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History of CBD and Cannabis In: Mali

by in CBD Information December 6, 2019
The Republic of Mali is the eighth-largest country in West Africa with a land area over 450,000 square miles, its population equally sizeable with a population of over 19 million. Long ago, Mali was part of three ancient West African empires, the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire, and the Songhai Empire, which controlled various commodities from gold, salt, and other precious commodities throughout the centuries. The country of Mali certainly has a long and rich history dating as far back as the eighth century. During the 19th century, France controlled Mali and was considered part of French Sudan, which was later known as the Sudanese Republic. Mali was then known as the Mali Federation. In was in 1960, however, that Mali gained independence from France and became The Republic of Mali. Because of its history with France, Mali’s official language is French, but because of the size and ethnic diversity that Mali has, other languages are also spoken in the country.

Cannabis and Mali: A Brief History

As previously mentioned, Mali was under the control of France in the 19th century. Because of this and although they are separate countries today, their views and opinions, whether positive or negative, derived from France’s history of cannabis or hashish. France has what we call, a “hot and cold” history with hashish. In the 1800s, France was considered to be at the center of medicinal cannabis. At the time, cannabis-based products like tinctures, lozenges, cigarettes, alcohol, and edibles were sold and marketed to provide a wide range of “cures” for several ailments and diseases of the time. Because of this, cannabis was a “hot” commodity. However, during this time, other scientists and pharmacists also brought to light the hallucinogenic effects of hashish. Physicians in French Algeria stated that hashish was the cause of insanity and criminality, which in turn put cannabis in a negative light, branding it as “poison”. Thus, Mali’s history with cannabis coincides with France’s history of the cannabis plant.

Since The Republic of Mali is its Own Separate Country, is Cannabis Legal?

Cannabis, whether used for medicinal or recreational purposes is illegal in Mali. This is heavily influenced by French colonial-era laws. The possession, buying, selling, using, and growing of cannabis is illegal in the Republic of Mali. According to a source, drug penalties for possession and use (not specific to cannabis) can result in six months to three years imprisonment plus a fine.

Why is Cannabis Illegal?

One of the main reasons why cannabis is illegal in Mali is because of the chemical compound called THC. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the feelings of intoxication or being “high”. It is this very compound that makes cannabis illegal not only in Mali but in several other countries across the world. Another compound that is also found in the cannabis plant, CBD, is the compound that gives the plant a positive reputation. CBD or cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating and non-addictive chemical compound found in cannabis. Many people have found relief when using CBD. It may help in alleviating symptoms associated with various conditions like general aches and pains, insomnia, anxiety, and others. CBD can be consumed orally or topically with several products in the market like tea, oil, ointments, lotions, and more.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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