Weed and Christians… What does the Bible say?

Hello April 20th… Yes, your church just posted about 4/20, aka Weed Day.

How should Christians respond to weed/marijuana/cannabis?
In the Apostle Peter’s first letter to the Christian Church he says Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). No one can deny that the effects of THC in weed alter a consumer’s decision making skills. Judgement becomes clearly impaired, users become giddy, overcome with hunger, light headed, tingly and relaxed as dopamine is released in the brain. The results are typically childlike behavior from adults.
So what do Peter’s words have to do with weed? When we allow ourselves to lose control over our mental faculties for a high, we compromise our ability to live alert and aware of the potential pitfalls around us. We are left in a compromised position, potentially engaging in behaviors with regrettable repercussions or shame. There are plenty of warnings in the Bible about being ready at all times to make wise decisions, take thoughtful approaches, recall scripture to overcome temptation or for the encouragement of others, and to be capable of giving a reasonable answer to others about our faith. How can we do these things if we are experiencing a high that alters our mindset and instead leaves us unprepared?

What about medical marijuana?

There are approximately 500 chemicals in cannabis that work together to create the high that a user feels. The two most prominent are THC and CBD. THC is mostly responsible for the high, while CBD actually has a more medicinal effect, cooling overactive electrical systems in the brain. This is why strains of cannabis that are high in CBD are effective for those who suffer seizures and various nervous system disorders. Anxiety is also often remedied by the use of medical marijuana. But the problem comes in when users don’t actually need it or don’t need as much as they are consuming. As with anything, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Self control is essential whether it’s alternative or traditional forms of medicine we are using.

What’s the point of all this?

We simply want to help you make wiser decisions. Decisions that lead you closer to the God who created you. Don’t live for the temporary experiences of substances in this world, but live for the one who created you —and do so with a clear head which will lead you to an eternal experience this world only wishes it could match.

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