History Of CBD And Cannabis In: Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is a country in Oceania that is also a sovereign state and is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. It borders Papua New Guinea to the northwest, Australia to the southwest, New Zealand to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Vanuatu.
The Solomon Islands consists of 6 major islands with over 900 other smaller islands. Collectively, the country’s land area is about 11,000 square miles with a population of over 600,000 as of 2018.
The country’s history is said to date back as far as 1,000 BC when it was first inhabited. A Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña, was the first European to visit the country in 1568. At the time, Álvaro de Mendaña believed that the country was rich in gold, thus naming it after the legendary King Solomon’s Mines, the Islas Salomón.
In 1893, the southern part of the Solomon Islands was declared a British protectorate by Captain Gibson. Then, during the Second World War, the country was occupied by the Japanese Army, which ultimately was counter-invaded by American and Allied troops.
After the war and throughout the years, the Solomon Islands began creating authoritative governmental entities to help relieve the country’s political unrest. It was only in 1976 that the country became independent and was recognized as internally self-governing while retaining the monarchy. Today, the country’s capital and largest city is Honiara and the official language is English.
Cannabis And The Solomon Islands: A Brief History
Cannabis is known by many names throughout the country which includes “grass,” “mull,” and “green.” There are not enough resources to indicate if cannabis is a native plant that grows in the Solomon Islands. However, it is said that the plant does grow in the country and is predominantly used and consumed in the capital.
Despite cannabis being widely used and grown in the country, it is illegal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. The growing, selling, buying, possessing, using, and other related activities are illegal in the Solomon Islands. A source indicates that penalties may include heavy fines and imprisonment.
Why Is It Illegal?
The cannabis plant contains many chemical compounds. THC is one of the chemical compounds found in the plant that authorities perceive cannabis negatively. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis that is responsible for the euphoric effects or the feeling of being “high” when using and consuming the plant.
Because of this, THC may perhaps be the sole influential factor around the legalities surrounding the cannabis plant.
What Is CBD?
As mentioned cannabis contains other compounds and CBD is the other compound in it. CBD or cannabidiol is what many may consider it to be the therapeutic and medicinal side of cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, so it does not get you “high” when using it. Many may have found CBD to be beneficial in finding relief for various symptoms.
Anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), arthritis, nerve pain, and other chronic pain are only to mention a few conditions that many may have found relief from using CBD. CBD can be taken orally or topically as it comes in various forms that include tea, gummies, oils, creams, lotions, and more.