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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Denver's International Church of Cannabis

Colorado Denver Cannabis
by Olivia Harden Jul 13, 2022

When Colorado became the first state, along with Washington, to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012, it immediately became one of the centers of cannabis in the United States. The tax revenue, and tourist interest, became a proof of concept for the 18 states and Washington DC that would legalize recreational cannabis over the next decade. Today, Colorado is still known for having some of the best dispensaries in the country, and it remains a hotspot for cannabis tourism. But one thing that even the most imaginative advocates probably didn’t see coming? An old Lutheran church in Denver being tripped out into a technicolor sanctuary called the International Church of Cannabis, where colorful pipes and joints are passed over pews between Elevationists, and cannabis is taken in as a sacrament.

While the concept of an International Church of Cannabis might, at first, sound silly, its members are serious about the role cannabis plays in a spiritual journey. And in an age when people turn to astrology for advice and are seeking out alternative forms of spiritual wellness, a church that recognizes cannabis as a sacrament isn’t as trippy as you think.

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What is the International Church of Cannabis?

The International Church of Cannabis is a building that hosts Elevation Ministries. Elevation Ministries is a religious organization founded in 2017 that meets at 400 S Logan St. in Denver in what used to be a Lutheran church. It might be tempting to think that church members use religion as an excuse to smoke weed, but the church states that cannabis is a tool to accelerate spiritual journeys through ritualistic and mindful use.

Spirituality is prioritized over strict religious principles. The church prioritizes cannabis activism and volunteer work as a part of its most important stances. Church members don’t need to convert, and some of the church’s members identify as a part of other traditional religions. The bright and colorful chapel stands out when compared to the austere churches you might be used to, but it’s a fitting place for inspiration.

What are elevationists?

International Church of Cannabis members practice Elevationism, a religion that focuses on self-discovery and was created by a group of people who were tired of traditional religious practices. The “sacred flower” and the encouragement from the community helps church members, who are called elevationists, grow.

Can you visit the International Church of cannabis?

When planning a cannabis-themed vacation, Denver has great spots like the Marijuana Mansion plenty of dispensaries that stock pretty much any cannabis product you could dream up. You’ll definitely want to add a trip to one of the world’s coolest looking churches to your list. The International Church of Cannabis is open to the general public for anyone interested in checking out the artwork and toys. The International Church of Cannabis is open to the public Friday through Monday from 12:00 to 8:00 PM, and Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. During public hours, the building is both family and pet friendly.

Currently, Elevation Ministries is hosting its BEYOND Laser Light Experience, a one-hour light show on the church’s colorful walls that combines lasers, guided meditation, and music. You’ll also get access to the media room, arcade, and lounge. This event is open to all ages.

Can you smoke weed at the International church of cannabis?

There’s no cannabis consumption allowed on the property during public hours, and the church doesn’t sell cannabis, either. However, if you become a member of the church, there are services every four to six weeks when the congregation comes together to practice, which includes burning the sacrament. To become a church member, visitors can live anywhere in the world and sign up online to receive newsletter alerts about gatherings.

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