- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Park Street Press (December 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620555832
- ISBN-13: 978-1620555835
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“With a stellar cast of expert contributors, Cannabis and Spirituality is a page-turning anthology of beautifully written essays, overflowing with fascinating historical facts, rare botanical knowledge, and sacred shamanic wisdom about everyone’s favorite herbal ally.” (David Jay Brown, author of Dreaming Wide Awake)
“This book provides readers with an empowering approach to healing themselves and their relationship with the greater web of life by describing ethnobotanical, spiritual, and medical uses of this important plant.” (Erica L. Wohldmann, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge)
“By describing cannabis’s entheogenic uses in Cannabis and Spirituality, Gray and his coauthors establish cannabis’s important role in the Entheogen Reformation--religion’s current movement--from being based on sacred words and texts to being based on personal spiritual experience.” (Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Future of the Mind)
“At its bottom line, this book embodies a highly passionate cognitive liberty/religious freedom perspective that will be persuasive, even to nonusers of cannabis--or nonbelievers. This is an informative, compelling, timely volume.” (Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., author of Psychedelic Healing)
“WARNING: Reading this book will forever change your opinion of cannabis and your relationship with it. Like too many of us, I had underrated cannabis’s spiritual effectiveness. No more! This wonderful, often lyrical, immensely practical book introduces you to its diverse spiritual uses, contemporary practices, and the possible results when you honor and respect the plant, the plant’s spirit, and yourself.” (James Fadiman, Ph.D., microdose researcher and author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide)
“The contributors to this volume point to the ancient pedigree of cannabis as a plant substance that assists the work of shamans and spiritual healers and deepens our connection with the higher dimensions of reality and their creative expressions. This is an excellent addition to the literature on the many positive aspects of this sacred medicine plant.” (Ralph Metzner, author of The Unfolding Self)
“Cannabis has a long history as a sacrament used to mediate our relationship with the sacred. This book reminds us of this great power plant and how best to take advantage of it!” (Jason Silva, Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic’s hit TV series Brain Games)
“Humans have fashioned a relationship with cannabis for many thousands of years, whether medical, recreational, or addictive. This volume offers a succinct yet broad survey of a fascinating aspect of that relationship, people’s eternal quest for transcendence.” (Gabor Maté, M.D., author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts)
“The ideas explored in this book are an important step forward in our societies’ evolving understanding of currently illegal drugs.” (Mark Haden, adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public)
“Marijuana has undergone a mass resurgence in the past decade, as legal restrictions are relaxed and the plant’s medical benefits are demonstrated. This book provides a deeper context, examining cannabis’s value for spiritual exploration and creativity. I hope it inspires a new consciousness in how we approach and make use of it.” (Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head)
“Inspirational, informational, and insightful, Cannabis and Spirituality more than accomplishes its mission of helping cannabis take its rightful place as one of our wisest and most honored plant spirit allies.” (Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook)
“Gray offers a cogent case for cannabis as a spirit medicine and provides food for thought, perhaps best considered over a bhang lassi or a pipe of good hashish.” (Chris Kilham, author of The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook and The Five Tibetans)
About the Author
Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. The author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as a part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally is a landmark book in documenting an important trend in our emerging culture. I’m not referring to the drug culture, whether involving LSD or opioids, but to the emerging spiritual relationship to our ecosystem.
I’m not familiar with the editor, Stephen Gray. But the back of the book mentions one of his previous books, Return to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality. It’s title certainly confirms my sense of his intention in creating this new book on cannabis, which speaks directly to that theme.
The book is a collection of essays and stories by folks who have a spiritual relationship with cannabis. If your image of cannabis consumption is to imagine some unkempt slackers giggling together, you’ve got a whole new world of impressions to register. Imagine instead being in a church, taking communion by eating of the body of your god and drinking its blood—no! I mean, inhaling some fragrant mist then sitting back to commune with the greater consciousness.
I’ve been struck dumb impressed by the development of the “Daime” movement in Brazil. When the group partakes of their sacred vine, Ayahuasca, it is for the purpose of bringing in light and healing the world, so they call a session “a work,” rather than “a party.” This orientation toward higher consciousness service, rather than simply getting “high” has had significant influence on the cannabis scene, as the Daime church respects “Santa Maria” as a healing ally.
Speaking of Santa Maria, experiencing the personhood of the spirit within the plant is also a big theme in many of the chapters. Learning to communicate with other species has been one of my interests and I’ve been pleased with what I’ve been able to learn about the process from these accounts. Relationship ideals rather than personal goals seems to be a key teaching.
It’s interesting that such valuable teachings arrive in a package that stirs so much controversy. What is the archetypal pull of the manger?
I was amazed to find out about the sacramental use of cannabis around the globe and throughout history.
It helped brake down some of my prejudices and fears I acquired through my cultural conditioning.
Also, it lead to interesting conversations with my friends.