Taoism had been on the rise since 4000 BC, although at the beginning it viewed intoxication as antisocial, so the use of weed was decreased, until 1000 BC, when Taoists had a growing interest in alchemy, and they began using weed as a method for "inducing visions". Contrary to this, the recreational use of marijuana didn't actually take off, whether due to China's negative outlook on drugs, or the already prevalent problem with opium.
In Hinduism, it is said that the god Shiva rested under a cannabis plant, and that when he woke up he was hungry, and he ate some of the plant, which invigorated him and became his favorite food. He is sometimes referred to as the Lord of Bhang (the Indian word for cannabis). According to Hinduisms holy scriptures, he brought cannabis to mankind as a source of happiness and pleasure.