A word from Pastor Pothead –
I wrote this book with the intent to bring potheads closer to God. The established Church has long defamed marijuana as a tool of the devil, when it is in fact the foundation of building a relationship with God – and has been since the formation of the Church, even back to Moses.
For the moment, let’s ignore India. Let’s not pay attention to the fact that cannabis has been in use for ages in China, Europe, Africa (including Egypt), and all the others. For now we’ll just look at its use in Judeo-Christian history.
Genesis 1:11-12, 29 tells us God created vegetation, proclaimed it good, and gave dominion over it to man. Any seed-bearing plant may be used in a godly manner, that right is given to us by Him. It was among the first instructions given.
Exodus 30:22-25 calls for 250 shekels (over six pounds) of “sweet cane” or “fragrant cane” in the production of Holy Anointing Oil. The Hebrew term used in this passage is kaneh-bosm, singular kaneh-bos, a cognate of cannabis. The Holy Oil for their priests and kings contained marijuana.
Christ – Xristos – is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which means “anointed.” I assume Jesus, though not born of the priestly caste, received that anointing with the traditional oil. That tradition was later expanded by the followers of Jesus, as demonstrated by Mark 6:12-13 and James 5:14-16.
“Christian” means “Christ-like” or “little Christ,” signifying that the individual had received a Holy Anointing. The use of cannabis was part and parcel of following Christ. It’s at the heart of the movement.
And that really was what all the fuss was about, wasn’t it? Jesus was vilified because he told the people that they could have their own relationship with God without messing around with the less-than-optimal Temple. After Immersion – anointed with Holy Oil. Confirmation, Ordination, Ministration to the Sick – all involve the use of Holy Oil. We’ve just adjusted the recipe into uselessness.
By reintroducing the use of cannabis into our Christian religious services, we have an opportunity to honor the origins of our faith AND create lasting social bonds with one another without pretending to be Rastafarians. It relieves suffering, induces peace, provides joy, and places me in a mind-set where I’m more able to fully contemplate God and His Will for me. It harms no one. It’s the epitome of what Christ wanted for us.
Cannabis also has a remarkable ability to bring people together. I can think of few things that will bridge the gap between people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and economic statuses than having them sit down together and pass each other a pipe. When under the influence of cannabis, anything seems possible. The horizons broaden, and new ideas merit contemplation rather than scorn.
Plus, it makes those little wafers more palatable.
I’d like to point out that I’m not suggesting that you can replace your regular church-going practices with getting high. It’s important to gather together regularly to hear the Word, to have a faith-based community to share in. What I am suggesting is that your experience of church could be enhanced with cannabis, and your experience of cannabis will be enhanced by inviting God to
Recent studies have shown cannabis to have enormous potential in medicine – why not mysticism? I’m not adding anything new to the Christian faith, I’m restoring something lost, something vital – authentic initiation into God’s Mysteries through the prayerful use of cannabis.
Embrace your Christian heritage!
I butchered The Book of Common Prayer According to the Episcopal Church (copyright free) and added a few words on the tradition of religious cannabis use, breathing, and creative visualization. It contains a framework for morning and evening prayer, a lectionary for daily Bible readings, and a collection of prayers for various occasions. There are a few hyperlinks to take you to the section you’re looking for, and it will probably fit on your phone just fine.
There may be future editions.