Bring Me a Higher Love
The world has countless religions and religious or spiritual followings. While we typically only hear of the major ones, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, there are thousands of other smaller groups that vary in abundance based on where you live in the world.
From Flying Spaghetti Monsters to Invisible Pink Unicorns, world deities are incredibly diverse and varied, and equally as valid as, say, a man with a big white beard floating in the clouds.
So what about a religious group that focuses on the benefits of marijuana? Yup, that exists too. And it’s completely run by these two feminist nuns.
Glory to God in the highest…
The Sisters of the Valley
Sister Kate and Sister Darcy are the Sisters of the Valley, and they think cannabis is a god-given right.
In actuality, the Sisters of the Valley are self-ordained and are the creators of their special order, which is not associated with Christianity or any other religion, per se. More so, theirs is a spiritual movement dedicated to humanity, and is sometimes considered a business instead of a religion.
Their system is based on that of real abbeys, however. Sister Kate admits, “I always wanted to be a sister, but I couldn’t be in a sisterhood that wasn’t empowered. I try to emulate the Catholic nuns standards of excellence. They stood for something. I’m trying to bring that back.”
She also told The Daily Beast, “We disagree with the concept that suffering is normal and a part of life. We think that’s bullsh*t. Suffering isn’t a part of life; they’re making it so when they criminalize plant-based remedies.” Clearly they aren’t Catholic.
For the Sisters, weed cultivation is about so much more than getting high. Instead, these feminist vegans believe in the healing properties of marijuana as treatment for pain and anxiety, ranging from cancer to hangovers.
According to their mission statement, “The Sisters’ spiritual practices support the process of making medicine. We respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people.”
Earlier this year, photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois traveled to their ‘abbey’ in Merced, California to photodocument the lives of the sisters and their work with marijuana. While fascinating in their own right, the Sisters make sure their impact extends far beyond those who come to their abbey.