History of CBD and Cannabis In – Iran
If you went back in time by roughly fifteen years and explained to someone just how legal and popular marijuana would be, they probably would have laughed at you. Nonetheless, here we are: Dozens of countries throughout the world have legalized marijuana in some way, or are looking to increase access to it for medicinal purposes while also moving to decriminalize use of the drug.
However, some parts of the world have been ahead of others when it comes to marijuana legalization. In much of North America and western Europe, this has been the case, as medical marijuana is legal in more and more places, while some countries have even stepped towards decriminalizing the use of small amounts of the substance, or even fully legalizing it. However, as a region, the Middle East has yet to move this way: Harsh penalties and blanket prohibitions remain the norm.
Such is the current situation in Iran. Despite the fact that the country has a long history of hemp and cannabis use, it has yet done anything to legalize the substance, and likely will not anytime in the near future.
History of Cannabis in Iran
Evidence suggests that there is a very, very long history of hemp use in Iran. Hemp fibers were found in Iran and Iraq there which date to 8000 BC, making Iran one of the first countries which appears to have used hemp for any sort of purpose.
As for cannabis itself, the available evidence suggests that it has a long history in Iran as well, having apparently been introduced to the country in 1221 CE.
Current Legal Status of Cannabis & CBD in Iran
All cannabis use in Iran is illegal. The reason doesn’t matter: Be it for recreational or medicinal purposes, no one in Iran can use marijuana. Punishments for violations of this law can be extremely harsh, with the death penalty possible for possession of more than five kilograms of hashish.
However, some websites report that marijuana is relatively easy to obtain and that its use shouldn’t pose any problems as long as you do not create any public disturbances. These reports were collaborated by a New York Times article on the subject.
Iran’s government is deeply religious and conservative. Its President, Hassan Rouhani, is a deeply conservative and religious man. As such, there are no active efforts by the government to ease restrictions on marijuana use. It is also extremely difficult to influence the Iran government, as they have been known to react harshly to protestors. As such, it is very likely that these prohibitions will be in place for the future, although there are some reported efforts to liberalize some of these restrictions and turn more towards efforts at harm reduction.
Given Iran’s total lack of tolerance for any marijuana use, it will likely come as no surprise to learn that CBD is also an illegal substance in the country.