History of CBD and Cannabis In – Cambodia
If you are planning a trip to Cambodia any time in the near future, you might be interested in finding out more information about the laws concerning cannabis in the country. Be forewarned, there is a great deal of confusion about these laws. To be more specific, the laws are actually quite clear as they are written. However, there appears to be a lot of major differences between the official laws and the enforcement of those laws.
Is Cannabis Legal in Cambodia?
The short answer is no. Cannabis has been illegal in all its forms for several years. That being said, it’s also widely used throughout the country and has been since the sixteenth century. Even though cannabis is officially illegal, it’s commonly used in public. It’s even sold in markets and restaurants with little to no fear of either the vendors or the consumers being persecuted.
For years, restaurants have sold pizza and other foods infused with marijuana. It’s a widely known practice that is also widely accepted. At the end of the day, officials in Cambodia know that it’s happening. They just don’t seem to view it as a big enough problem to enforce the laws, nor do they seem to have a desire to change those laws. Perhaps it has something to do with the culture in Cambodia.
The majority of individuals living there who use cannabis are older and they likely consume it for its potential health benefits, although it’s difficult to confirm that as a fact. Cannabis is also widely sold to and used by tourists, effectively boosting the country’s economy.
What About CBD?
It only stands to reason that Cambodian officials would pay little attention to someone using CBD, especially when they make it so openly known that they don’t enforce the laws surrounding marijuana use. However, there is always a risk that someone traveling to the country could be prosecuted for using CBD products, as they are technically illegal.
One also has to worry about the quality of any CBD products that are purchased on the black market in Cambodia. It’s highly doubtful that anyone traveling from another country with CBD would be allowed to keep it when clearing customs. In fact, it’s much more likely that the individual in question could be arrested and jailed for having it in their possession.
What does all of this really mean for the traveler who routinely takes CBD because it helps them with a legitimate physical or mental health condition? Unfortunately, it means that the best choice is probably to leave the CBD at home for the duration of the trip. It’s also important to consider the potential risks before purchasing CBD products on site. For those who truly believe they can’t go without their CBD for an extended period of time, it may be best to avoid a trip to Cambodia until the laws surrounding cannabis change. Ultimately, the decision is up to each individual and is one that must be carefully made after all possibilities have been considered.