Budism is a religion which takes the smoking of cannabis (marijuana) as its highest sacrament and avenue towards spiritual understanding and bliss. Bud, of course, is a colloquial term for cannabis. Budist philosophy generally counsels going with the flow, not worrying about what others think, and enjoying the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years, and is mentioned in ancient Indian texts dating back to 2000 BCE. Used primarily as a religious vehicle, Indian shamans employed cannabis to help them pray and achieve spiritual union with deities. Though vilified in the West during most of the 20th century, it was considered a sacred part of the Caribbean-based Rastafarian religion at that time. Today, many governments are finally conceding that cannabis is not only safe for recreational use but it shows great promise to treat a variety of psychological and physical ailments.
The smoking of cannabis is the primary spiritual practice of Budists, but many other pastimes are engaged in which are considered to be harmonious with the resultant effects: Listening to music, spending time in nature, enjoying food and many other Epicureanist pleasures.
Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation – from the writers of the world’s religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists.
— Jack Herer
The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.
— Carl Sagan
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
— Kerry Thornley
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