History of CBD and Cannabis In: Moldova
Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is an Eastern European country that is bordered by two countries, Ukraine and Romania. Moldova is a landlocked country, meaning the entire country is surrounded by land and does not have a coastline or seaport. It is a country that is rich in history with involvement with the Russian and Ottoman empires dating as far back as the 14th century, during which Moldova was known by the name of Bessarabia.
Throughout subsequent years, Bessarabia went through various name changes that included the Moldavian Democratic Republic and the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. It was in 1991 that the country declared independence, took and held the name of Moldova, through the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The capital of present-day Moldova is Chișinău and the official language spoken in the country is Moldovan (Romanian).
Moldova and Cannabis
Now that we’ve taken only but a glimpse of Moldova’s past, let’s now talk about Moldova and cannabis. Cannabis is also called cannabis in Moldova. There is insufficient information on whether or not cannabis naturally grows there, however, a source indicates that industrial cannabis may soon be cultivated in the region.
At the time of writing, cannabis in Moldova is illegal. Growing, using, selling, buying, and other related activities are illegal in Moldova. It is said that as of 2008, decriminalization of simple or small amounts of drug use is not a crime in Moldova, but rather considered to be an administrative offense. It did not specifically indicate, however, that this particular administrative offense is referring to cannabis. To generalize, it appears that the recreational use of cannabis in Moldova is decriminalized, while medicinal uses remain to be illegal.
As briefly mentioned, cannabis may soon be industrialized in Moldova. Its Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment has recently (2018) launched a draft law that allows the cultivation of cannabis for fiber, seeds, oil, and biomass. This suggests that Moldova could be at the frontier of being “a modern pharmaceutical country” and “a supplier of raw materials.”
So What’s The Big Deal? Why Do Moldovan Authorities Frown on Cannabis?
Cannabis remains to be associated with criminal activity because of the chemical compound called THC. THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the feelings of intoxication or euphoria when consuming it. Thus, bringing cannabis in the grey realm of legal, illegal, and decriminalization due to the chemical compound’s hallucinogenic effects.
THC is not the only compound found in the cannabis plant. There are several other compounds in cannabis, however, it’s the compound called CBD (cannabidiol) that is widely known for its therapeutic and medicinal characteristics. Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not get you “high.” CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive.
There are various forms of CBD products in the market that range from oils, teas, creams, and lotions, so it can be taken orally or topically. Many have found relief using CBD for a variety of symptoms. CBD may help alleviate symptoms associated with arthritis, epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. CBD, specifically CBD oil, may also help reduce acne due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.