History of CBD and Cannabis In: Oman
Oman or officially known as the Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country located in the Middle East, specifically on the southeastern coast of Arabia. The country borders the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. Its eastern coast empties into the Arabian Sea and shares maritime borders with Iran and Pakistan. Oman’s land area is over 119,000 square miles with a population of over 4.5 million as of 2018.
The Sultanate of Oman has a history dating as far back as 1300 BC. Through the centuries the country has been governed by various rulers. In the 8th century, Oman was ruled by the Yaarub, Arabs who originated from Yemen. It was through this that many believed that the Yaarub were the first settlers in Oman from Yemen.
Later during the 11th and 12th centuries, Oman was ruled by the Seljuk Empire. From 1932 to 1970 the Sultan Said bin Taimur ruled Omar until his son began his reign as a result of the 1970 Omani coup d’état.
The Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said is the hereditary leader, as an absolute monarchy, of the Sultanate of Oman which began in 1970 through present-day Oman. Oman’s capital is Muscat and is also the largest city in the country. The country’s official language is Arabic.
Cannabis and Oman: A Brief History
Cannabis is typically referred to as “Al-keef” in Oman. There are not enough resources to indicate that cannabis grows naturally in the country. However, it is said that the country may have been introduced to the cannabis plant through visitors from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan.
Cannabis is illegal in the Sultanate of Oman both for recreational and medicinal purposes. The growing, possession, buying, selling, using, and other related activities are illegal in Oman. A source indicates that the country has zero-tolerance for drug-related offenses with an indication that a “death penalty could apply.”
Why Is It Illegal?
Cannabis has several compounds. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is psychoactive and is responsible for the intoxicating effects when using or consuming cannabis. It is perhaps one of the main factors that resulted in authorities perceiving cannabis negatively, which ultimately influences the legalities surrounding it.
What is CBD
As mentioned, cannabis contains several compounds. The other compound is called CBD or cannabidiol. CBD is what many would consider the medicinal and therapeutic side of the cannabis plant. It is a compound that is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, which means there are no intoxicating effects associated when taking or using CBD.
Many may have found relief when using CBD to help in reducing symptoms associated with various conditions. Multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety, and insomnia are only to name a few conditions that many may have found CBD to be beneficial. CBD can be taken orally or topically with a wide range of products available in the market. Some forms of CBD include tea, gummies, oil, lotions, and creams to name a few.