The Religious Relevance of Cannabis Since time immemorial, Cannabis has been a part of the Indian history. The use of cannabis has never been limited to the mortals, but the deities of the Hindu mythology have been known to use cannabis. . Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction also smoked cannabis. It has been an indispensable part of Hinduism. It was used for a spiritual purpose, for internal liberation. In Atharva Veda, a sacred text of Hinduism, there is a mention of Cannabis.