By: Sara Dilley 12/19/2013
Cannabis has not only been used in religious ceremonies, it has a long-standing tradition in numerous world faiths.
Let’s start with the area it’s been used the longest: China. Taoist shamans used cannabis in combination with ginseng to reveal truths about the future, believing the plant had the ability to cast their spirit forward in time. In Taoism, cannabis consumption was reserved for religious officials and not shared with common people, which might explain its strange exclusion from ancient texts.
By 200 C.E., the Han Dynasty of Imperial China had embraced Confucianism, abandoned Taoism and, with it, cannabis.