MARIJUANA: HEAVEN OR HELL?
Kenneth Blum, Ph.D., Co-Discoverer of: The Reward Gen
To give you a brief history, the use of the cannabis plant dates back to 2,500 B.C. when the Chinese used it as a pain reliever and for its euphoria-inducing qualities. During American colonial times, doctors used it for a variety of medicinal and health purposes, including pain relief and appetite control. In the 1950’s, the U.S. government imposed mandatory jail sentences and fines for the possession and distribution of marijuana. Marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 substance in the 1970’s placing it on the same level as heroin and cocaine. In the last decade, although there has not been much reform of Cannabis policy –the clamor of debate and controversy continues today. Recently, the US is experiencing real change in the state laws governing marijuana and in the enforcement of Federal legislation that has fueled genuine and heated debate both for and against these changes.
Recreational marijuana use is legal in four states and the District of Columbia. It is also legalized in some form in twenty-five states. In 2012, ballot measures legalized Marijuana in Colorado and Washington.
In Alaska and Oregon adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public, six plants in Alaskan homes and eight ounces in homes in Oregon. Voters in Nevada are considering a ballot initiative later this year. Moreover, Louisiana lawmakers amended the state’s existing medical marijuana law permitting doctors to recommend rather than prescribe medical marijuana, which runs counter to the federal legislation. The law also expanded the list of eligible conditions for cannabis treatment. Possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in some states while others have passed medical marijuana laws- some broader than others allowing for limited use. The types of medical conditions that allow for treatment vary from state to state. For example, some states have passed laws allowing residents to possess cannabis oil if they suffer from certain medical illnesses. Decades ago, Virginia enacted legislation allowing for the possession of marijuana if individuals received prescriptions from doctors. However, Federal law prohibits doctors from prescribing marijuana, rendering those laws invalid. In April, Pennsylvania became the latest state to legalize medical marijuana.
Mounting concern promoted by an alliance of organizations and individuals named Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) are professionals working in the mental health and public health sector dedicated to a health-first approach. They are bipartisan people who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. They are treatment providers, medical doctors, lawmakers, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who believe in a commonsense, third-way approach to marijuana policy, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.
Understandably, professionals in the addiction space want to accomplish fair policies regarding both the medical and recreational use (not abuse) of marijuana. This is more easily said than done! A recent visit to Denver’s legalized dispensary helps one understand the dilemma. While there are many smokable marijuana varieties
(having upwards of 24% active Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to choose from with an array of names and mood claims, there are also edibles such as gummy squares containing 7 mg of THC per square and some waxes containing from 69-89% THC. With good intentions, the dispensary staff try to help people navigate this array, explaining the possible dangers of over –indulgence and suggesting caution especially about the over consumption of gummies (no more than one or two at a time) and providing careful instructions concerning waxes.
The missing piece is the human condition.
While some believe that legalization is about making a small number of business people wealthy and reducing unwanted incarceration, others are calling for a middle-road approach, primarily seeking only decriminalization, moving us backward. Would this provide the impetus for drug cartels to harvest and illegally sell again? The answer is not so simple. RAND
(Research AND Development) Corporation recently reported
that drug trafficking groups received a minority of their revenue from marijuana, the big money for them is in human trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, piracy and other illicit drugs.
However, without being long-winded lets lay down some interesting facts –pro and con concerning the utilization of another intoxicant in society.
What is the Scientific Truth?
Clinically, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a subset of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) a framework based on a known hypodopaminergic trait (genetic) further impacted by environmental elements (epigenetic). It is to be understood that the human brain contains not only the natural receptors (cannabinoid-CB1 and CB2) that respond to cannabis but also endogenous substances that act like THC.
Much of the information here can be found at ‘How THC Affects the Brain” http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/the-science-of-marijuana.
Marijuana’s main active ingredient THC was first identified as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and began the ‘Science of Marijuana’ in the mid1960s. It took twenty years for scientists to identify [cannabinoid (CB) receptors] the sites in the brain and body where marijuana acts. Next, researchers discovered the body’s own natural chemicals [anandamide and 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol] which also act on CB receptors. This group of chemicals is called cannabinoids, and together with their receptors, make up the endocannabinoid (EC) system. The EC system affects so many different bodily functions because it works in many areas of the brain. Cannabinoids work by regulating how cells communicate—changing how they send, receive, or process messages. See how the EC System operates in the Neurones in the figure below.
Inhaled marijuana, rapidly releases THC that quickly attaches to cannabinoid receptors. THC overwhelms the natural EC system preventing the natural chemicals from doing their job properly and changes the balance of the whole EC system. In doing so, some level of relief from everyday stress is provided by indirectly increasing the release of dopamine via a cascade of neurotransmission within the reward system of the brain. This is the so-called “heaven” sought out by millions daily. In the following figure, the differences between the natural anandamide and THC on brain and behavior are represented. The function of the brain structure that contains high numbers of CB receptors and the altered effect of the THC user are listed.
Certainly, the literature is rife with controversy concerning many scientific aspects related to the “heaven” and “hell” effects of marijuana. One could make a case for either by selecting any appropriate literature citation. However, having an honest approach to this complex pharmacological risk compared to benefit inventory seems not only parsimonious but necessary for our lawmakers to vote responsibly. Without endorsing or agreeing with certain scientifically vetted issues on the subject (this would entail an in-depth scientific review) the following represents current thinking about the issues that are surrounding Marijuana Legalization.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
There is some evidence that marijuana is both addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used as an adolescent. One in every six 16 year-olds (and one in every eleven adults) who try marijuana will become addicted to it. The retort here is that 33% of Americans carry polymorphic genes that provide a high risk for psychoactive drugs to be abused and become addictive.
Can Marijuana product physical withdrawal not just psychological?
Different addictions have different symptoms, but whether its food, sex, marijuana, or heroin – your brain knows it wants more of that feeling of pleasure. Unlike alcohol, heroin, cocaine and tobacco, most chronic marijuana users who attempt to stop “cold turkey” will experience a milder array of withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and/or cravings. Science has shown that 1 in 6 kids who ever try marijuana, according to the National Institutes of Health, will become addicted to the drug. Potentially, one explanation is that today’s marijuana is not your “Woodstock weed” – it can be 5-10 times stronger than marijuana of the past,
Does Marijuana Make You Dumb?
While there is a plethora of data suggesting that short –term memory is impaired, there is also evidence that many successful people have smoked marijuana throughout their careers. However, research shows that adolescents who smoke marijuana once a week over a two-year period are almost six times more likely than nonsmokers to drop out of school and over three times less likely to enter college. Evidence from a large cohort published four years ago found that using marijuana regularly before the age of 18 resulted in an average IQ of six to eight fewer points at age 38 versus to those who did not use the drug before 18.
Marijuana makes you lack satisfaction and motivation
While there is evidence that regular marijuana use is associated with lower satisfaction, lack of intimate romantic relationships and referred to as “a-motivational syndrome” surprisingly, a new paper in 2016 showed that when regular heavy daily marijuana users stopped using and were compared to so-called healthy non-users, the measured motivation was similar for both groups. This suggests that Marijuana seems different from most other addictive drugs but does not make it safe, especially for adolescents.
Are Marijuana Users Clogging our Prisons
Most Americans are unhappy with the fact that illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana should constitute incarceration. It is true that there have been some very unfair cases in the past, whereby people were jailed for only marijuana possession. However, a survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that 0.7% of all state inmates who were behind bars for marijuana possession only, had pled down from more serious crimes. In total, one tenth of one percent (0.1 percent) of all state prisoners were marijuana-possession offenders with no prior sentences. Other independent research has shown that the risk of arrest for each “joint,” or marijuana cigarette smoked is about 1 arrest for every 12,000 joints. This of course does not mean that self-medicating marijuana users should be arrested.
Is Marijuana a medicine
The answer to this question is that more research should be conducted on the 22 alkaloids present in marijuana plants. There is significant growing evidence that certain cannabinoids have potent anti-tumor activity, anti-depressant characteristics, helpful with HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular issues, sleep, anxiety, and anti- nausea. There is also some evidence for improvement in ADHD and focus at lower doses. Understanding this potential does not negate the fact that most states that permit the use of medical marijuana, less than 2-3% of users report having cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, MS, or other life-threatening diseases.
Does Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer
The evidence on lung cancer and marijuana is mixed –but marijuana contains 50% more carcinogens than tobacco smoke, and marijuana smokers report serious symptoms of chronic bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. However, in some studies, the opposite was found showing that the combination of smoking marijuana with tobacco reduced the incidence of lung cancer. The growing use of vaporizers and edibles should reduce the use of tobacco.
Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug
We know that most people who use Marijuana won’t go onto other drugs, but 99% of people who are addicted to other drugs started with alcohol and/or marijuana. However, regarding some scientific facts in mice, it is now known that THC (not marijuana per se) administered to pregnant females cause epigenetic effects for up to two generations so that the resultant generations have an increased sensitivity for subsequent heroin abuse and addiction. Scientifically, the real gateway drug is nicotine, especially for cocaine abuse.
Alcohol and Nicotine are legal, why shouldn’t marijuana also be legal?
Most scientists would agree that both alcohol and nicotine are far worst that marijuana in causing sickness and even death from its abuse. In fact, our currently legal drugs – alcohol and tobacco – provide a good example since both youth and adults use them far more frequently than illegal drugs. According to recent surveys, alcohol is used by 52% of Americans and tobacco is used by 27% of Americans, but marijuana is used by only 8% of Americans. However, with the rise in THC content of current recreational products like wax (up to in some cases 97%) we are being faced with an increase in psychosis and toddler intoxication from edibles.
One important issue brought up by the SAM organization that requires some discussion involves the concept of legalization and the change in the presence of drug cartels in mainstream America. SAM suggests that legalization will not do much to deter the drug cartels presence in America. They suggest that legalization of marijuana will involve unwanted taxes that will, in turn, result in people seeking cheaper tax –free products through illegal means. I find this hard to believe because we have not seen this with the legalization of alcohol in the United Sates. The boot-legers are gone, and as such this defense seems unfounded.
Based on restrictive marijuana laws regarding research especially in the smoked form, and Marijuana being placed in schedule 1 since the 60s, research on the plant has been almost non-existent. In fact, in one extreme case, a professor at a well-known University in America was fired for suggesting a study for smoked marijuana as an adjunct for PTSD. However, many scientists and some politicians have asked the US government to place marijuana in a lower category than Schedule 1 and are awaiting a response. There are however signs of a possible shift in attitude within the federal government. In May, the D.E.A. issued new rules to increase the government’s production of marijuana for research this year from 21,000 grams to 650,000 grams. At the National Institute on Drug Abuse, records show that at the beginning of this year there were 28 active grants for research into the possible medical benefits of marijuana in six disease categories. Additionally, other National Institutes of Health entities have been supporting marijuana research. As for independently funded marijuana research, the federal government has cleared 16 projects since 1999, 13 of them at the University of California, San Diego.
With the current information, many chronic marijuana users never go on to more ‘heavy-duty’ drugs. However, the use of marijuana is a ‘double-edged sword’ – it can be “Heaven or Hell.” More research is required and is in the pipeline. With that said we have yet to understand how to fully utilize its ‘magical’ properties – and to discover the best way as a society, that we can do with or without it.
Marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 substance in the 1970’s placing it on the same level as heroin and cocaine. In the last decade, although there …
Is Smoking Weed A Sin?
Can Christians smoke weed? No, and yes smoking pot is indeed a sin. These new generation of professing Christians does not care for God’s Word. They will make so many different excuses and twist words to justify sin. Before I became a Christian I was a pothead. It was my idol.
Although it is extremely rare, you can die from marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis can indeed trigger heart complications. I personally know someone who died while smoking a joint. It kills your lungs. It increased my anxiety.
This world is cannabis crazy. Medical marijuana is a complete joke. Weed is a gateway drug that is making many people broke. Even though people try to deny it, weed is addicting and many people have to go to rehab for it.
People are spending $20 dollars a gram for a few hours high. Is it really worth it? People are making extremely poor decisions and the devil is promoting this through worldly music. If you’re a teen you must not try to fit in with the bad crowd .
God’s ways are higher than our ways. I used to always make excuses and Satan was deceiving me, but God showed me and convicted me and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. Stop making excuses ! You know it’s a sin! Repent and turn to Christ! Click this link to learn how to be saved.
Can you smoke weed, which is hurting your body for the glory of God? No!
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
What did Paul say? With marijuana you are yielding up control to an external force and releasing self-control.
1. 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
We must obey the law federal and state.
2. Romans 13:1-4 All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. So those who are against the government are really against what God has commanded. And they will bring punishment on themselves. Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers; only those who do wrong fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and they will praise you. The ruler is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. He has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong.
1 Peter 2:13-14 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority–whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
“God made weed to enjoy dude!”
He also made poison ivy go try it! He made the tree of knowledge, but commanded Adam not to eat from it.
Genesis 2:15-17 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil , for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”
Genesis 1:29-30 God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
For food not for smoking, not to be in a bong, not to be put in a blunt, but for food.
After Adam sinned
We always forget this. Not everything was good after the fall.
Genesis 3:17-18 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you , and you will eat the plants of the field.”
How does God view weed smoking?
The Bible warns against intoxication and altering your mind. You might say that’s for alcohol, but intoxication is not only for alcohol. You can drink a glass of wine and you will be fine, but the purpose of smoking is to alter your mind. You smoke for the purpose of getting high.
Proverbs 23:31-35 Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. Afterward it bites like a snake , and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will speak perverse things. And you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging. You will say, “They have struck me, but I am not harmed! They beat me, but I did not know it! When will I awake? I will look for another drink.”
The world promotes it
Worldly people like rapper Wiz Khalifa influences this filth to kids. That is a big red flag when the world promotes it. Just like the world promotes promiscuity, covetousness, and drunkenness.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
James 4:4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.
Drug use is forbidden. Sorcery – translated pharmakeia which means drug use.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery , hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance as I told you before that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Smoking hurts your lungs and pot use has many hidden harmful effects.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
People die for it and get robbed over it.
Ecclesiastes 7:17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool; otherwise you might die before your time.
It is not spending money wisely.
Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money on what cannot nourish you and your wages on what does not satisfy you? Listen carefully to me: Eat what is good, and enjoy the best foods.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Idolatry in pot
I need this to relax, I need this to help my stress, to sleep, to eat. No, all you need is Christ. He is enough.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry .
Satan says, “it’s not a sin did God really say you can’t smoke it?” Sounds familiar!
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded ; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion , seeking someone to devour.
Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Is weed harmful?
There are many people who will deny and gloss over the harmful effects of marijuana. You might even hear people say, “drinking and cigarettes are much worse for you.” Since when did two wrongs make a right? Studies conducted on college students have shown that weed use has affected memory, attention, and learning in a negative way. Studies have also shown that postal workers who have tested positive for marijuana had over 50% more accidents and a 75% increase in being absent from work. Not only does marijuana harm your health, but it also harms your career and your aspirations. Continuous weed use lowers your IQ, increases the likelihood of having chronic bronchitis, increases dropout rates, increases addiction, can create sexual problems, lessens your coordination, increases anxiety/depression, and increases your risk of having a heart attack.
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I think this is a good point. Although it could have been approached a little differently. There are a hundred reasons someone can give to smoke weed, just look at all the different ways you can get a medical card. But the truth is smoking is just vain, and most people who do smoke it do so to get high. I have used it to put me to sleep and it works real well, but sleep is a gift from God(Psalm 127:2). I believe cannabis is just like every other plant in Gods creation, it has its agricultural, medicinal, and industrial purposes. Smoking weed is an easy way to get it in your body, but eating it is even easier. To eat it does not destroy the plant and its precious oils. I agree that someone who genuinely wants to follow Christ should not smoke. It is bad for the lungs and can create lots of vanity if abused.
I 100% agree with you Luke. Although this article was really great, I too think it could have been approached differently. I had been really struggling with whether or not smoking weed is a sin or if it’s just something God doesn’t mind us doing. I have been doing it for the last couple of months but my gut is telling me that God does not like this. But I could not figure out why God does not like it. But this article pointed out some really GREAT verses that made me realize, base on scripture, I need to stop smoking. Smoking just for the fun of it is very different than smoking it for medicinal purposes. Proverbs chapter 23 is what stood out the most for me. Overall this was a very great article Fritz and it is the one article I will definitely save my favorites!
I also struggled with smoking, it does ease pain, but does affect my mind.All the scriptures pertaining to being sober, changed my view point to see how I had been fooled…remember satan has one purpose, to steal, kill, and destroy.
I understand your passion about canibus. I feel it should be used with caution but we must admit that that statistics show that alcohol kills more people than all other drugs combined. As for the high, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine after everyone in the wedding party was already drunk. Canibus is an herb given to us from the creator. Satan creates nothing. It has been used medicinally for centuries, as it should be. I personally do not use canibus, however I grew up in the sixties and all my friends used canibus and none of them are addicted to any drugs including canibus. Scientific research has not shown canibus to be addictive.
Be sure of the facts before judging another.
I appreciate your comment, but here is the issue. Please consider this. Two wrongs never make a right. You saying that one is worse doesn’t negate the other. Also, where in Scripture do you find Jesus turning water into wine while everyone is already drunk? Be careful when making such claims. There are many things that are here on this earth that we shouldn’t try. I highly doubt that God created marijuana for recreational use. We are to be sober minded. Marijuana for medical use is in my opinion a joke. Many practitioners who prescribe medical marijuana cards work for marijuana dispensaries. Most people do not need it and many practitioners are not qualified to prescribe medical issues that require marijuana. Are there some cases where it can be beneficial? Of course. However, smoking marijuana is very dangerous and it is addictive. I’ve experienced it firsthand and I’ve witnessed others become consumed by it. There is no denying that it is addictive.
“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10 NIV
Seems like the context here is pretty clear. Everyone has had a lot to drink, and before people are intoxicated, they can tell the difference between good wine and bad. Here they can’t tell because its too late in the wedding and everyone is already “had too much to drink”.
Also, I disagree with smoking weed completely, but getting your buzz on from wine seems different from what Paul was talking about with drunkenness, and I think that needs to be discussed.
John 2:10 is not referring to the guests being drunk. If it were, that would that mean that Jesus was indulging in the promotion of sinful activities. The Holy God of the universe would not do this. Let’s take a look at a different translation.
John 2:10 KJV “And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”
(Men have drunk well). Not to excess, but freely. They were not intoxicated. I love the commentary of Albert Barnes on John 2:10.”This word does not of necessity mean that they were intoxicated, though it is usually employed in that sense. It may mean when they have drunk sufficient, or to satiety; or have drunk so much as to produce hilarity, and to destroy the keenness of their taste, so that they could not readily distinguish the good from that which was worse.”
Also, I hope I am not misunderstanding you. There is nothing wrong with drinking wine as long as it does not lead to drunkenness. We should handle the consumption of alcohol with godly responsibility and holiness. Scripture warns against intoxication whether it is from alcohol or from marijuana.
In my experience of viewing people on medical marijuana, they are more out of their minds than people that smoke regular marijuana. I totally agree that it alters your mood but that is when someone laces it with other substances. In the bible it says that your body is God’s temple and we should cherish the bodies that he has provided to us. I don’t agree with people being under the influence of marijuana while you drive because your eyes and mind can play tricks on you while driving. I smoke marijuana to relax my mind sporadically but everyone has their own opinion. No one can judge anyone when it comes to what you should or should not do but you do not know what situations people go through in life. I do not want to cast any judgement towards anyone but if you have been smoking for a long time I’m pretty sure that going cold turkey can be hard for people to stop smoking. If you pray about the situation and ask God for help then he will give you the strength to completely stop smoking. It is one thing to not ask for help from God to guide you to stop smoking but letting God know that you want to be more like him and you are willing to dedicate yourself to allow him to help you then other people’s opinions do not matter. Have a wonderful night. God bless everyone.
Thank you for commenting and sharing. I do believe smoking marijuana is a sin, unless there is a true genuine medical need. Consider, does it go against God’s Word? Can I honestly say, that God is OK with this.
Thank-you so much for this Biblically backed teaching. I wish all churches would take this stance.
Pot addiction is destroying my marriage and family but my husband won’t stop because Mid Valley Fellowship in Silverton, OR where we used to attend as a family allows my husband to attend there, even play on their worship team, knowing that he is addicted to pot??
We can no longer attend there as a family because the leaders kicked me out for challenging their decision to allow my husband to play on their worship team and not discipline him for his continued pot use and abusiveness??
Please, be praying for my family. My husband needs to have a road to Damascus experience. He needs to want and receive true salvation and deliverance before it is too late.
Thank you for commenting and being open. I’m sorry about what is going on right now with your family and will be praying for y’all.
It is psychologically addictive more than physically addictive, but what is far more damaging is the demonic door that is opened when the person is using marijuana. I’m not just saying demonic influence but a physical presence. I have experienced this many years ago when I didn’t know any better and started smoking because my friends were doing it. This is a very real thing that could happen. And I must say it wasn’t just during the time I was actually “high” or feeling good but it was there the next day. Keep your mind and body clean, and keep Jesus in your heart, He is all we need.
Hi, so here’s my thoughts. You said that if we are against the government, that we are against God. That was the biggest red flag there. Any God fearing Christian knows if there’s one thing not to trust is the government. I would never compare anything on this earth to our Heavenly Father. Tell me, who decided to categorize this plant as a “drug”? I think that was the government. Who decided to call the effect that marijuana gives us “mind altering “ not sober”. The government again. Who decided to keep God out of public education, the answer is the same! Who decided to make it illegal to the point people kill and commit robbery for it. Take a guess! You know how many things it helps with? You can’t even count, but our government wouldn’t make any money if it were legal and no one could profit off of it monetarily but it’s benefits couldn’t even be measured. Your fight was kind of childish. When it starts getting too difficult and language gets iffy, then you know that it’s the devil deceiving The greatness our Lord has given us. Once doctors start throwing numbers out there with no real evidence for it , just the same old same ol about it’s use making people lazy. That’s all lies too! People who make it harder to believe it’s benefits and want to keep it from God’s children and making this topic an issue rather than the bigger issue of everyone’s own individual growth with our Savior and living Godly which is the only issue Christians need to be “fighting” about. Anytime This issue arises , God let’s me know right away what to stay away from and it only gives me more proof that this He is real and so is the lake of fire! So as soon as people start using the word of the Bible against God’s creations and giving me what the government has fed us a long time, i know who’s side they are really on and that’s not our Heavenly Father’s side, that the god of this earth you’re fighting for.
The purpose of marijuana is to alter your mind. It’s to get high. It’s difficult for me to look at a great number of Scriptures and not notice how marijuana for recreational use goes against God’s word.
Also, just because you don’t agree with the government does not mean you shouldn’t obey the laws. Especially, if the laws do not go against a direct command from the Lord.
Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
Your comment about how you had many friends back in the 60s smoke marijuana and not become addicted. Today’s marijuana is nowhere near the same as the marijuana back in the 60s. It is 10 times more potent with THC. I have witnessed it’s addictive powers. More and more studies are coming out saying that it is addictive.
You are crazy. I am addicted like a junky. This article opened my eyes. You’re in denial. IDK if you are smoking parsley but this California kush is hard to kick.
I’ve been in denial as well but I’m aware I need to change my ways. Article pointed out verses that are solid proof that we are in the wrong.
I would like to say, I love to get high and listen to the word of God. I believe I feel a spiritual closeness, a deeper sense of inner peace and understanding, a calming submissiveness to understand and cherish the Word with him. So judge my heart, not my body, and love your neighbor. Peace be upon you.
Thank you for commenting. I understand that you like to get high, but please don’t disregard what you read in the article. Marijuana use is sinful. Christians should not be smoking it. You are feeling the effects of being high, but it’s not a spiritual closeness to God. It’s one thing to read God’s Word and it’s another thing to submit to it. I love you enough to tell you this. Please consider what His Word says regarding being brought unto another power.
Nah, you’re assumptions are a little too much, just a small amount is a very mild effect, you can’t even really call it intoxicated, it’s just an overall feeling of well being, happiness, ect. It does not drastically change your perception of things around you, the “chich and chong” squinty eye, uncontrollable laughter is a sterotype and is really only encountered during beginner usage. Regular usage builds a tolerance, so it’s effects become considerably milder if you’re using similar amounts, of course like any intoxicant you can get overload yourself and have too much and I think where it becomes sinful is when you are pursuing continuously a very strong high, most don’t, it’s just a relaxant, much like wine. A small toke is no different than a glass of wine or two. It’s all in your perspective.
Now onto worship of the Lord and Jesus while smoking marijuana, I have had powerful electrifying encounters with the Holy Spirit, both with and without marijuana, when I am reading or listening to the word of God, he often comes to me, no matter what, so I don’t think it’s a sin in the way I am using it. I do not worship marijuana, I buy it because it exists and I enjoy it. If it stopped existing, I would not be bothered as my life is so full of things, from my passions and hobbies, my job, my family, and most importantly my love for Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
Hope you are doing great brother Fritz!
Thank you for commenting. However, be honest. Did you read the article with an open mind? Or did you read it with a closed heart desiring to hold onto something that you love? Do you actually believe that every single point in this article was wrong or are you trying to find a way to move around them? It’s difficult for me to see from reading Scripture how marijuana is not sinful. Also, I would have to challenge you. If it is sinful, was that actually an encounter with the Holy Spirit or was it just you being high?
Hi I think it is ok to eat marijuana for medical usage but not to point you get high. It’s the same with wine as in small portions. It’s the same idea behind it as wine also alters mind just like marijuana.
The Bible teaches us to be sober minded.
It also says, “God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in Glory”. Additionally, it says,”God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of sound mind.” And, the Bible teaches us,”None shall come to the Father but by Jesus Christ.” Anyone who teaches submission to things of the world leading to Godliness is a liar and the truth is not in Him. There is no way the things of the world will lead us to Godliness. If any man says when tempted, He is tempted by God, He is a liar and the truth is not in him. Know this that the trying of your faith leads to patience.
Don’t be fooled for God shall not be mocked. God’s word will not return unto Him void but will accomplish what He decided for it to accomplish. He doesn’t need anything of in or of this world to draw us to Him or to have us to better understand Him and His word. Whenever Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan, He [Jesus Christ, Emanuel, who is God with us] used the word of God [Scripture] to support temptations presented by the enemy to sin. The Bible teaches us to Submit to God, resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Meaning we should seek Godliness through obedience to His word. No need to add anything to it. God’s grace is sufficient. Speak only the word in truth. In closing I say this scripture,”Study to show thyself approved unto God, a true workman, rightly (appropriately) dividing (utilizing) the word of truth.
Thank you Fritz. You presented this subject very well and backed it up with scripture. Pot is a sin and a gateway to further trouble! I know first hand and speak from experience. I praise the Lord for saving me and opening my eyes not only to this truth but to many other things including how Christians love to justify their sins so as to keep doing what they already know is wrong…they are only hurting themselves and more importantly not glorifying God with their lives, but rather are grieving/quenching the Holy Spirit. I can guarantee you that those who do justify their sins in any way, (I’ve done it myself), are being chastened by the Lord through some trial or tribulation in their life. However, sooner or later if that person is a true believer, they will humble themselves before the Lord through confession/repentance and start to walk in a manner worthy before Him. God loves us so much that He will never allow something like this to overcome and consume a Christian’s life. We are already over-comers and more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Also, the only type of ‘medical marijuana’ is the kind that has been refined and changed by removing the THC which allows for medicinal properties but removes the high. As I stated before, any Christian that says differently and continues in this worldly lifestyle is not only kidding themselves but hurting themselves and God through a hypocritical witness to this unbelieving world as well as to the body of Christ. Just think how it may confuse or stumble a more immature brother or sister in Christ through this behavior!
“God loves us so much that He will never allow something like this to overcome and consume a Christian’s life.”
Does this mean that my husband is not a true believer? Because he is and has been consumed/addicted to pot for over 4 years now. He has become abusive and his pot addiction is destroying our family.
I agree it is a sin. Sadly, Mid Valley Fellowship in Silverton, OR allows my husband to attend and even play on their worship team knowing full well that he is a pothead??
So… “pharmakeia”: We shouldn’t be taking OTC medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, etc. either? Does that mean we experience physical pain and infections and the like that we are to simply come closer to God in prayer and worship? Truly? If that’s the case, then my faith and relationship isn’t where it ought to be!
Pharmakeia is the use or the administering of drugs. The drugs that were used by pagans were mind altering drugs. Marijuana falls in this category. Also, there is a difference between medical and recreational use. There is nothing wrong with OTC medications used for their intended purposes.
Any substance used for mind altering purposes (as in recreational use) generally indicates it is alterating the natural functions within the body system. Same as for alcohol and nicotine and any other drugs. The purpose for why we ingest it is critical and using it/them for medicinal use is a different story. Medicines are all gained from what this earth supplies but medicines are all made to differing levels and for different reasons. There is no doubt that legalizing marijuana for any reason other than specially designed medicinal issues will result in abuse just as with alcohol, smoking, etc. It has been shown that marijuana and other drugs are a large part of crime and the health issues. ALL such things are sinning against God and therefore humanity. Mostly it is escapism from reality for one reason or another which is a real problem because problems cannot be solved like that . Neither is it judgemental to recognize the wrongs committed within society which indicate the problems we have are of spiritual nature being reflected in actions we take. We don’t put God first when under the influence of mind bending drugs.
Eating or smoking weed is just an excuse to get high
Of course smoking marijuana is a sin. I totally agree. It’s like most people want to give Jesus the minimum to still be called a Christian. That’s certainly not the message Jesus preached. A lot of people are going to be shocked on “that day”. Instead of hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant,” they will hear, “I never knew you.”
I too was at one time addicted to marijuana. Of course you can get addicted to it. It’s not physically additive like say heroin, but it definitely destroys life. I’ve seen it first hand. Jesus came to set us free from this kind of junk. Marijuana is totally on the devil’s kill-steal-destroy agenda.
Rick, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am struggling to quit weed and luckily I have a amazing God and spouse helping me through it but the problem with my smoking is I make bad decisions that are irresponsible, I almost lost my job . . . And I always want to sleep or eat. When I first started smoking I was reading God’s word but that slowly died only after a few times of smoking weed and I haven’t gone to church in forever and I dont go and see my family because I’m high . . All the things i use to stand for have fell away and that’s what weed does you dont care about anything and your job money and everything else will fall away too if you dont watch it. I like weed I wont deny it but it’s on the verge of destroying my life if I dont quit using it.
I completely agree , I idolized smoking weed. I was addicted to it for a really long time. BC I was going through a traumatic time and it was helping with my anxiety. I also felt like I was able to communicate with God. So as an atheist I saw nothing wrong with it and enjoyed it a lot but after being touched by the holy spirit I had been convicted and God showed me that I was twisting around scripture for my own liking to continue to live in sin. I really wasn’t ready to let go of it. But it is a sin and I had to. While high we are only giving the devil a chance to devour us because he likes to come at us whenever we are vulnerable. He wants us to think it’s fine so that he can kill steal and destroy our relationship with God. If you’re struggling with smoking weed I pray that Jesus will enlighten you the way he did for me. Amen.
I am a family practice doctor and have studied marijuana / THC fairly extensively.
I have looked at the top ten reasons that patients take marijuana for “medicinal reasons.” There are other non prescription remedies basically available for any health issue mentioned.
All non traumatic health issues can be addressed with other remedies and without the negative side effects. Trauma cannot be addressed in any way by marijuana / THC either?
THC is fat soluble and has a half-life of 30 days. Your brain is 60% fat due to the myelin wrapping around most of the nerves in the brain. It shuts down much of the brain. This is confirmed by functional brain scans.
Thank you Fritz Chery for writing and sharing this article with us.
I just wanted to thank you for this great article. I was struggling justifying if ingesting or smoking weed was sinful or not.
I used to smoke a lot in my early 20’s and just started back because of bad anxiety. However, after reading this and seeing how passionate you are in your view and your replies to others I believe I’m going to stop now.
I was wondering if you were going to address how he said we have been given every seed bearing plant as food so I’m very pleased that you did and the view you provided on that. Lately I have been doing the brownie approach but I see how that can still be viewed as intoxication which is sinful as you mentioned.
I really appreciate how you backed everything up with scripture. Just out of curiosity, what about the medication doctors prescribe for anxiety? How do you think God views that? Like most, I have been on Xanax a long time for that. I was just wondering your view on that end? I strive to please God as much as I can but I often fall short and was wondering if that is sinful as well?
Thanks again and God bless brother!
I really do appreciate your comment. Thank you for being open and I’m thrilled to hear how God has used this article in your life. I encourage you to keep on pursuing Christ. When it comes to anti-depressants or other mental health medicines, ultimately we should be praying and trusting in Christ. Nonetheless, we can praise the Lord because He has blessed us with doctors and medicine. Christians are able to take advantage of medicine prescribed by their doctors. However, we must be cautious when it comes to continual reliance upon anti-depressants as God is the true healer. Ultimately we should be praying, reading, and trusting in the Lord in hopes of coming off the anti-depressant medication. Thank you for stopping by and for being encouraging.
Amen! Through my experience God showed up and took away desires that I was bound too. I was a slave to them and Jesus came in and removed them. It’s about surrender and fully trusting Him in every area. Trust His word and believe that nothing is hard for The Lord.
Speaking from a purely medical standpoint Chris, smoking marijuana for anxiety only exacerbates the underlying problem, leading to severe rebound anxiety and eventually paranoia. In daily copious amounts, in predisposed individuals, it can cause psychosis, as well as leading to the manifestation of mental illness/es ( i.e. depression, GAD, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc..). I’m no doctor, but I’ve done my due diligence in research, as well as learned first hand (the hidden side effects of marijuana). I smoked on and off daily for 10 years to self medicate my issues (100% mentally and physically addicted)…and due to stress and other extrinsic factors, I developed psychosis last summer from smoking about a 1/4 OZ a day to myself. I’ve since quit (10 months or so ago) and now have been diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder, which I had never shown signs of before previously. The stuff will definitely alter your brains chemistry. It’s really not worth it. Futhermore, Xanax is honestly worse in my opinion, albeit a legal treatment when prescribed, and if that pill isn’t the devil, I dont know what is. It’s a very potent double edged sword. Alcohol and benzodiazepines (xanax’s drug class) are some of the few drugs that you can die from due to withdrawals. Pray and stick to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) man. I was here reading another article on scriptures pertaining to mental illness and wound up here on pure curiosity. I hope someone reads this and realizes it’s not as safe as harmless and helpful as it seems. Hope everyone is doing well during this difficult time. Take care and God bless
Thank you for this reply. I’ve been smoking for over 13 years now. Thought I can escape the daily stressors and also used to forget about the current situations of the world. I feel what you just expressed in your reply to be correct. I feel it has been altering my brain. I dont feel right. Cant explain it. I just decided to quit smoking marijuana today. My intuition told me to do this.
I have been smoking for 3 years and I am having a hard time with it. It is definitely a mind altering drug. I try and do my Bible study ever night and literally on the nights I would smoke, I would slack off. Say a little prayer and attempt to sleep. Without it I would turn on my gospel music, pray for understanding, sing a song or two, read my chapter and then study what I read. This usually takes two hours sometimes. I noticed in my daily life if I do smoke I am more isolated, dark, constantly having sexual masturbation urges, heavy anxiety and all around down in a way. I am what you would call a high functioning weed smoker, I managed stores, had my own business, drive and had the most intellectual conversations. It had it challenges at times because all highs aren’t always the same. I don’t know if I back pedal due to withdrawal or what, but I am trying. It doesnt feel right anymore, especially now that I am noticing the difference in myself and so into my bible study now. I purchased CBD oil 5000mg and that really isn’t mind altering, matter of fact you can use a drop after you smoke , and the high will go away. You feel up lifted and it does not alter the mind. My spirit led me to search if this was biblically wrong and I am pleased I found this site. The information was nice but it’s really the comments of others. I am seeing now that if I want to be a true believer in christ I need to turn from that sin, among others. I feel dirty almost because I was doing so good but gave in.
Hey! I just wanted to say thank you brother for this article!! It’s been just a huge blessing reading it. I am 100% against this stuff. Now I feel I can stand up against this issue even better. I have a friend who was smoking tobacco and I was desiring to back away from her. But then I thought instead of judging her let me pray for her that the Lord would convict her of smoking. And now she’s no longer smoking tobacco glory to God! But she’s still sadly smoking weed. But I know the Lord will continue opening her eyes.
Pray for me Maria. I’ve been a smoker of cigarettes as well as marijuana for over 13 years. Just decided to quit marijuana today. The cigarettes is difficult for me to stop. Pray for me.
I will pray for you, Maria. I am just making the same decision today. Please pray for me as well. I have been smoking pot for over 45 years. It is time to quit. I will keep you in my prayers. Please keep me in yours. God, be with you, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
I grew up in an all Christian family and I never believed in God but now I smoke every day and I’m more connected to God then I ever was. Yes weed does affect your body just like alcohol does and cigarettes. But I do think it’s better that I smoke everyday before work or school. I do everything well. I have a good job that I’m getting promoted in and I graduate in 3 days i don’t think weed increases anxiety. It decreases it if you are paranoid that you’ll die from a joint or whatever that’s what you think. Weed opens my mind to see things clearly.
I appreciate your comment and I’m thankful you believe in God now. However, you now believing in the existence of God does not have to do with smoking weed more. Marijuana can give you a euphoric feeling while you’re high. However, that does not mean that there is a connection with God. Once again, I’m thankful that you are doing well at school and work, but that does not mean that God is OK with marijuana use. I encourage you to really search God’s Word and be honest with yourself. How does it stand up against God’s Word?
Thank you for the clarity, I pray this is the last day I ever smoke in Jesus Christ name Amen!
I pray for you Jake. I just decided to quit smoking marijuana today. Jake, I woke up this morning and my intuition told me to stop. I feel that there are really hidden side effects of smoking pot. I can feel it. Pray me as well Jake because I’m a cigarette smoker as well.
As far as smoking weed and being or getting spiritually closer to God, that’s not going to happen. I’ve tried smoking and reading God’s Word and at times felt enlightened, however, it was/is a counterfeit enlightenment. No way to justify it at all. The Holy Spirit gets us closer to God and brings things to light, not weed. I’ve tried justifying it for 40 years. I would even be convicted enough to throw it out…then like a dog, I’d return to “my vomit”. It is an idol. It ruins the temple of God physically and mentally and Spiritually. It absolutely crowds out the Holy Spirit. A house divided can not stand. Sin is sin as far as God is concerned, but it alters your being and your reasoning and makes it easier to justify other sin. I tried to read the Word while “straight” then get high later. It didn’t work for me. When I’d be reading in the Word while “straight”, it was in the back of my mind…my jar of weed, in the back of the closet…my idol…me trying to justify getting high, making provisions for the flesh.
Exactly how I feel! Thank you for this reply. I’ll pray for us.
I would throw mine out too….and last 4 or 5 days and then call the guy up and get more. I did this like 5 or 6 times in a row. Spend 40 or 50, smoke a tiny bit…and then throw out the rest. The one thing I haven’t done is pray for help…and another is I knew better than to swear to GOD I was quitting…because its better to make no vow than to make a vow and not keep it. Ive done it for 40 yrs…and its not easy. The thing is…even before becoming a Christian 2 yrs ago I never said “lets get high”…or smoked it to get high….or for anxiety…frankly…I don’t know why I do…it has to be addictive if you do something for no reason. Thats how I tricked myself when I became a Christian…I would smoke and say…”well….my INTENT isn’t to get high…so…is it a sin?”
Im sitting here right now wrestling with calling the guy up…this isn’t easy.
Bro when I was reading this I felt like your words formed a reflection of myself and it was like it was me talking to myself the only thing that sounded different was when you said you’ve smoked medical weed lol
God warned me in so many ways about weed but my stubbornness made it an idol just like 1st samuel 16:23 and it cost a lot.
Thank you for this blog ,I pray God will bless you and give you more grace
In Jesus name
I know marijuana from my younger days. I rather smoke from a four finger plastic bag in a pipe than use papers. I had a ‘chamber dope’ pipe back in the 70s Era. The resin on the marijuana from the constant ‘smoking’ pot had given my brother Jim a buzz too. I had smoked with a few neighbors back in my time. I was raised a Roman Catholic but in 1983 became a ‘Born Again’ Christian. I struggled with the idea of quitting tobacco as in smoking cigarettes but never smoked more than ten cigarettes a day. I quit the marijuana in 1981 and tobacco in 1995 permanently. The truth is, I didn’t smoke cigarettes as in tobacco all of my life as my Dad passed away at age 64 from Stage 4 cancer. He was a heavy tobacco smoker; loved beers, drank wine at times but held down a mail carrier route for 33 years. Two years he had spent US Army 51 – 53. My Dad tried many times to quit or simply cutback on his cigarettes. He told me as a boy that he used to pick up cigarettes off of the street when he was 7 years old! I drank heavy in my teens and early twenties. I started up drinking heavy in the 21ST. Century. I have over nine years of sobriety from all BOOZE! I would QUIT during the year but holidays I had gotten drunk. What saved me? My faith in Jesus Christ. I read my Bible daily. I know beer is a brawler & wine a mocker. Booze can create violence & usually cops show up. The cops might not arrest an affectionate drunk unless he’s driving a vehicle; steps off the curb, tries to get overly friendly with the cops then get charged with public (swaying) drunkenness! My Dad got serious drunk when I was a kid but told the two cops at the beginning of the asphalt driveway on our property that the cops can’t touch him but Dad lost his footing on the curb & fell into their hands on the public street. Romans 13 is good to keep in MIND so long as our government DOESN’T violate our Bill of Rights under the US Constitution. Thank you for sharing the truth about drugs. I want to serve GOD not Satan!
I read what you had written above but noticed one typo… you had your chamber dope pipe but you preferred the pipe rather THAN (not that) papers. I preferred ZigZags as in papers. I like the canary yellow papers that I had believed to be known as wheat straw. I would get teased using the papers but did use the white ZigZag papers too. I saw a word on my smartphone that had shown a substitute word: wheatgrass. I read some of the comments but aren’t we as Christians suppose to be sensible and sober because we never know that hour will come and Jesus will return. I rather be sober and alert. I can’t ever imagine getting stoned or drunk again. Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings. Marijuana and tobacco can be difficult habits to break. I’ll pray for you if you’re struggling with bad habits.
This article is amazing. Thank you Fitz. I recently quit weed, I too made excuses and had a closed mind about my addiction, because in this WORLD today ‘legalising marijuana’ has really clouded many people’s vision.
As I’ve learned, everything in moderation, the issue with weed is when you become DEPENDENT on it, yes it’s not as bad as alcoholism however, being dependent on ANYTHING OTHER than GOD is the issue.
I convinced myself for years that i couldn’t sleep without weed, haha. Instead what I should’ve been saying is I’ll do anything to let me avoid a closer relationship with God. When the evenings used to come I would look forward to my bedtime spliff and chill, now I look forward to connecting with God – e.g. being on this website, if I was still getting high I would’ve been high, eating munchies, and watching a show. Instead I am here, worship music in the background and I look forward to a sound sleep.
May god bless you for this article and like we are taught in Proverbs; only fools lack understanding and wisdom. I am glad that I am no longer a fool.
Glory to God. Bless you.
Great article. I came to your article just by watching School Of Prophets on YouTube and the guy who runs the page said how smoking is a sin. When we inhale anything into the lungs that our breathe of life goes through, it’s a message to God. Knowing this information made me stop smoking completely. As on 8/25/20 I have given my life to God. I am 24 and like many young people , I got into the trend and the recreational use. I started having memory loss , health issues , and teeth decay. I hated the build up my teeth would get after smoking and that’s was rare for me bc my teeth was prefect before I started smoking. Weed has MANY disadvantages like any other drug and I hope more people wake up to this “common” sin the devil has deceived us with.
I grew up in a Christian family, I only smoked weed so I can go to sleep or when I have bad anxiety and (when I had depression). When I was depressed, I’d be starving myself so I smoked. I’m so used to eating.. even when Being sober, Weed makes me relaxed/happy , no longer have bad thoughts, no longer depressed. I know I’m not addicted to weed because I can’t go months/years without smoking. I really want to get know god but I don’t know how to.
Thank you for your honesty. I encourage you to consider, have you put your trust in Christ alone for salvation. Christ has made a way for you to be right with God. He removed the sin barrier that stood before you and God by taking your place on the cross. I encourage you to consider the love of God revealed through the cross of Christ and see how everything else is rubbish in comparison to the gospel. I would encourage you to find good Christian accountability and counselors in your area to help you to understand the gospel more, and also to help you with your struggle with marijuana. Will be praying as well.
HALLELUYAH! All Glory to God, I used to Take Tramadol of Different Doses and later I started smoking Weed and Cigarettes. It affected my Education, Work, Relationship, family… I also had a Case of Schizophrenia. It was God that brought me back from that state.. Funny thing was that … In that state I was preaching and Quoting the Bible Rightly but my Fam told me I wasn’t normal. I have gone back to Smoking Cigarette, Taking Weed and Using Tramadol. This Post made me realize it’s a sin but It’s Only God that Can Save me through his Holy Spirit.
Hi Fritz. I agree with everything you are saying. I started smoking weed when I was 11. I am now 57. I smoked pot last night. Always rationalizing it away. About 6 or 7 months ago, I began recommitting myself to the Lord, but continued to smoke. I was asking Him daily, “why can’t I connect with You like I once did?” This morning, I woke out of a sound sleep and began binding and rebuking the spirit of addiction, in the Name of Jesus. I look back and marijuana has been the source of so much grief in my life. I used to think it brought me closer to God, but, thankfully, through His Mercy and Grace, He has revealed this truth to me. It is why I started searching marijuana and sin and I saw your article. So, today, hopefully, prayerfully, I am going to try and refrain from marijuana use. I will literally have to take it one day at a time. Thank you for this Scripture-based article. Please pray for me, I want deliverance. It is funny (or sad), that, as I look back, contemplating the damage my marijuana use has caused in my life, I am asking myself why I did not see it sooner. Actually, I did. I always knew I had to quit at some point, but, kept on putting it off, even amidst this pandemic and everything else going on in the world. It has affected my relationship with others, with myself and, most importantly, with God. It has cost me huge sums of money, job performance, and self-esteem, even the way I esteem others. I now realize it is a sin, a very subtle liar. Thanks for your article. Please pray for me. God Bless you.
Thank you so much Fritz for such insights. Though weed comes from the soil, I really think it falls under “(any) fruit from the tree of knowledge”, clearly when we smoke; a certain level of reasoning deepens and we tend to use that as a scapegoat for us wanting to be God. Weed can really make you feel sad happy, completely altering our thoughts. I have to admit, from your article smoking is indeed a sin. And to a greater extent cigarettes are not nourishing at all.
Thank you once again, I really have to stop smoking.
I would definitely agree weed is a sin, I’ve been struggling for a long time to quit and I fall back when I get weak. I constantly ask Jesus to help me break my habit and I’ve made a lot of progress lately. As a born again Christian I can confidently say it’s a sin no matter which way you twist it. When I’m sober I want to be high but when I’m high I wish I was sober. I feel in my spirit that is displeases him and I repent constantly for my slip ups. I’ve been working as hard as I can to break this nasty habit for good because it has no place in a born again Christian life. Send some prayers my way please.
Can Christians smoke weed? No, and yes smoking pot is indeed a sin. These new generation of professing Christians does not care for God's Word. They will make