Today I’m gonna speak about the topic of Cannabis and if it’s a sin to be using it? Disclaimer-REMEMBER THIS IS MY INFORMED OPINION AND YOU MUST CHOOSE FOR YOURSELF WHAT TO DO!!
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Marijuana/Cannabis is it a sin?
Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.
The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.
You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:
* Protection of Corporate Profits
* Yellow Journalism
* Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators
* Personal Career Advancement and Greed
These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.
The rest is my informed opinion ALONE you must make up your own mind as a believer in Christ as scripture says.
Romans 14:1 (NASB) 1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.
Romans 14:2 (NASB) 2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.
Romans 14:3 (NASB) 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.
Romans 14:4 (NASB) 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:5 (NASB) 5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.
Romans 14:6 (NASB) 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
Romans 14:7 (NASB) 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
Romans 14:8 (NASB) 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
Romans 14:9 (NASB) 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Romans 14:10 (NASB) 10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Romans 14:11 (NASB) 11 For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”
Romans 14:12 (NASB) 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:13 (NASB) 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this–not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
Romans 14:14 (NASB) 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Romans 14:15 (NASB) 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
Romans 14:16 (NASB) 16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;
Romans 14:17 (NASB) 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:18 (NASB) 18 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Romans 14:19 (NASB) 19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Romans 14:20 (NASB) 20 Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.
Romans 14:21 (NASB) 21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
Romans 14:22 (NASB) 22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
Romans 14:23 (NASB) 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
I know the bible tells us to be rendered as “sober” in the English and we automatically think of a certain idea of what sober means that we’ve learned growing up.
Here’s the Greek word I found for it and what it means and the contexts it’s used in
Part of Speech: verb
Root Word (Etymology): of uncertain affinity
Outline of Biblical Usage:
1. to be sober, to be calm and collected in spirit
2. to be temperate, dispassionate, circumspect
KJV Translation Count:
be sober 4, watch 2
Strong’s Definitions: νήφω nḗphō, nay’-fo; of uncertain affinity; to abstain from wine (keep sober), i.e. (figuratively) be discreet:—be sober, watch.
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. G3525
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, G3525 having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
But you, be sober G3525 in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep G3525sober G3525 in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober G3525 spirit for the purpose of prayer.
Be of sober G3525 spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Most who have never smoked or eaten marijuana ,because there are a variety of ways to use the benefits of this plant. Have a biased towards it especially if they’ve grown up in the church it’s labeled a sin and that’s that. Remember I grew up in church but later on informed myself on this and some of the “illegal” substances declared by our own federal government marijuana by far does not deserve to be up there.
Here is a little excerpt from the dea website
Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence. As the drug schedule changes– Schedule II, Schedule III, etc., so does the abuse potential– Schedule V drugs represents the least potential for abuse. A Listing of drugs and their schedule are located at Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling or CSA Scheduling by Alphabetical Order. These lists describes the basic or parent chemical and do not necessarily describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be classified as controlled substances. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances.
Please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution. A controlled substance analogue is a substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to or is represented as being similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II substance and is not an approved medication in the United States. (See 21 U.S.C. §802(32)(A) for the definition of a controlled substance analogue and 21 U.S.C. §813 for the schedule.)
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote
Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:
Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are:
Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are:
Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, Tramadol
Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are:
cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin
Hmm so this seems suspect already all these drugs are man made yet much more “safe” according to the FDA and if you trust them that’s cool but man that is far from the actual truth. Ask anyone who has smoked or used cannabis. It’s wonderful they would easily quit drinking and only smoke,not to mention for some it would keep them from cigarettes as well. Granted there is the possibility to get “very high” and barely be able to function. And I mean function as in getting extremely sleepy and forgetting things you have in short term memory. Let me get you all some stats on the pros and cons of what it does to the body and how it affects the brain. I actually know from experience what it does and I will not be biased against what the science says about it. No need to lie but let’s inform each other. It’s a far better alternative to the pharmaceutical sorcery that we use today.
This info is from
Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It has an active ingredient called THC that makes you feel high. THC and other compounds in marijuana can also affect the way your body works.
Most people smoke the plant’s dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. But marijuana can also be mixed into food (like brownies, cookies, and lollipops), brewed as a tea, or inhaled with a vaporizer.
No matter how it gets into your system, it affects almost every organ in your body, and your nervous system and immune system, too. When you smoke pot, your body absorbs THC right away. (If you eat a baked good or another item, it may take much longer for your body to absorb THC, because it has to break down in your stomach before it enters your bloodstream). You may notice changes in your body right after you smoke. The effects usually stop after 3 or 4 hours.
Smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours. That’s why some people have a heart attack right after they use marijuana. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, and affect your blood sugar, too.
We don’t yet know if marijuana is linked to higher odds of getting lung cancer. But the process does irritate your lungs — which is why regular pot smokers are more likely to have an ongoing cough and to have lung-related health problems like chest colds and lung infections.
* Shallow breathing
* Red eyes and dilated pupils
* Dry mouth
* Increased appetite
* Slowed reaction time (If you drive after using marijuana, your risk of being in a car accident more than doubles.)
If you’re a long-time user, you can have physical withdrawal symptoms — like cravings, irritability, sleeplessness, and less appetite — when you stop.
Changes to Mind and Mood
Most people use marijuana because the high makes them feel happy, relaxed, or detached from reality.
Smoking pot can also have less-pleasant effects on your mind and mood, too. You might have:
* A distorted sense of time
* Random thinking
* Short-term forgetfulness
These effects usually ease up a few hours after you’ve used the drug.
Risks of marijuana use
Though you may have heard otherwise, marijuana can be addictive: Nearly 10% of people who use it become dependent on it. It isn’t clear whether marijuana is a gateway drug that makes people more likely to try harder drugs like cocaine and heroin.
The amount of THC in marijuana has gone up in recent years. Most leaves used to contain between 1% and 4% THC. Now most have closer to 7%. Experts worry this might make it easier to become dependent on or addicted to marijuana — and it also strengthens many of the drug’s mind-altering effects.
Even if you buy from a legal, state-regulated dispensary, it can be hard to know exactly how much THC or other compounds found in marijuana you’re ingesting, so the effects can be unpredictable.
Marijuana can also cause more health problems if you have a condition like liver disease, low blood pressure, or diabetes.
If you’re a man, heavy use could lower your testosteronelevels, and your sperm count and quality. That, in turn, can zap your libido and fertility.
Research shows a link between marijuana use and mental health problems like depression, anxiety, suicidalthoughts, short-term psychosis, and schizophrenia. While it’s not clear if marijuana causes these conditions, it can make them worse.
Now that you know what the government has said on the matter let’s take a look at the pros and cons from actually physicians who deal with the stuff daily and you decide if it’s still bad or wrong.
Im only going to read off a few of these pros and cons and let you decide it’s all about choice. Remember that in some states it is still illegal and some it has been decriminalized. It’s up to you to look up in your individual states the laws. As Christians we are supposed to obey the law as stated in the scripture.
Romans 13:1 (NASB) 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Romans 13:2 (NASB) 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
Romans 13:3 (NASB) 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
Romans 13:4 (NASB) 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Romans 13:5 (NASB) 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
Romans 13:6 (NASB) 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
Romans 13:7 (NASB) 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
Romans 13:8 (NASB) 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
So if you plan on using this just like any pharmaceutical make sure it’s under the proper authorities and right uses. If it bothers you still after informing yourself then simply don’t do it. Personally I don’t see a problem with it but if it ever keeps you from God and becomes a self centered thing then you have a problem. Always examine yourself. Are you using it to the point of not paying your bills and forgetting your responsibility? Then it has become a sin. Always seek to be blameless as scripture says. Just always be mindful of where and when you use it and just like anything also don’t get drunk on it meaning getting super stoned. Do not let anything control you but you control IT!
As with Anything in this life take a step back and see if it controls you or you have control over it. We must always act in love that’s the core truth we should follow. Sometimes it’s harder than other times to see but in the end pray about it and if you are okay with it give thanks also because God created all green things on this earth. Hope this informed you a bit and God be with you all.