The powers that be and the church have demonized the use of drugs through the centuries.
Within the older (pagan) societies it was custom for the medicin men to use all kinds of drugs to get in contact with the spirit world.
These customs were wiped out by the church.
The church never wanted the people to get really spiritual, the churches were only interested in keeping in control. They lied, murderd and tortured to stay in control.
I have respect for Jesus, but I loath the church, those damned hypocrits.