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Is Smoking Weed A Sin?

Can Christians smoke weed? No, and yes smoking pot is indeed a sin. These new generation of professing Christians does not care for God’s Word. They will make so many different excuses and twist words to justify sin. Before I became a Christian I was a pothead. It was my idol.

Although it is extremely rare, you can die from marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis can indeed trigger heart complications. I personally know someone who died while smoking a joint. It kills your lungs. It increased my anxiety.

This world is cannabis crazy. Medical marijuana is a complete joke. Weed is a gateway drug that is making many people broke. Even though people try to deny it, weed is addicting and many people have to go to rehab for it.

People are spending $20 dollars a gram for a few hours high. Is it really worth it? People are making extremely poor decisions and the devil is promoting this through worldly music. If you’re a teen you must not try to fit in with the bad crowd.

God’s ways are higher than our ways. I used to always make excuses and Satan was deceiving me, but God showed me and convicted me and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. Stop making excuses! You know it’s a sin! Repent and turn to Christ! Click this link to learn how to be saved.


Can you smoke weed, which is hurting your body for the glory of God? No!

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


What did Paul say? With marijuana you are yielding up control to an external force and releasing self-control.

1. 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.


We must obey the law federal and state.

2.  Romans 13:1-4 All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. So those who are against the government are really against what God has commanded. And they will bring punishment on themselves. Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers; only those who do wrong fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and they will praise you. The ruler is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. He has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong.

1 Peter 2:13-14 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority–whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.


“God made weed to enjoy dude!”

He also made poison ivy go try it! He made the tree of knowledge, but commanded Adam not to eat from it.

Genesis 2:15-17 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”



Genesis 1:29-30 God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

For food not for smoking, not to be in a bong, not to be put in a blunt, but for food.


After Adam sinned

We always forget this. Not everything was good after the fall.

Genesis 3:17-18 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.”


How does God view weed smoking? 

The Bible warns against intoxication and altering your mind. You might say that’s for alcohol, but intoxication is not only for alcohol. You can drink a glass of wine and you will be fine, but the purpose of smoking is to alter your mind. You smoke for the purpose of getting high.

Proverbs 23:31-35 Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. Afterward it bites like a snake, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will speak perverse things. And you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging. You will say, “They have struck me, but I am not harmed! They beat me, but I did not know it! When will I awake? I will look for another drink.”


The world promotes it

Worldly people like rapper Wiz Khalifa influences this filth to kids. That is a big red flag when the world promotes it. Just like the world promotes promiscuity, covetousness, and drunkenness.

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

James 4:4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.


Drug use is forbidden. Sorcery – translated pharmakeia which means drug use.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance as I told you before that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Smoking hurts your lungs and pot use has many hidden harmful effects.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 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.

Romans 12:1 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.


People die for it and get robbed over it.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool; otherwise you might die before your time.


It is not spending money wisely.

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money on what cannot nourish you and your wages on what does not satisfy you? Listen carefully to me: Eat what is good, and enjoy the best foods.

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.


Idolatry in pot

I need this to relax, I need this to help my stress, to sleep, to eat. No, all you need is Christ. He is enough.

1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.


Satan says, “it’s not a sin did God really say you can’t smoke it?” Sounds familiar!

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”



1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.


Is weed harmful?

There are many people who will deny and gloss over the harmful effects of marijuana. You might even hear people say, “drinking and cigarettes are much worse for you.” Since when did two wrongs make a right? Studies conducted on college students have shown that weed use has affected memory, attention, and learning in a negative way. Studies have also shown that postal workers who have tested positive for marijuana had over 50% more accidents and a 75% increase in being absent from work. Not only does marijuana harm your health, but it also harms your career and your aspirations. Continuous weed use lowers your IQ, increases the likelihood of having chronic bronchitis, increases dropout rates, increases addiction, can create sexual problems, lessens your coordination, increases anxiety/depression, and increases your risk of having a heart attack.

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  • Luke Aug 17, 2018, 3:04 am

    I think this is a good point. Although it could have been approached a little differently. There are a hundred reasons someone can give to smoke weed, just look at all the different ways you can get a medical card. But the truth is smoking is just vain, and most people who do smoke it do so to get high. I have used it to put me to sleep and it works real well, but sleep is a gift from God(Psalm 127:2). I believe cannabis is just like every other plant in Gods creation, it has its agricultural, medicinal, and industrial purposes. Smoking weed is an easy way to get it in your body, but eating it is even easier. To eat it does not destroy the plant and its precious oils. I agree that someone who genuinely wants to follow Christ should not smoke. It is bad for the lungs and can create lots of vanity if abused.

    • Dee Oct 13, 2018, 3:58 am

      I 100% agree with you Luke. Although this article was really great, I too think it could have been approached differently. I had been really struggling with whether or not smoking weed is a sin or if it’s just something God doesn’t mind us doing. I have been doing it for the last couple of months but my gut is telling me that God does not like this. But I could not figure out why God does not like it. But this article pointed out some really GREAT verses that made me realize, base on scripture, I need to stop smoking. Smoking just for the fun of it is very different than smoking it for medicinal purposes. Proverbs chapter 23 is what stood out the most for me. Overall this was a very great article Fritz and it is the one article I will definitely save my favorites!

  • Dana Totten May 8, 2019, 11:13 am

    I also struggled with smoking, it does ease pain, but does affect my mind.All the scriptures pertaining to being sober, changed my view point to see how I had been fooled…remember satan has one purpose, to steal, kill, and destroy.

  • Rick Jun 14, 2019, 4:13 am

    I understand your passion about canibus. I feel it should be used with caution but we must admit that that statistics show that alcohol kills more people than all other drugs combined. As for the high, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine after everyone in the wedding party was already drunk. Canibus is an herb given to us from the creator. Satan creates nothing. It has been used medicinally for centuries, as it should be. I personally do not use canibus, however I grew up in the sixties and all my friends used canibus and none of them are addicted to any drugs including canibus. Scientific research has not shown canibus to be addictive.
    Be sure of the facts before judging another.

    • Fritz Chery Jun 20, 2019, 4:28 pm

      Hey Rick,

      I appreciate your comment, but here is the issue. Please consider this. Two wrongs never make a right. You saying that one is worse doesn’t negate the other. Also, where in Scripture do you find Jesus turning water into wine while everyone is already drunk? Be careful when making such claims. There are many things that are here on this earth that we shouldn’t try. I highly doubt that God created marijuana for recreational use. We are to be sober minded. Marijuana for medical use is in my opinion a joke. Many practitioners who prescribe medical marijuana cards work for marijuana dispensaries. Most people do not need it and many practitioners are not qualified to prescribe medical issues that require marijuana. Are there some cases where it can be beneficial? Of course. However, smoking marijuana is very dangerous and it is addictive. I’ve experienced it firsthand and I’ve witnessed others become consumed by it. There is no denying that it is addictive.

      God bless,

      – Fritz

      • Dave Jun 20, 2019, 9:31 pm

        “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10 NIV

        Seems like the context here is pretty clear. Everyone has had a lot to drink, and before people are intoxicated, they can tell the difference between good wine and bad. Here they can’t tell because its too late in the wedding and everyone is already “had too much to drink”.

        Also, I disagree with smoking weed completely, but getting your buzz on from wine seems different from what Paul was talking about with drunkenness, and I think that needs to be discussed.

        • Fritz Chery Jun 21, 2019, 7:11 pm

          Hey Dave,

          John 2:10 is not referring to the guests being drunk. If it were, that would that mean that Jesus was indulging in the promotion of sinful activities. The Holy God of the universe would not do this. Let’s take a look at a different translation.

          John 2:10 KJV “And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”

          (Men have drunk well). Not to excess, but freely. They were not intoxicated. I love the commentary of Albert Barnes on John 2:10.”This word does not of necessity mean that they were intoxicated, though it is usually employed in that sense. It may mean when they have drunk sufficient, or to satiety; or have drunk so much as to produce hilarity, and to destroy the keenness of their taste, so that they could not readily distinguish the good from that which was worse.”

          Also, I hope I am not misunderstanding you. There is nothing wrong with drinking wine as long as it does not lead to drunkenness. We should handle the consumption of alcohol with godly responsibility and holiness. Scripture warns against intoxication whether it is from alcohol or from marijuana.

          – Fritz

    • Kim Beasley May 25, 2020, 2:14 pm

      Your comment about how you had many friends back in the 60s smoke marijuana and not become addicted. Today’s marijuana is nowhere near the same as the marijuana back in the 60s. It is 10 times more potent with THC. I have witnessed it’s addictive powers. More and more studies are coming out saying that it is addictive.

  • Matte Jun 17, 2019, 4:06 pm

    I would like to say, I love to get high and listen to the word of God. I believe I feel a spiritual closeness, a deeper sense of inner peace and understanding, a calming submissiveness to understand and cherish the Word with him. So judge my heart, not my body, and love your neighbor. Peace be upon you.

    • Fritz Chery Jun 20, 2019, 3:55 pm

      Hi Matte,

      Thank you for commenting. I understand that you like to get high, but please don’t disregard what you read in the article. Marijuana use is sinful. Christians should not be smoking it. You are feeling the effects of being high, but it’s not a spiritual closeness to God. It’s one thing to read God’s Word and it’s another thing to submit to it. I love you enough to tell you this. Please consider what His Word says regarding being brought unto another power.

      – Fritz

    • Ohm Jun 20, 2019, 7:33 pm

      Hi I think it is ok to eat marijuana for medical usage but not to point you get high. It’s the same with wine as in small portions. It’s the same idea behind it as wine also alters mind just like marijuana.

    • Lentrell Jun 21, 2020, 7:14 am

      The Bible teaches us to be sober minded.
      It also says, “God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in Glory”. Additionally, it says,”God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of sound mind.” And, the Bible teaches us,”None shall come to the Father but by Jesus Christ.” Anyone who teaches submission to things of the world leading to Godliness is a liar and the truth is not in Him. There is no way the things of the world will lead us to Godliness. If any man says when tempted, He is tempted by God, He is a liar and the truth is not in him. Know this that the trying of your faith leads to patience.

      Don’t be fooled for God shall not be mocked. God’s word will not return unto Him void but will accomplish what He decided for it to accomplish. He doesn’t need anything of in or of this world to draw us to Him or to have us to better understand Him and His word. Whenever Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan, He [Jesus Christ, Emanuel, who is God with us] used the word of God [Scripture] to support temptations presented by the enemy to sin. The Bible teaches us to Submit to God, resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Meaning we should seek Godliness through obedience to His word. No need to add anything to it. God’s grace is sufficient. Speak only the word in truth. In closing I say this scripture,”Study to show thyself approved unto God, a true workman, rightly (appropriately) dividing (utilizing) the word of truth.

  • J Jun 20, 2019, 8:04 pm

    Thank you Fritz. You presented this subject very well and backed it up with scripture. Pot is a sin and a gateway to further trouble! I know first hand and speak from experience. I praise the Lord for saving me and opening my eyes not only to this truth but to many other things including how Christians love to justify their sins so as to keep doing what they already know is wrong…they are only hurting themselves and more importantly not glorifying God with their lives, but rather are grieving/quenching the Holy Spirit. I can guarantee you that those who do justify their sins in any way, (I’ve done it myself), are being chastened by the Lord through some trial or tribulation in their life. However, sooner or later if that person is a true believer, they will humble themselves before the Lord through confession/repentance and start to walk in a manner worthy before Him. God loves us so much that He will never allow something like this to overcome and consume a Christian’s life. We are already over-comers and more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Also, the only type of ‘medical marijuana’ is the kind that has been refined and changed by removing the THC which allows for medicinal properties but removes the high. As I stated before, any Christian that says differently and continues in this worldly lifestyle is not only kidding themselves but hurting themselves and God through a hypocritical witness to this unbelieving world as well as to the body of Christ. Just think how it may confuse or stumble a more immature brother or sister in Christ through this behavior!

  • Rainchild Jun 20, 2019, 10:08 pm

    So… “pharmakeia”: We shouldn’t be taking OTC medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, etc. either? Does that mean we experience physical pain and infections and the like that we are to simply come closer to God in prayer and worship? Truly? If that’s the case, then my faith and relationship isn’t where it ought to be!

    • Fritz Chery Jun 21, 2019, 8:08 pm

      Hey Rainchild,

      Pharmakeia is the use or the administering of drugs. The drugs that were used by pagans were mind altering drugs. Marijuana falls in this category. Also, there is a difference between medical and recreational use. There is nothing wrong with OTC medications used for their intended purposes.

      – Fritz

  • Ron Jun 20, 2019, 11:40 pm

    Any substance used for mind altering purposes (as in recreational use) generally indicates it is alterating the natural functions within the body system. Same as for alcohol and nicotine and any other drugs. The purpose for why we ingest it is critical and using it/them for medicinal use is a different story. Medicines are all gained from what this earth supplies but medicines are all made to differing levels and for different reasons. There is no doubt that legalizing marijuana for any reason other than specially designed medicinal issues will result in abuse just as with alcohol, smoking, etc. It has been shown that marijuana and other drugs are a large part of crime and the health issues. ALL such things are sinning against God and therefore humanity. Mostly it is escapism from reality for one reason or another which is a real problem because problems cannot be solved like that . Neither is it judgemental to recognize the wrongs committed within society which indicate the problems we have are of spiritual nature being reflected in actions we take. We don’t put God first when under the influence of mind bending drugs.

  • Jon Lindblad Jun 21, 2019, 1:29 am

    Eating or smoking weed is just an excuse to get high

  • Rick Leland Jun 21, 2019, 3:09 am

    Of course smoking marijuana is a sin. I totally agree. It’s like most people want to give Jesus the minimum to still be called a Christian. That’s certainly not the message Jesus preached. A lot of people are going to be shocked on “that day”. Instead of hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant,” they will hear, “I never knew you.”

    I too was at one time addicted to marijuana. Of course you can get addicted to it. It’s not physically additive like say heroin, but it definitely destroys life. I’ve seen it first hand. Jesus came to set us free from this kind of junk. Marijuana is totally on the devil’s kill-steal-destroy agenda.

    • Hailey Jul 9, 2020, 5:18 pm

      Rick, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am struggling to quit weed and luckily I have a amazing God and spouse helping me through it but the problem with my smoking is I make bad decisions that are irresponsible, I almost lost my job . . . And I always want to sleep or eat. When I first started smoking I was reading God’s word but that slowly died only after a few times of smoking weed and I haven’t gone to church in forever and I dont go and see my family because I’m high . . All the things i use to stand for have fell away and that’s what weed does you dont care about anything and your job money and everything else will fall away too if you dont watch it. I like weed I wont deny it but it’s on the verge of destroying my life if I dont quit using it.

  • William Coutts II, M.D. Jul 23, 2019, 5:55 am

    I am a family practice doctor and have studied marijuana / THC fairly extensively.
    I have looked at the top ten reasons that patients take marijuana for “medicinal reasons.” There are other non prescription remedies basically available for any health issue mentioned.
    All non traumatic health issues can be addressed with other remedies and without the negative side effects. Trauma cannot be addressed in any way by marijuana / THC either?
    THC is fat soluble and has a half-life of 30 days. Your brain is 60% fat due to the myelin wrapping around most of the nerves in the brain. It shuts down much of the brain. This is confirmed by functional brain scans.
    Thank you Fritz Chery for writing and sharing this article with us.

  • Chris Jul 28, 2019, 4:00 am

    I just wanted to thank you for this great article. I was struggling justifying if ingesting or smoking weed was sinful or not.

    I used to smoke a lot in my early 20’s and just started back because of bad anxiety. However, after reading this and seeing how passionate you are in your view and your replies to others I believe I’m going to stop now.

    I was wondering if you were going to address how he said we have been given every seed bearing plant as food so I’m very pleased that you did and the view you provided on that. Lately I have been doing the brownie approach but I see how that can still be viewed as intoxication which is sinful as you mentioned.

    I really appreciate how you backed everything up with scripture. Just out of curiosity, what about the medication doctors prescribe for anxiety? How do you think God views that? Like most, I have been on Xanax a long time for that. I was just wondering your view on that end? I strive to please God as much as I can but I often fall short and was wondering if that is sinful as well?

    Thanks again and God bless brother!

    • Fritz Chery Aug 11, 2019, 4:56 pm

      Hey Chris,

      I really do appreciate your comment. Thank you for being open and I’m thrilled to hear how God has used this article in your life. I encourage you to keep on pursuing Christ. When it comes to anti-depressants or other mental health medicines, ultimately we should be praying and trusting in Christ. Nonetheless, we can praise the Lord because He has blessed us with doctors and medicine. Christians are able to take advantage of medicine prescribed by their doctors. However, we must be cautious when it comes to continual reliance upon anti-depressants as God is the true healer. Ultimately we should be praying, reading, and trusting in the Lord in hopes of coming off the anti-depressant medication. Thank you for stopping by and for being encouraging.

      – Fritz

      • Bethany Brake May 27, 2020, 2:32 pm

        Amen! Through my experience God showed up and took away desires that I was bound too. I was a slave to them and Jesus came in and removed them. It’s about surrender and fully trusting Him in every area. Trust His word and believe that nothing is hard for The Lord.


    • Hunter Jun 5, 2020, 7:27 pm

      Speaking from a purely medical standpoint Chris, smoking marijuana for anxiety only exacerbates the underlying problem, leading to severe rebound anxiety and eventually paranoia. In daily copious amounts, in predisposed individuals, it can cause psychosis, as well as leading to the manifestation of mental illness/es ( i.e. depression, GAD, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc..). I’m no doctor, but I’ve done my due diligence in research, as well as learned first hand (the hidden side effects of marijuana). I smoked on and off daily for 10 years to self medicate my issues (100% mentally and physically addicted)…and due to stress and other extrinsic factors, I developed psychosis last summer from smoking about a 1/4 OZ a day to myself. I’ve since quit (10 months or so ago) and now have been diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder, which I had never shown signs of before previously. The stuff will definitely alter your brains chemistry. It’s really not worth it. Futhermore, Xanax is honestly worse in my opinion, albeit a legal treatment when prescribed, and if that pill isn’t the devil, I dont know what is. It’s a very potent double edged sword. Alcohol and benzodiazepines (xanax’s drug class) are some of the few drugs that you can die from due to withdrawals. Pray and stick to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) man. I was here reading another article on scriptures pertaining to mental illness and wound up here on pure curiosity. I hope someone reads this and realizes it’s not as safe as harmless and helpful as it seems. Hope everyone is doing well during this difficult time. Take care and God bless

  • Maria Sep 16, 2019, 11:22 pm

    Hey! I just wanted to say thank you brother for this article!! It’s been just a huge blessing reading it. I am 100% against this stuff. Now I feel I can stand up against this issue even better. I have a friend who was smoking tobacco and I was desiring to back away from her. But then I thought instead of judging her let me pray for her that the Lord would convict her of smoking. And now she’s no longer smoking tobacco glory to God! But she’s still sadly smoking weed. But I know the Lord will continue opening her eyes.

  • Jake G Jun 19, 2020, 3:49 am

    Thank you for the clarity, I pray this is the last day I ever smoke in Jesus Christ name Amen!

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