Joshua M. Davidson
Social issues: Marijuana in America
For generations in many cultures and in many societies marijuana has been a part of life. Some have used it for spiritual reasons while others have used for medical reasons. In some cultures it was used together as some sort of magic; combining the two uses together to heal the sick. In the Americas cannabis was given out in tinctures as medicine until the 1930’s when the prohibition of marijuana began in the United States. (Sparc) Cannabis is also used in many other parts of the world such as India, which there it has been part of their culture for at least three thousand years. Being used to treat a variety of health conditions, while also being known and used for its spiritual aspects for just as long. In fact cannabis is considered so profound in South Asia that many religious groups have incorporated it into meditation practices. (Sparc) These groups include Buddhists, Naths, Shaivites and Goddess Worshippers, saying that it’s a mean to stop their mind and enter a state of stillness, also known as Samadhi. (Sparc) The wide spread use of Marijuana has been around for many generations and has been very profound throughout the world for so long that it can be hard to believe that in some parts of the world it has been around for many thousands of years, that in their society the cultivation and presence of marijuana was viewed as a source of power and wealth. Cannabis use in China has a very long history. It was so valuable to the Chinese at one point that they called their country “the land of mulberry and hemp.” Cannabis was a symbol of power over evil in their culture during Shen Nung’s pharmacopoeia and was called the “liberator of sin.”(Sparc) In Japan it was used in ancient Japanese ceremonial rights and to create space and purity. They believed that evil and purity cannot exist alongside one another so marijuana would be used in a ritual waving what they...
Bibliography: Sparcsf.org. 2013. Spiritual Use of Cannabis | San Francisco Patient and Resource Center. [online] Available at: http://sparcsf.org/spiritual-use-of-cannabis [Accessed: 23 Nov 2013].
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