3. Weed Smoking was not all about Pleasure
While the media has played a very significant role in portraying that Rastafarianism is all about smoking weed not all Rastafarians do smoke the ‘herb’. At the onset of Rastafarianism, smoking weed was used as a special experience to enlighten their minds so that they can correctly reason the ways of the world. This weed was however smoked in a ritual way.
While other parts of the world smoke weed for pleasure and end up acting silly, acting silly would be considered disrespectful to a Rasta. Before Rasta smokes the ritual plant, they say a prayer to their god Haile Selassie. Today, owing to the non-legalization of smoking marijuana in many countries, smoking the herb has now become optional for Rastafarian but isn’t really all that central to their faith anymore. Some Rastafari simply choose not to smoke weed at all.