Religion and marijuana: Where does Hinduism stand on marijuana?

The second article in our series of religion and marijuana - Today we are looking at the relationship between Hinduism and marijuana usage. 

Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide.

Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.

Like other religions, Hindus generally disapprove of the non-medicinal drug use.

In the past, however, drugs played an important part in worship. In the Vedas a drug called Soma was used as an offering and then drunk by the priests. The Vedic god Soma was the ‘master of plants’, the ‘healer of disease’ and also brought wealth.

In later Hinduism, Soma was identified with the moon which waxes and wanes when the drug is drunk by the gods.

Marijuana has a long history in India,...

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