What Does The Bible Say About Smoking Weed?

Regardless of what people say, should Christians smoke weed? Is smoking weed a sin? How much is too much? Let us now hear what the Bible says about smoking weed.

What Does The Bible Say About Smoking Weed

Weeds are tobacco products, also known as “marijuana,” which are the psychoactive dried resinous flower buds and leaves of the female hemp or cannabis plant that contain high levels of THC and are smoked, vaped, or ingested (as in baked goods) especially for their intoxicating effect.

Although most people claim to use it for medicinal purposes, weeds have proven to be more addictive and destructive to the human body than it is helpful.

Today, we will look into God’s word, the highest authority for our living, to see God’s stance on this very important subject.

Note: Bible quotations are from the NIV, unless otherwise indicated

What Does The Bible Say About Smoking Weed?

Smoking is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, and there is no definitive answer from the scriptures as to whether to use marijuana or not.

With that said, we should note however that, although the Bible does not specifically mention this, it does contain principles that are relative and applicable to the subject. Thus, we can have a guiding light to know the mind of God and maintain our stance within the borders of righteousness before God.

When people smoke weed they get intoxicated, that is, they get “high.” This occurs when it enters the bloodstream. When people are high, judgment might be impaired, and rationality goes out the window temporarily, aside from other effects this may have.

God’s word does condemn anything that falls into the same category in effect as wine, or strong drink, which is addictive, impairs clear thinking, clouds judgment, and affects reaction time.

The Bible also makes reference to the ancient practice of adding herbs (or drugs) to wine to boost its intoxicating effect. The use of intoxicants is also closely associated with witchcraft and/or sorcery in the Bible.

The Greek word “Pharmakeia,” which is translated as “sorcery,” means, “to administer drugs.”

“Drugs,” in the context in which the Bible uses it will help us determine the meaning. For instance, in those days (Biblical age), non-Christians or pagans practiced the use of drugs to induce states of consciousness, during which they supposedly commune with their gods. The Bible strongly condemned the use of such drugs because they lowered inhibitions and self-control.

What Does The Bible Say About Smoking Weed KJV?

Here are a few verses from the KJV on the subject of smoking weed.

“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! (KJV)” Habakkuk 2:15
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)” Galatians 5:19-21
“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV)” Revelations 22:15
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (KJV)” 1Corinthians 3:16-17
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (KJV)” Romans 12:1

Did Anyone Smoke Weed In The Bible?

There is nowhere in the Holy Bible where we can find a character who smoked weed. Although, it mentions the practice of using “drugs” to induce states of consciousness (as mentioned above), no individual character is mentioned as using it throughout the Bible.

What Does The Bible Say About Smoking Weed

Is Smoking Weed A Sin In The Bible?

Directly speaking, yes, smoking weed is a sin, not because the Bible specifically states this, but because it follows the principles that qualify it to be called sin.

Here are the Biblical principles, and why smoking weed is a sin:

  • Weed is considered illegal by most government authorities, and so smoking it is breaking the Law
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2
  • Smoking weed is addictive and controlling
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1Corinthians 6:12
  • Smoking weed is more destructive than beneficial: it does not add to you as much as it takes from you
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” 1Corinthians 10:23
  • It does not only put me in danger, it also directly or indirectly affects everyone around me
“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” 1Corinthians 8:13
  • It does not glorify God
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1Corinthians 10:31
  • It destroys my body
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” 1Corinthians 10:31

Would you look at all the above-stated principles and not call it a sin before God? Surely, not.

We also know that smoking weed is something the world promotes which is a direct indication that it is not of God. The world promotes things that do not glorify God, especially things that are destructive to us.

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

Bible Verses About Weed Smoking

Find below a few more Bible verses which although do not mention smoking, talks about the principles that surround practices with similar effect:

“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” Proverbs 23:31-35
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”” 2Corinthians 6:14-16
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1Corinthians 6:19-20
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1Corinthians 10:31
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18

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