History of CBD and Cannabis In: Slovenia
The Republic of Slovenia is a country centrally located in Southeastern Europe. The country borders Italy to its southwest, Austria to its north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to its southeast, and its southwestern coast empties into the Adriatic Sea. Its land area is over 7,800 square miles with a population of over 2 million as of 2018.
Slovenia’s history is said to date back to prehistoric times with the first human inhabitants recorded. Throughout the centuries present-day Slovenia was ruled by various groups and rulers like Illyrian tribes, Celtic tribes, Slavic tribes, Otto I, and the House of Habsburg.
Fast-forwarding to relatively modern times, present-day Slovenia was called the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs and became independent in 1918. Throughout the years, the country went through several name changes which include the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Slovene statehood.
The country also became part of Yugoslavia until 1991 when it gained independence from Yugoslavia. Afterward, the Republic of Slovenia was admitted to the United Nations in the following year, and joined the European Union in 2004. Today, Slovenia’s capital and largest city is Ljubljana. The official language is Slovene.
Cannabis And The Republic Of Slovenia: A Brief History
Cannabis is known as “konoplja” in Slovenian. There is not enough information to indicate if cannabis is a native plant to Slovenia. However, it is said that the cannabis plant does grow in the country and is being used widely.
Cannabis is decriminalized in the Republic of Slovenia. According to Total Slovenia News, “cannabis can be grown only for food and industrial purposes on the basis of a permit issued by the ministry responsible for agriculture.” Another source indicates that, although not specific to cannabis itself, “possessing a small amount of drugs for one’s own use and consumption is not considered a criminal offence.” It is to an assumption that outside these specific regulations, cannabis is illegal in Slovenia both for recreational and medicinal purposes. The growing, selling, buying, possessing, using, and other related activities are illegal in the Republic of Slovenia.
Why Is It Illegal?
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is this specific compound that authorities view the plant negatively. THC is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the feelings of being “high” or euphoric effects when using and consuming the cannabis plant. It may perhaps be the main factor that influences the legalities surrounding cannabis and its uses.
What Is CBD?
As mentioned, cannabis contains many compounds. CBD or cannabidiol is another compound found in cannabis that many consider it to be the medicinal and therapeutic side of the plant. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, so it does not get you “high” when using and consuming it.
Many people claim to have found CBD to be beneficial in alleviating symptoms associated with various conditions like general aches, pains, arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness to mention a few. CBD may perhaps be the reason why cannabis is decriminalized in Slovenia. CBD can be taken orally, such as with tea and gummies. It can also be taken topically in the form of oil, creams, lotions, and more.