Cannabis is the Latin name that denotes the genus of the hemp family of plants, of which marijuana is a member. The particular species of the intoxicating form of marijuana is Cannabis sativa. The psychoactive chemical in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC), which is responsible for producing its intoxicating effects.
History of marijuana use
The use of marijuana as a drug in China was mentioned in a Chinese herbal from 2737 B.C. The use of the drug as an intoxicant seems to have begun in India about 1000 B.C. It was cultivated in temple gardens by priests who made it into a liquid called bhang, which was used in association with religious ceremonies.
From India, marijuana spread to the Middle East. Since the Moslem faith specifically forbids the use of alcohol, marijuana was accepted as a substitute, and its use “thoroughly permeated Islamic culture within a few centuries.” Because of the euphoria it induced, the Arabs described it as the “joy-giver,” “sky-flyer” and “soother of grief.”
According to marijuana researcher Dr. Gabriel Nahas, the greatest effects of widespread marijuana use were felt in Egypt:
According to the Arab historian Magrizy, hashish was first introduced in the thirteenth century at a time when Egypt was flourishing culturally, socially, and economically. First, the drug was accepted and used primarily by the wealthier classes as a form of self-indulgence. When the peasants adopted the habit, though, it was as a means of alleviation of the dreariness of their daily life.
What effect hashish had on the strength and productivity of the Egyptian civilization is unknown. However, Nahas continues,
The appearance of cannabis products in the Middle East did coincide with a long period of decline during which Egypt fell from the status of a major power to the position of an agrarian slave state, exploited by a series of Circassian, Turkish, and European rulers.
As often happens, the very decline of the nation prompted the increased use of what may have hastened its fall. The hashish habit became so prevalent among the masses that some sultans and emirs made attempts to prohibit its use, knowing that they were going against a practice participated in by a large percentage of the population. In the fourteenth century, Emir Soudouni Schekhouni ordered that all cannabis plants be uprooted and destroyed, and that any users of the substance be condemned to have all their teeth extracted without the benefit of anesthesia.
As powerful an incentive as this was, it had little or no effect on the national hashish habit—because it was an addiction sustained by the most grotesque entity (the conglomerate of negative energy that focuses the consciousness behind the drug itself). The grip of the hashish entity is something incomparable, causing its victims to give their life in its defense. Thus, they become insensitive, even to the defense of their own life.
Napoleon ran into precisely the same problem. After the French conquered Egypt in 1798, one officer noted, “The mass of the male population is in a perpetual state of stupor.” Napoleon issued a decree forbidding the smoking of hashish and marijuana and the drinking of any beverages that contained them. This decree also had little effect.
In Egypt today, there are very strict laws prohibiting the cultivation, sale, transportation, possession and use of hashish. Having already experienced its negative effects, the Egyptians have not been persuaded that marijuana is no worse than alcohol or tobacco. They know from centuries of the undermining of their people and culture that it is much, much worse.
In other nations, such as Morocco, where officially marijuana intoxication is not considered a great problem, unofficially public health officials privately admit that it is a major health hazard. But if you talk about it, no one admits using it, because it is illegal. Dr. Nahas reported that when he went to Morocco to conduct a study of marijuana use, officials in Rabat, the administrative capital, told him that cannabis was a serious public health problem, and a staff member at a mental hospital told him that there was a high incidence of marijuana usage recorded in the histories of patients hospitalized for mental illness. Among the chronic smokers, there was extreme mental and physical deterioration in men between the ages of thirty and forty.
Dr. Nahas was told that approximately forty percent of hospital admissions in Morocco for acute psychosis were related to marijuana smoking. One senior government official said to him, “You scientists are always trying to unlock an open door. You come all the way to Morocco to find out if marijuana is harmful when we could have told you, ‘Yes of course it is,’ a long time ago.”
Marijuana in the modern world
The rapid increase in the use of marijuana in America is one of the most perplexing phenomena of our times. In the early history of the nation, while the hemp plant was widely cultivated for the production of fiber, it seems to have been rarely used as an intoxicant. However, in the 1910s and 1920s a large influx of Mexican laborers introduced marijuana use to the nation, and it became widely used by black and Mexican workers in Texas and Louisiana.
The use of the drug was taken up by jazz musicians, who believed that intoxication from the “reefers” made their music sound “more imaginative and unique.” Marijuana was introduced to a wider segment of the population as jazz and jazz musicians moved up the Mississippi River to the major northern cities.
In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which prohibited the cultivation, importation or distribution of marijuana without government approval, except for the purpose of using the stalks to make rope or twine and for the manufacture of bird seed in the bird food industry. There was some controversy over the passage of this legislation. One scientist said: “The dangers of marijuana to the health and social structure of the United States have been exaggerated. The ‘killer weed’ theory put forward by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics is designed only to frighten people, not to educate them.” However, the debate was short lived, in part because the problem of marijuana use was not widespread at that time.
Furthermore, with the passage of this act, the United States was fulfilling international obligations made in 1925 when Egypt, which had previous experience with the deleterious effects of marijuana, asked that the International Opium Conference, of which the United States was a participant, give to cannabis products the same status as opiates.
The beat generation
In the 1950s, there was a rise in the use of marijuana as it was taken up by the beat generation, which was influenced by a long line of artists and poets who were marked by an open atheism, anarchy and a rebellion against traditional values. Charles Baudelaire, one of the heroes of the beat generation, was a member of the Club de Haschischins—the Hashish Club—which met in the elegant Hotel Lauzun in Paris’s Latin Quarter. In his book Artificial Paradises, Baudelaire described “the taste for the infinite” as the force in man that drives him to indulge in hashish and other drugs.
However, Baudelaire saw the dangers of drugs as a means of this pursuit. He wrote: “Like all solitary pleasures, it makes the individual useless to men and the society superfluous to the individual. Hashish never reveals to the individual more than he is himself. Moreover, there is a fatal danger in such habits. One who has recourse to poison in order to think will soon be unable to think without taking poison.” While Baudelaire warned against the use of marijuana, his lyrical descriptions of the euphoric effects of the drug inspired many in the beat generation to experiment with it.
The “taste for the infinite” that Baudelaire spoke of is the perversion of the hunger of the real soul for the Holy Ghost. Many of those who took up this quest through drugs were the dissatisfied, the discontents. However, discontent is also exactly the quality of the real chela on the Path. The real initiate must be dissatisfied with the way he is and what he is, because that spurs him to find God and to find the ascended masters.
The fallen ones come with a prescription to relieve boredom, the sameness of life. Instead of showing people how to infuse life with creativity and joy, they say, “Take hashish so you can tolerate your boring life and your boring day and go into other places of consciousness.” This is a very key thing. It’s the reason why marijuana is coming at the very moment of the coming of Saint Germain.
In the mid-sixties, representatives of the beat generation and what was about to become the hip generation got together, and a political movement based on the use of drugs was conceived and launched. Here the influence of the group fused the nihilism and the anarchy of the beat days with the mind-blowing psychedelic theology of the hip generation.
An entire drug culture with marijuana occupying the place of central importance emerged on the scene. It had religious fervor, religious authority, high priests, gurus, sages, poets. It was present in virtually all aspects of society and all levels of the socio-economic ladder. It had a lobby, several of its own magazines, and enjoyed widespread tolerance and sometimes acceptance by the government. It became a part of the fabric of our literature, our humor and entertainment, our social interaction, and became a unifying element for many people in diverse elements in society.
And while the use of the drug grew, the entire history of what marijuana had done to other societies past and present was largely out of the public’s mind. Here was a generation fond of quoting historian George Santayana’s warning, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Ironically, a generation that was supposed to be hip, or in the know, was woefully ignorant about the dangers of marijuana.
Even more tragic was the fact that the drug movement had detained many of those who should have been part of the real revolution. The revolution was coming anyway and it couldn’t be stopped. It was a revolution in consciousness—but not of marijuana or any other drug.
Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Rubin, Baba Ram Dass, et al. were not the gurus of the real revolution, though they may indeed have been the high priests of drugs and high priests of the drug culture of Atlantis. In short, a movement had appeared that was not simply a protest against a tired, old order, but a rebellion against the new order of the Aquarian age.
Effects of marijuana
Marijuana’s immediate effects are intensification of all sensory awareness; alteration of time and space perception; increased pulse and red eyes; intensified hunger, popularly known as the “munchies”; and decreased psychomotor control, so that, for example, driving a car is dangerous. Hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia, sluggish mind and lapse of memory are associated with higher doses but can occur at lower levels of intoxication.
Many people use marijuana because they say it relaxes them and they can enjoy themselves. Considered to be relatively harmless by many today, this concept of the harmlessness of marijuana is part of the drug itself and the entities that perpetuate the drug; this is their influence upon the population—that it is harmless, and that we ought to be free to smoke marijuana if we wish.
As a result, there have been many attempts to legalize the drug, in spite of the proven negative effects on health. Even beyond this are the spiritual effects: the crown chakra, the third eye and the throat are all involved. We find that the clouding of the brain with the substance of marijuana and its chemical derivatives fills the cells of the brain with a substance whereby the light of God cannot be contained within those cells. Cells are cups. Within the cells we actually contain our cosmic consciousness. Where is cosmic consciousness in the body? It is everywhere. It is not simply centered in the heart or the mind or the soul. It is in every chakra and every cell.
The use of marijuana results in the persistent poisoning of the deep centers of the brain necessary for the awareness of pleasure. Thus, it poisons the part of the brain that allows us the full awareness of being alive. As a result of this, many marijuana users have a kind of sensory deprivation, a symptom of marijuana that is the slowest to recede and the one least likely to go away. The inability to experience pleasure to the fullest makes one constantly pursue pleasure because one isn’t quite realizing the full satisfaction of life. And therefore the taking of marijuana involves one in an ever-receding goal of more pleasure, which can no longer be experienced.
Relying on their own personal experiences, marijuana users believe that it is harmless because they perceive no difficulties. They do not perceive the difficulties because their faculties of perception are being destroyed while they use it. And so they have a receding level of the ability to discern within themselves levels of their own God-awareness. Day by day they perceive no harm because marijuana is destroying not only the physical senses but the senses of the soul. This is one of the most subtle dangers of marijuana and most other psychedelic drugs. The user is rendered incapable of detecting the changes in himself.
This is the subtlety of the cult of death. With each joint, the smoker is deprived of a certain essence of life within the cells and the ability to perceive that he has indeed lost just a little bit of the essence of life. Therefore, he can never see himself as he was or as he is, because inherent in the drug is the destruction of the ability to perceive life and that life is waning.
Some people to this day justify that God has made everything and whatsoever he has made is for the blessing of his offspring. But God did not make marijuana, opium or any of the drugs that are in use today or the plants from which they are taken. What they do not know is that marijuana and these other drugs were created by the great advancement of Luciferian science on Atlantis and Lemuria.
Marijuana is nothing new. It is an old, old tool of the fallen ones to make the children of light come down to their level. And when they make them come down to their level, then they are in control.
The feminine Elohim of the first ray, Amazonia, explains that marijuana was used long ago by the fallen Amazonian women. These were initiates in the mystery school that was sponsored by her, located in South America. These female initiates failed their tests, left off from being a part of that school and went forth for the destruction of man. They sought to destroy the male, to emasculate him and to destroy his progeny—whether sons or daughters of God.
Amazonia explains that the marijuana entity is a feminine-gender entity. The beginning of the word, ma, shows its misuse of the initiations of Lord Maitreya and of the Mother flame. So the drug itself is the manifestation of women’s hatred of woman, of God as Mother, inflicted upon the male, the man. In the passivity and lethargy induced by the drug we see the intent to destroy the masculine fire of the Kundalini, and this occurs through drugs, misuse of sex, through all forms of intoxicants.
Saint Germain says that the reason the people want marijuana is because they want the Holy Ghost. There is a light and a bliss and an infilling presence in the descent of the Holy Ghost. Those who do not submit to the path of initiation through the living Christ do not have access to the living Holy Ghost. The person of the Holy Ghost is the great initiator, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost are hard-won and are given only to those who have been willing to submit to the rigors of the path of Christhood: purity, honor, integrity, submission to God, the giving of one’s life to him. The getting of the Holy Spirit is an amazing miracle in which you participate.
The fallen ones on Atlantis and Lemuria knew they had been cut off from the Holy Spirit. Therefore they attempted to simulate stimulation and bliss chemically. Even knowing it would destroy them in the process, they nevertheless did this, since they already knew they were self-destroyed by their rebellion against God. They would enjoy the synthetic Holy Ghost, and furthermore, they would not enjoy it alone—they would take the children of God with them in their sweet death.
Marijuana is the perversion of the Mother. It is the death drug. Its presence denotes the presence of the death entity, the suicide entity and the most intense hatred of the Woman and her seed. In chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, Jesus prophesied that the dragon would go forth to make war with the remnant of the Woman’s seed. The Woman gives birth to the Manchild, but the dragon wages war against the Woman’s seed, the children of Light.
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.... And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed.” Marijuana is part of that warfare. And the subtlety is the proclamation everywhere that it is harmless.
The ancient drug conspiracy
Saint Germain reveals that this modern trend to the use of drugs is actually part of a conspiracy that began beyond the dawn of recorded history:
Beloved ones, the story of these drugs—of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and all of the rest of the synthetic, fabricated drugs—is an ancient one. I pinpoint, therefore, the conspiracy of fallen angels known as the Nephilim gods and as the Watchers. I pinpoint their conspiracy to control the populations of the worlds, where they have spawned their experimental creation, their mechanization man. And therefore, in order to control their laboratory experiment, they have used all manner of devices.
Now, therefore, other nefarious powers moving against the evolution of life everywhere have seen fit to use mechanization man, computerized man—plastic man, if you will—as trend-setters, jet-setters climbing after the gods and the fallen angels to tempt, to taunt and to hypnotize the seed of the Ancient of Days, the seed of Christ in embodiment.
Their end is manifold, but it centers on the desire to steal the light of the threefold flame, to draw the lightbearers down into the valleys of the pit itself where they would engage in the practices of darkness. And therefore, there are available fallen angels in embodiment to demonstrate the “way that seemeth right”—to provide the drugs, to direct the processing and to draw mechanization man into the entire conspiracy as they are set up as storefront manikins to be copied by the children of the light....
I come ... so that you will understand that the original conspiracy against the lightbearers and the various evolutions and creations that began long, long ago with the fall of the fallen angels did begin and have its origin with a chemical manipulation and a genetic manipulation, and did come about not only through this vein of addiction and the supplying of the people with all manner of stimulants, but with other modes of conspiracy, thereby to limit the extent of the people to rise, to take dominion over their destiny, to make contact with the octaves of light, or to in any way challenge the fallen angels.
Healing the effects of drugs
We see in the effects of marijuana and other drugs an attack on each of the four lower bodies of man and woman. And along with a temporary sensation of pleasure, there is a long-lasting damage to these bodies. With the taking of psychedelic drugs, there is the shattering of the aura and of the chakras, the tearing of the etheric body, destroying the soul’s sensitivity to the “inner voice” of God within the heart.
Hilarion, the ascended master who is lord of the green ray of healing and truth, and the healing masters tell us that the hope for salvation for those youth who have taken psychedelic drugs lies in the healing ray. For the green flame, when properly used in visualization and fervent calls to the ascended masters and to the angels of healing who minister unto mankind, can actually restore those cells in the brain that have been destroyed. A carefully controlled program of fasting, exercise and proper diet is a necessary adjunct on the physical plane to one’s periods of prayer and meditation. The ladies of heaven stand ready to answer the calls of the youth for wholeness if they will only persist in their invocations and have faith in their eventual healing according to the will of God and as their karma dictates.
Beloved Lady Master Leto, master of science, tells us that all who have partaken of any drugs whatsoever, including alcohol, nicotine and sugar, can be purified of the effects of their use. This healing and purification requires prayer as the invocation of the violet flame, prayer for mercy for departing from God’s covenants, and the saturation of the four lower bodies with the violet flame. This must be accompanied by actual physical fasting: as Jesus said, “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” It is important to realize that the contamination of the physical temple must be cleansed by both spiritual and material means.
For indeed the sacred fire can heal those cells and those points, those electrodes placed by God within the brain. And therefore it becomes of a paramount necessity that students of the light go forth with this teaching to the youth of the world, to those who realize the folly of their involvements with the psychic and who desire to return to the Path.
These must have an awareness of the sacred fire, for the Lords of Karma have decreed the dispensation this year that any child of God and any sincere one who has been duped by the drug culture might return to the pristine estate that he had when he came into this embodiment by invocation to the sacred fire, to the healing flame and by petitioning for mercy from the Lords of Karma.
For God is not an avenger of his children, and he does not desire to punish them with eternal damnation. This is the lie of the serpentine force. Our God is a consuming fire; he is no respecter of persons nor does he dwell upon the iniquities that have entered the hearts of men, and therefore mercy goeth forth. But how can it be implemented?
You see, precious hearts, it requires contact with the sacred fire to rebuild the cells and atoms and the perfect design of the Christ mind and the layers of manifestation surrounding each of the chakras that have been forced open through this culture.
Excerpted from Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Paths of Light and Darkness, pp. 34–70.
- National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, Marihuana: A Signal Misunderstanding (1972), part one, section I.
- J.M. Campbell, “On the Religion of Hemp,” quoting the Makhvan, in Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report (Simla, India: 1893–94), 3:252.
- Gabriel Nahas, Keep Off the Grass: A Scientist’s Documented Account of Marijuana’s Destructive Effects (New York: Reader’s Digest Press, 1976), pp. 14–15.
- Ibid., p. 15.
- Ibid., pp. 75–76.
- Ibid., p. 75.
- Ernest L. Abel, Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years (New York: Plenum Pub Corp., 1980), ch. 12.
- Nahas, p. 21.
- Charles Baudelaire, “The Poem of Hashish,” in Artificial Paradises, ch. 5, quoted in Nahas, pp. 17–18.
- George Santayana, Reason in Common Sense, vol. 1 of The Life of Reason (1905; reprint, New York: Dover Publications, 1980), p. 284.
- For the story of this ancient mystery school established by Hercules and Amazonia, see the dictation by Amazonia from April 13, 1979.
- Rev. 12:15, 17.
- The Second Book of Adam and Eve tells the story of the children of Jared, who were lured down the Holy Mountain of God by the children of Cain, who committed all manner of abominations and serenaded them with sensual music from the valley below. Jared was a descendant of Seth, the son born to Adam and Eve after Cain slew Abel. See “Prologue on the Sons of Jared” (taken from the Second Book of Adam and Eve), in Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil, pp. 395–407.
- Saint Germain, “The Ancient Story of the Drug Conspiracy,” Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 27, no. 32, June 10, 1984.
- Matt. 17:21.
- Heb. 12:29.
- Lady Master Leto, January 2, 1972.