Shinto or “way of the gods” is an ancient religion in Japan still practiced by many with some 85,000 priests and more than 80,000 shrines across the country. The hemp plant is considered to have special significance at Shinto shrines, and the name of one of the oldest, the Heitate Shrine, comes from the ancient Japanese word for hemp.
In his fine book The Secret Life of Water, Dr. Masaru Emoto writes about the Shinto religion and it’s long association and respect of the hemp plant.
“From ancient times, hemp played an important role in Shinto beliefs and practices. It was considered to have many powers, including the power to purify and cast out evil spirits. I suspect that one reason the ancients revered cannabis so much was its rapid rate of growth, indicating a high vibration rate. This enabled it to drive out evil, impurity and other forms of low vibration.
The ancient Shinto religion of Japan can be described as a religion of vibration. It has no founder, no teachings, no sacred writings, and no ceremonies or practices with the aim of causing an awakening or rebirth. Shintoism is mostly about raising the vibration rate to drive out negative forces, thus creating holy spaces. It is said that the sites for ancient temples were chosen in the areas of pristine nature that emitted a high energy level.” – Dr. Masaru Emoto from The Secret Life of Water