Shamanism and Cannabis: Revealing the Mystical Connection
When you think of shamanism, the first things that pop to mind are probably ayahuasca, South American tribes, and Asian horror movies. Still, that is not what shamanism is all about.
In essence, shamanism is a spiritual practice connected with nature and healing. It often involves ceremonies in which the shaman goes into a deep state of trance in order to connect with the spirit world.
As such, cannabis use was not foreign to the ancient mystics. In fact, shamans have been using cannabis in their rituals for ages now and for multiple reasons too:
- Ritual of the passage. Shamans frequently induce the state of trance to enter the spirit realm, perform magic, and banish evil spirits.
- Creating a bond. Many shamans use cannabis in their bonding rituals, especially when they need to share experiences or negotiate peace.
- Healing. Ancient shamans used cannabis to treat many health problems, such as depression and other mental issues. They called it a “miracle cure“ due to its potent effects.
- Funeral ceremonies. Cannabis was also used for funeral rites. Namely, it was common to cover the body of the deceased with cannabis leaves as a veil to protect the body and empower the deceased before they enter the netherworld.
When we compare modern shamans with their predecessors, there are some obvious similarities; for example, searching for spiritual balance, connecting with nature, and bonding with people through cannabis.
Today we have about 1.2 billion cannabis consumers and an ever-increasing number of new-age subcultures that revolve around alternative forms of spirituality.