History of CBD and Cannabis In: Mali
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.