The “Weed Nuns’ of California
Cannabis and religion, in Western culture, are not associated as often as they should be.
Cannabis has a rich history in Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, which the Western world can certainly learn from. These religions use cannabis as a meditative, therapeutic, and spiritual tool to achieve a version of inner peace.
The cannabis grown within this compound is non-psychoactive, and the strains do not get you ‘high’. The CBD extracted from the cannabis plants grown here have become valuable ingredients for tinctures, salves, and muscle rubs.
Who Are The ‘Weed Nuns?’ Cannabis And Religion
The Sisters of the Valley align their spiritual beliefs to a 13th Century Catholic ideology known as the Beguines or Beghards. This ideology stressed the imitation of the life of Christ through care of the ill and poor, voluntary poverty, and this type of person did not hold a formal religious view as such.
The imagery and clothing of the nuns hold great meaning for some. The Sisters of the Valley seeks to empower women through the changing of this image to something that is more modern and business-savvy, yet spiritual. These nuns do not formally align themselves to a religion or church.
In addition, the ‘Weed Nuns’, also align with the theory of divine feminism. This belief states that God is neither male or female, rather a divine essence that somewhat compares to the Eastern Yin/Yang symbol.
The goal of the Sisters of the Valley is to create this type of society in every American state.
Cannabis And Religion: Big Business
The Sisters of the Valley sold close to $1.1 million of CBD products in 2017 alone. Their advertising has been heavily censored by corporate America (see our article on big pharma and cannabis), so the Sisters of the Valley have relied heavily on public relations campaigns such as viral videos.
There are now quite a few videos about this amazing group of women on YouTube.
The Sisters of the Valley grew out of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and was created to somewhat reverse the inequalities in the cannabis industry.
One piece of wisdom from the patriarch Sister Kate:
“I believe that if you put your hands in the dirt and you grow something from a seed, you are creating a spiritual act. You are creating an act of meditation with the planet and you’re much less likely to go off and try pharmaceuticals and things you snort or shoot up your arms.”Sister Kate of the Sisters of the Valley