Entheogenic use of cannabis

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.wikipedia
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Entheogen

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.
One of the most widely used entheogens is cannabis, entheogenic use of cannabis has been used in regions such as China, Europe, and India, and, in some cases, for thousands of years.

Cannabis (drug)

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE. The first, bhang, a type of cannabis edible, consists of the leaves and plant tops of the marijuana plant.
Cannabis is mostly used for recreation or as a medicinal drug, although it may also be used for spiritual purposes.

Bhang

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The first, bhang, a type of cannabis edible, consists of the leaves and plant tops of the marijuana plant.
Spiritual use of cannabis

Chemical substance

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.

Religion

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.

Spirituality

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.

Indian subcontinent

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE. The earliest known reports regarding the sacred status of cannabis in the Indian subcontinent come from the Atharva Veda estimated to have been written sometime around 2000–1400 BCE, which mentions cannabis as one of the "five sacred plants... which release us from anxiety" and that a guardian angel resides in its leaves.

Vedic period

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Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context—a chemical substance used in a religious or spiritual context —in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE.

Aphrodisiac

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Cannabis has been used by shamanic and pagan cultures to ponder deeply religious and philosophical subjects related to their tribe or society, to achieve a form of enlightenment, to unravel unknown facts and realms of the human mind and subconscious, and also as an aphrodisiac during rituals or orgies.

Greek mythology

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There are several references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that eliminated anguish and sorrow.

Herodotus

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Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians, thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE.

Scythians

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Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians, thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE.

Hindu saints

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Itinerant Hindu saints have used it in the Indian subcontinent for centuries.

Psilocybin mushroom

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Over the last few decades hundreds of archaeological and anthropological items of evidence have come out of Mexican, Mayan and Aztec cultures that suggest cannabis, along with magic mushrooms (psilocybin), peyote (mescaline) and other psychoactive plants were used in cultural shamanic and religious rituals.

Peyote

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Over the last few decades hundreds of archaeological and anthropological items of evidence have come out of Mexican, Mayan and Aztec cultures that suggest cannabis, along with magic mushrooms (psilocybin), peyote (mescaline) and other psychoactive plants were used in cultural shamanic and religious rituals.

Psychoactive plant

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Over the last few decades hundreds of archaeological and anthropological items of evidence have come out of Mexican, Mayan and Aztec cultures that suggest cannabis, along with magic mushrooms (psilocybin), peyote (mescaline) and other psychoactive plants were used in cultural shamanic and religious rituals.

Atharvaveda

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The earliest known reports regarding the sacred status of cannabis in the Indian subcontinent come from the Atharva Veda estimated to have been written sometime around 2000–1400 BCE, which mentions cannabis as one of the "five sacred plants... which release us from anxiety" and that a guardian angel resides in its leaves.

Vedas

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The Vedas also refer to it as a "source of happiness," "joy-giver" and "liberator," and in the Raja Valabba, the gods send hemp to the human race so that they might attain delight, lose fear and have sexual desires.

Sadhu

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Many households in India own and grow a cannabis plant to be able to offer cannabis to a passing sadhu (ascetic holy men), and during some evening devotional services it is not uncommon for cannabis to be smoked by everyone present.

Shiva

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Cannabis was often consumed in weddings or festivals honoring Shiva, who is said to have brought it down from the Himalayas.

Himalayas

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Cannabis was often consumed in weddings or festivals honoring Shiva, who is said to have brought it down from the Himalayas.

Maha Shivaratri

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It is still offered to Shiva in temples on Shivaratri day, while devotional meetings called bhajans, although not necessarily associated with Shiva, are occasions for devotees to consume the drug liberally.

Bhajan

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It is still offered to Shiva in temples on Shivaratri day, while devotional meetings called bhajans, although not necessarily associated with Shiva, are occasions for devotees to consume the drug liberally.

Yogi

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Yogis or sadhus along with other Hindu mystics have been known to smoke a mixture of cannabis sativa and tobacco in order to enhance meditation.

Diwali

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This is particularly common during the festival of Diwali and Kumbha Mela.