Cannabis is commonly associated with Rastafarianism. The Jamaican religion was made popular in the U.S. by Bob Marley. More recently, Snoop Dogg dedicated himself to the Rastafarian movement, renaming himself Snoop Lion.
Much like Hinduism cannabis is used in Rastafarianism for spiritual purposes and to become closer to Jah, or God. Both cultures use the word ganja for female buds and both smoke out of chillums. Additionally, Caribbean countries like Jamaica were introduced to weed by Indian immigrants. After the British abolished slavery, hundreds of thousands of Indian workers were sent to sugar plantations in the Caribbean. That’s how ganja made its way to the west indies.
Rastas have a name for the best female weed: Kali. The word comes from the Hindu term for “Kali Mata” the dark form of Shiva’s wife, Parvati. Another connection between Rastas and Sadhus is when they allow their hair to grow long and knotted after renouncing normal life for spirituality.
Rastafarians smoke weed while studying the Bible. Bible quotes popular with the Rastas include:
Genesis 1:11 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
Genesis 3:18 “… thou shalt eat the herb of the field.”
Proverbs 15:17 “Better is a dinner of herbs where live is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.”
Revelation 22:2 “the river of life proceeded to flow from the throne of God, and on either side of the bang there was the tree of life, and the leaf from that tree is for the healing of the nations.”