The First Church Of Cannabis

The First Church Of Cannabis

"One toke, one smile, one love"
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The First Church of Cannabis was established March 26th, 2015 in Indianapolis by a schnazzy, Bill Levin. The congregation, whose values are the core of every mainstream religion, express deep devotion to love, and compassion, towards ourselves, others, and the earth. Levin, The Grand Pooba and founder, quickly established legality for the new age church after Indiana's passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Under the act, use of cannabis is finally recognized by our government for its' spiritual qualities, as it strengthens our deep connection and admiration with and for the world around us.

Cannabis, "The Healing Plant" is our sacrament. It brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from depression

The group hopes to inspire and motivate the world around them for a better tomorrow, through the worship of spiritual and medicinal involvement with cannabis. Since Vedic Literature, cannabis has been directly associated with positive spiritual, medicinal, and love qualities.

The Vedas… describe how cannabis was created when the Gods stirred the heavenly oceans with the peak of Mount Mandara. A drop of amrita (heavenly nectar) fell from the sky and a sacred cannabis plant sprouted on the spot. Lord Siva brought the cannabis plant down from Mount Mandara for the pleasure of Mankind and for this the plant was consecrated to him [Siva]

The legalization and societal acceptance of cannabis is extremely overdue. To put everything in perspective, a plant in which grows naturally from the ground, something psycho-active, composed of chemicals our brains physically have receptors and inhibitors for is illegal. Beginning to recognize the healing qualities cannabis has would work towards a better future for not only our souls, but our globe, economy, and the environment. The First Church of Cannabis is one amongst many of the positive pushes for cannabis' overall productivity and efficiency to become legally and societally supported.

We've been working on relegalizing Marijuana in Indiana for nearly 50 years. It's been difficult to get an official conversation going, and that is still a project under construction. That is the result of the ignorance of those who we have elected to office, and the complete unwillingness to honestly address the issues. The realization of the First Church of Cannabis forced the discussion into the arena. They will now have to address the issues, and talk with us because of the overwhelming public support of this action. Yes, there are detractors, who look at us through pre-judged eyes, but they are small in comparison to the positivity and love the Church has received from so many.



The benefits of cannabis are overwhelming, ranging from being infrastructure to curing depression, cannabis itself is a wonder plant. An ailment in one regard could be that of our ever failing economy. Legalizing cannabis would not only stimulate, but nourish economies.10.2 Billion dollars is what the cannabis industry is going to be worth in the next five years, as the market continues to expand rapidly for its' magic. However, besides the plant's ability to create positive economic and societal growth, cannabis also develops positivity,cures inlless, and aids the spiritual and phsyical growth of our being's journey.

The congragation encourages and supports individually and as a group, the beautiful usage of cannabis for the body and mind. The founder consistently stresses 'One toke, one smile, one love.’ One part of Levin's sermon often includes cannabis curing depression. A study published within Neuropsychopharmicology journal gained new insight for cannabis' healing qualities.

Using compounds derived from cannabis — marijuana — to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression.... 75 percent of PTSD symptoms are reduced by the use of cannabis.

The study concluded the various benefits of cannabis through testing both people and rats. However, Levin and his congregation are not testing rats, but instead experiencing life's journey one toke at a time.


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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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You Ain’t Waiting For God To Bring You Your Dinner, You Get Up And Go Cook It

My words often get jumbled and don't make sense, so I figured writing it would help me come across clearly.

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Dear guy friends of mine,

I want you to know how grateful I am for your friendship. Having close guy friends has helped me better understand men and learn how the male species operates. I've been able to ask you so many questions and you've responded with thoughtfulness, kindness, grace, and honesty. I appreciate your willingness to talk to me.

I want to encourage you in something, and with some of you I have tried, but I think I came across as a little crazy. From what I've been told by married women, guys are very afraid of actual crazy. You want your girl to have some crazy (because all women have at least a little bit of crazy), but you don't want her to be, like, crazy. I get that and respect that.

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"But something's happened in evangelical circles where if you're single you're supposed to not want to be married, but be content in a spot and that's somehow more glorifying than following God's wiring of you to want a mate. And so in the end what happens is that you walk around like a liar. I mean, poor young ladies! Almost all of them have been told, "As soon as you're content, God will send you a man." So you've got hundreds of thousands of women running around acting content! "I'm content, where is he?" You've got other guys going, "You know, I'm just gonna wait for God to bring me the right one." Well, you ain't waiting for God to bring you your dinner, alright? You get up and go cook it."

Pastor Chandler goes on to say that he's not telling the guys to go on the hunt and prowl. No! He's telling guys that they have a role to play in pursuing a woman to marry. Girls have a role to play, too. Girls can't just hang out with their girlfriends in hopes that they'll lock eyes with Prince Charming while in the grocery store or walking their dog in the park. No, girls need to build up the guys in their lives and respect them by letting the guys be guys and giving them opportunities to be gentlemen. That's what I appreciate about you guys, my guy friends. You are such gentlemen and I love that. Don't be afraid to ask out the girl that you think is sweet, cute, pretty, funny, kind, silly, honest, loyal, and the right amount of crazy. You've got this!

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