Cannabis is one of humanity’s oldest cultivated plants. Hinduism is one of humanity’s oldest religions. No surprise, they have a history together.
1. The Hindu scripture called the Rig Veda, which dates to around 1500 BCE [that's 3,500 years ago], states “Drug plants preceded even the gods by three ages.” Hemp is in the world ahead of God — think about that, even if you don’t believe in God as such. Hemp precedes God?
2. God spilled a drop of nectar on the earth — from that spot the cannabis hemp plant sprouted. As a moments reflection might revel, evidently God has a green thumb.
3. Hindu’s believe that Lord Shiva, one aspect of God, sought refuge from the sun in the shade of a tall hemp plant. He tasted the leaves of the plant and was refreshed. A drink known as “bhang” is made from cannabis hemp. One of the names of Lord Shiva is the “Lord of Bhang.”
4. The fourth book of the Vedas, the Hindu scripture, which dates to around 1400 BCE, calls hemp one of the “five kingdom of herbs . . . which release anxiety.” Yes, it does.
Last week’s column on hemp was “The Amazing Hemp Stalk.” Find it HERE.