History of CBD and Cannabis In: Maldives
The Republic of Maldives is a country in South Asia and is located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. The island nation of Maldives is about 620 miles from the Asian continent and lies southwest of India and Sri Lanka. The country has an area of over 110 square miles with an estimated population of over 380,000 as of January 2019.
Despite being considered one of the smallest Asian countries, both in population and land area, the Republic of Maldives is said to have a history dating as far back as over 2500 years. Its ancient history is said to have been documented on copper plates and ancient scripts.
From the 3rd century BC through 12th century AD, the Maldives was predominantly a Buddhist kingdom, as the ancient Maldivian Kings promoted the religion at the time. After the last Buddhist king of Maldives converted to Islam, Maldives began its Islamic period, which is still the religion officially endorsed by the current Maldivian government today.
The Maldives also went through a colonial period under British rule. It was in 1965 that the country became politically independent but remained under a constitutional monarchy under King Muhammad Fareed Didi for a period of three years. Through a winning vote for establishing a republic, the Maldives became a republic free of monarchy in 1968. Today, Malé is the capital of the Republic of Maldives and the official language of the nation is Dhivehi.
Cannabis And The Maldives: A Brief History
Cannabis is known as “hashish” in the Maldives. There are not sufficient resources to indicate if cannabis naturally grows in the Maldives. However, it is said that tourists may have played a role in introducing drugs to the country, but did not indicate specifically it to be cannabis. Cannabis is illegal in the Maldives both for recreational and medicinal purposes. The buying, selling, using, growing, possession, and other cannabis-related activities are illegal in the Republic of Maldives. A source indicates that penalties may include a lengthy prison sentence and a fine.
Why is Cannabis Illegal?
Cannabis contains various chemical compounds, one of which is called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the chemical compound that is the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the intoxicating effects when using or consuming cannabis and is responsible for the sensation of being “high.” Because of the intoxicating properties of THC, many authorities associate cannabis in a negative matter. Thus, influencing legislation regarding cannabis.
As mentioned, cannabis contains various chemical compounds. Another compound found in cannabis is cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, which means it does not get you “high.” CBD is what many consider to be the therapeutic and medicinal side of the cannabis plant. There are many forms of CBD which can include stand-alone oils, creams, lotions, ointments to edibles like tea and gummies. Many people may have found relief in using CBD to help in alleviating several symptoms that are associated with anxiety, insomnia, arthritis pain, and more.