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Cannabis is taken from the Cannabis plant & has medicinal properties. It has been used since time immemorial in religious & spiritual rites.
Under normal conditions it is illegal to sell, transport, cultivate or possess Marijuana as it is widely, accepted as a drug, in India.
Other Marijuana products, used as part of conventional Hindu life for invigoration include substances like
“Charas & Ganja” which are smoked & eaten. While Ganja is a substance prepared from flowering marijuana plants, Charas is prepared from the apex of Cannabis flowers, which are in full bloom.
All these are part of many rites & ceremonies besides being necessary for survival. Their medicinal value is said to assist in Sadhana or meditative practice, by enabling the yogis to overcome the miseries of the body & enter a state of trance. In the extreme climatic conditions of the mountainous regions, marijuana products help calm the nerves, in the biting cold. The mighty Shiva has thus been invoked on many an occasion, be it wedding ceremonies, prayers before battles or for spiritual advancement, with this holy herb.
One can thus conclusively say that Shiva does consume Marijuana in various forms, however, he does so purely to weather the climatic extremities of the mountains & to assist in his spiritual advancement; For such mighty a being as Shiva, who was capable of drinking all of ‘Halahal’ (the most potent poison, churned out of the cosmic ocean along with the Amrita) such consumption is of little consequence. Misuse of the substance, by ordinary mortals, to escape their duties under the guise of following Shiva, is viewed as incorrect & against the laws of righteous conduct.
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