Since the dawn of time drugs have been used for various reasons, such as pain relief, euphoric effects and spiritual enlightenment. Religion has only existed for a short period of time in relation to drugs, so how do certain religions feel about drugs? With the increased availability of recreational drugs such as marijuana, more and more people are turning to drugs. Today’s society is becoming very secular and non-religious, especially in teens, but what do the true teachings of Islam, Hinduism and Roman Catholicism say about the use of drugs. Islam is one of the most strict religions when it comes to the use of drugs. So Muslims consider that all non-prescribed drugs are the work of Satan and are designed to lead people away from God. It is thought that all drugs enable people to escape from real life which would mean that they cannot serve Allah well.Many do not realize that tobacco is still a drug, despite its prevalence in society it is still a drug.Tobacco is, of course, not specifically mentioned in the Qur’an as being Haram but some Muslims say it is Makruh (strongly disliked). Alcohol is unequivocally ban in the Quran and several versus state that it is Haram. Like the American constitution many laws and rules are open to interpretation, for example “the right to bear arms” has been interpreted by lawyers to mean citizens can own guns. Muslim lawyers say taking drugs or alcohol is a form of suicide because you are harming your body, and suicide is forbidden Certain drugs are open to interpretation because of their lack of mention in the Quran, but drugs such as alcohol are clearly ban and cannot be interpreted in any way. Muslims of course differ in their adherence to these beliefs. The spectrum ranges from very devout Muslims that will not attend social settings if alcohol is served, to Muslims that drink moderately, to Muslim alcoholics and drug addicts.Many religions have a wide scope of people that can stray off the path of teaching but at the end of the day the Quran states no alcohol. Teachings will even go as far as saying you cannot produce alcohol or attend social gatherings with alcohol. There are harsh punishments for those caught making or drinking alcohol in the Kingdom. Despite these restrictions there are a number of options for people wishing to drink alcohol in Saudi Arabia. As for alcohol there is a definite answer but narcotics such as marijuana are not stated in the Quran and a variety of interpretations have been made on the herb from different Muslim sects. Some Muslims consider marijuana “?al?l” (which means “permissible”) and acceptable for responsible recreational use, while others think that cannabis is a narcotic that we should only use in cases of medical need. Despite the Qur’an’s opposition to marijuana, certain circumstances allow the use of intoxicating drugs. They cite the hadith (an Arabic term for a report or saying) of Muhammad that says “If much intoxicates, then even a little is haraam” and claim that since cannabis alters our consciousness and exhibits various effects over our minds and bodies that it meets the standards as “khamr” – an intoxicant. Isolating the true religious beliefs of Islam is vital because many Muslims take part in secular activities that could be Haram. Hinduism is an advanced religion that has existed on our planet for nearly 3500 years, back in the infancy of Hinduism, followers used drugs such as cannabis, but what do the scriptures say. Cannabis has been associated with the god Shiva who is said to have rested in the shade of a cannabis plant on a very hot day. Shiva gave the plant to humanity in thanks.In the past, however, drugs played an important part in worship. In the Vedas a drug called Soma was used as an offering and then drunk by the priestsThe past roots of Hinduism seems to accept the use of drugs so why do today’s Hindus abstain from drugs? Today’s spiritual leaders such as the Sadhguru say drugs only offer brief spiritual enlightenment and should not be used as they have no long term spiritual benefits. Although the Sadhguru holds these beliefs the very religion of Hinduism was essentially founded of drugs, of which are primarily phycadelics. Most people don’t realize this, but Hinduism was built on the idea of using psychedelics. Known as Soma, this psychedelic drink induced states of enhanced awareness, expanding the practitioner’s spiritual perceptions.Today, most sects in Hinduism abstain completely from using drugs. Why? Because they teach drugs are a limiting way to achieve spiritual progress.Most gurus and spiritual leaders teach that drug use can give momentary glimpses of spiritual perceptions, but do not provide any lasting transformations.Instead, meditation and deep spiritual work is needed. Despite personal choices that are made, all Hindus are allowed by religious law to engage in mind altering substances. It is unknown whether the Vedas state that Hindus can use other drugs for example acid, cocaine, or heroin, but we do know for sure that marijuana and Soma (psychedelic) is allowed. Karma is a major component to Hinduism and if drugs cause you to harm others then the consumption of drugs must stop to avoid bad karma and if persistent a bad reincarnation. It seems fairly clear that out of these three religions: Hinduism, Islam, and Roman Catholicism; Hinduism definitely seems to have the most lenient teachings about the use of drugs.The vast majority of teens and adults that are Roman Catholic man be a part of that religion but, they do not necessarily follow all of the rules, this leads to a more secular religion. It mentions in the Bible that your body is a temple and should be treated as such, this statement is very general but in essence anything that damages your body you should refrain from. Unfortunately most members of the Catholic Church neither know nor care what the Church teaches. We believe that God entrusted the Church to the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit, which protects it from teaching error and allows it to apply the principles of truth to new circumstances as societies change. Due to the availability and soon legalization of marijuana in Canada the Pope and high Church officials are modifying stances on marijuana, but some remain strongly opposed to the drug, such as Pope Francis. “Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!” the Pope said. “Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.” The views of Catholics differ from those of Muslims, Catholics do not forbid alcohol but says that it cannot be used to get intoxicated, as that is damaging to the body. Much of the Old and New Testament contain opinions on the use of alcohol to get drunk, several versus state that you can drink but never in excess. Religious scripture can often be vague in some departments, leaving wiggle room for interpretations. For example, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Some will say that marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms cause virtually no bodily harm, this may not be entirely true but due to the generalistic nature of the Bible various interpretations can be made. In essence the Bible does not allow anything that could cause potential harm. Drugs can be harmful to the body, especially in the case of hard drugs and it is unanimous that hardcore drugs are not allowed in any religion i.e heroin and cocaine. These three different religious seem to have three different opinions when it comes to the topic. Islam strictly forbids alcohol, Hinduism accepts it in limited quantities for special occasions and Catholicism accepts it if you do not get drunk. Other substances like marijuana are not mentioned in Catholicism or Islam, and in Hinduism the Vedas accept marijuana and say it is one of the five sacred plants. Overall opinions on the use of drugs and alcohol vary and each perspective is unique.