so popular that it's sometimes sold in street stands by independent merchants. These merchants are government-licensed, so make no mistake- weed is perfectly legal. It's used both recreationally and for religious reasons.


Hemp was also important to Buddhists, as they would consume one hemp seed each day to bring themselves closer to enlightenment. However, as the cannabis part of the plant obstructs clarity and takes you off the path to enlightenment, Buddhists throughout history have frowned upon it.

Today, possession of weed is a serious criminal offense in China where many Buddhists (and Taoists) live. Penalties include life imprisonment, hard labor., and even death This, of course, restricts access for the people living there.

However, nothing is absolute in Buddhism, so the religion believes that smoking weed is okay as long as it doesn't impair decisions and cause worse transgressions.

Abrahamic Religions

Rather than using east-west terminology, the world religions that aren't from the Eastern world often refer to themselves as 'Abrahamic religions.' Cannabis is unsurprisingly much more taboo in these religions, but how do they really feel about it? Let's take a look.


Actually, we lied- while an Abrahamic religion, the Jewish don't really consider marijuana to be a sin.

There's a lot of debate on whether weed was used in ancient Jewish rituals, but evidence seems to suggest that hemp at least was used in many of them.

Today, people in Jewish spaces actually joke about how many of them are involved in weed culture, because the numbers are really high. Israel actually is leading the world in medical marijuana research today, and North American Jewish people are using it recreationally in many different ways.


Islam, unlike Judaism, is distinctly unfriendly to marijuana users. Because of the strict nature of the Quran in relation to mind-altering drugs, it never became popular in Islam as it did in most Eastern religions. 

While the Quran doesn't explicitly prohibit weed in the way that it does alcohol, most Muslim nations frown heavily upon it. While some Muslims believe it to be totally halal, most scholars agree that it's an intoxicating substance like alcohol. It's prohibited by Sharia law in these nations and can be penalized with public floggings and the like.


There actually isn't a lot of information on weed in Christian history up until the 20th century. Nothing was really said about it, so we can only assume that either Christian nations didn't have much weed around or that they really didn't care about it.

Today, Christian fundamentalists regard weed as a sin. The Bible says nothing about it, but accepted by these groups to be a mind-altering drug that puts you on the path to hell.

Many Christians do have positive relationships with weed, though! Some Christians use the herb to meditate and get closer to heaven. It also has a lot of healing properties, so many Christians speak out in favor of legalization due to this.

Is Smoking Weed a Sin?

So, is smoking weed a sin? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Regardless of legal issues, practitioners of Eastern religions tend to be indifferent to the use of weed despite having a rich history with the herb. In other world religions, the use of cannabis is very much sin and is strictly taboo.

Knowing how each of the major world religions feels about weed is rad, but we firmly believe that it puts you on the path to enlightenment. This means that it's time to get in touch with your own mind and break out a joint. Click here to visit our online shop and purchase products that show off your love for the herb.

Stay chill, (possible) sinner!

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