386) in nightly revelations from immortals, and Needham proposed Yang was "aided almost certainly by cannabis".The Mingyi bielu 名醫別錄 ("Supplementary Records of Famous Physicians"), written by the Taoist pharmacologist Tao Hongjing (456-536), who also wrote the first commentaries to the Shangqing canon, says, "Hemp-seeds (麻勃) are very little used in medicine, but the magician-technicians (shujia 術家) say that if one consumes them with ginseng it will give one preternatural knowledge of events in the future." A 6th-century AD Taoist medical work, the Wuzangjing 五臟經 ("Five Viscera Classic") says, "If you wish to command demonic apparitions to present themselves you should constantly eat the inflorescences of the hemp plant." Joseph Needham connected myths about Magu, "the Hemp Damsel", with early Daoist religious usages of cannabis, pointing out that Magu was goddess of Shandong's sacred Mount Tai, where cannabis "was supposed to be gathered on the seventh day of the seventh month, a day of seance banquets in the Taoist communities." Other religions have been founded in the past century that treat cannabis as a sacrament.Supporters of this view generally cite biblical passages enjoining respect for one's body as well as forbidding intoxication.
In Hinduism, wise drinking of bhang (which contains cannabis), according to religious rites, is believed to cleanse sins, unite one with Shiva and avoid the miseries of hell in the future life. In contrast, foolish drinking of bhang without rites is considered a sin.
Some modern Islamic leaders state that medical cannabis, but not recreational, is permissible in Islam.
Alcohol consumeth the mind and causeth man to commit acts of absurdity, but this opium, this foul fruit of the infernal tree, and this wicked hashish extinguish the mind, freeze the spirit, petrify the soul, waste the body and leave man frustrated and lost.
In Buddhism, the Fifth Precept is frequently interpreted to mean "refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to heedlessness", although in some direct translations, the Fifth Precept refers specifically to alcohol.
It is not known when Rastafari first claimed cannabis to be sacred, but it is clear that by the late 1940s Rastafari was associated with cannabis smoking at the Pinnacle community of Leonard Howell.
Rastafari see cannabis as a sacramental and deeply beneficial plant that is the Tree of Life mentioned in the Bible. the herb is the healing of the nations." The use of cannabis, and particularly of long-stemmed water-pipes called chalices, is an integral part of what Rastafari call "reasoning sessions" where members join together to discuss life according to the Rasta perspective.Another account suggests that the cannabis plant sprang up when a drop of the elixir dropped on the ground.Thus, cannabis is used by sages due to association with elixir and Shiva.Regarding hashish you have pointed out that some Persians have become habituated to its use. This is the worst of all intoxicants, and its prohibition is explicitly revealed.Its use causeth the disintegration of thought and the complete torpor of the soul.They see the use of cannabis as bringing them closer to God (Jah), allowing the user to penetrate the truth of things more clearly.