Cannabis and spirituality go hand in hand in various “primitive” civilizations around the planet. It was a healthy combination, literally and figuratively.
Considered the source of happiness, the elixir of life, and the reliever of suffering, ancient cultures saw the profound value of this one plant such that they incorporated it into their rituals that were passed on to generations.
Buddhists are claiming Buddha subsisted on hemp seeds for six years, while the Tantrics in India and Tibet use it for enhancing deep meditation and expanding awareness, an easy way to connect to the infinite wisdom of the Universe.
But the party abruptly ended when the desire to hurt the body gained prominence with profit oriented modern medicine. They cloaked their cannabis suppression under the guise of prohibition in 1930s, for the purpose of “keeping everyone healthy while stopping crimes that were associated with its use” by the willing participation of the independent media. And that’s just the beginning of what could be one of the biggest corporate-government anti-people collusions of the last century.
The truth of the matter is: hemp, or marijuana, is not harmful to the human body and mind. In fact, it could even be beneficial to the brain. It’s not even as addictive as the legal alcohol and cigarettes. The US Patent 6630507 issued by, and for, the United States of America can prove that,
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.” – Google Patent
So, when these “Sisters of the Valley” started growing, cooking and sniffing their greenly herbs, they are well within their right and sanity as daughters of Nature to glorify the only plant than can do it all, i.e. save trees, bring down oil, chemical, pharmaceutical and tobacco companies, and even a quick trip to Shangri-La.
Holy toke: Weed-growing ‘nuns’ defy California town’s cannabis cultivation ban
“California town’s crackdown on cannabis commerce is no match for two weed-growing ‘nuns’ who say their herb heals, and that the rules do not apply to them.
Despite a ban on cannabis cultivation in the town of Mercad, the Sisters of the Valley ‘nuns’ continue to grow their plants.
“This ban does not apply to us and so we’ve been operating straight through it,” they told RT.
Sister Darcey and Sister Kate have been growing marijuana and creating cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products for three years.
They claim their marijuana has low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gives the ‘high’ effect associated with marijuana.
“Our medicine is medicine, and it is non-psychoactive,” they explained. “We’re dealing with what is actually hemp but really we advocate for whole plant legalization.”
However, the ‘nuns’ are not the traditionally religious kind but rather ‘spiritual’.
They follow their own ‘holy trinity’ which includes honoring mother earth, honoring the people through making medicine and healing, and their progressive activism.
The nuns dedicate a portion of their week to “the good fight” for the poor people around them.
Vendono prodotti a base di Cannabis, sono le "Sisters of the Valley" ultima follia del business californiano: TOP pic.twitter.com/XeU6ZUmPGG
— Federica De Lorenzi (@federicainrome) June 1, 2016
The Sisters of the Valley’s CBD salve was designed to provide arthritis pain relief, but users report it prevents migraines, toothaches and earaches.
The sisters say a prayer over each bottle before it is sent to customers, but the holy salve doesn’t come cheap, at $95 for eight ounces, and the CBD oil costs $85 for two ounces.
Sister Kate told ABC that she makes about $1,000 a day, but that she works legally with banks.
In states where medical marijuana is legal, there has been a 25 percent drop in painkiller related deaths, according to a 2015 study by University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins researchers in JAMA Internal Medicine journal.
So, if you are residing in a town where hemp is still being outlawed, be creative and harness your organization skills. Organize your own religious sect, with tithes and all, buy a piece of and start growing hemp, and in 90 days, your world, and the health of your members, will never be the same again.