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Cantheism, also Kantheism, is a modern term for religions based on the inherent goodness of the cannabis plant. Adherents are known as cantheists or cannabists. Cantheism neither endorses nor discriminates against any other church, faith, or system of belief.

Chris Conrad's treatise on the topic provides evidence for how "many of the world's great religions have used cannabis sacramentally and ceremonially." [1]

Conrad's examples include:

  • Animism - belief that all things have sentient spirits, and some versions assert that Cannabis has the power to cross the line between the mental and the spiritual worlds.
  • Hinduism - Sadhu, ganja, chillum, spiritual and physical healing, smoking cloth. Includes the mystical interpretation of cannabis healing powers via Ayurvedic practices.
  • Rastafari movement - the belief that cannabis is a holy sacrament.
  • LaVeyan Satanism - given that drugs are a form of self indulgence, Satanists are not bound from taking drugs (so long as the indlugence doesn't lead to compulsion) - in particular cannabis which has the least detectable long term effects.
  • Shamanism - use of all herbs in mystical pursuit of the infinite.
  • Zoroastrianism - use of cannabis to communicate with God for mystical consciousness and personal enlightenment.

Rites and Rituals

Observance of Cantheist rites are beneficial but not mandatory. These include the regular consumption of cannabis, offering thanksgiving and blessing for cannabis when you partake, and sharing the holy smoke among the faithful. Other rituals, such as bonfire jumping during the summer solstice, are practiced among different communities.

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