History Of CBD And Cannabis In: Tajikistan
The Republic of Tajikistan is a country located in Central Asia. It is a landlocked country that borders Kyrgyzstan, China, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan to its north, east, south, and west, respectively. With over 55,200 square miles as its total land area, the country’s population grew to over 9 million as of 2019, which is a 2% increase from the previous year.
According to history, present-day Tajikistan is home to several ancient cultures. Particularly, the city of Sarazm which is located in the Zarafshan Valley region of Tajikistan is said to date back to 4,000 BCE. It is also known to be today as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Throughout the centuries, the country has been ruled by various empires and dynasties. The First Persian Empire, Sasanian Empire, Mongol Empire, the Timurid dynasty, and the Russian Empire are only to mention a few that previously governed the country. When Tajikistan was ruled by the Russian Empire it subsequently became part of the Soviet Union and became a full-fledged Soviet republic in 1929.
When the Soviet Union dissolved, Tajikistan gained independence and became its own sovereign nation in 1991. Today, the Republic of Tajikistan is a presidential republic that consists of four provinces or administrative divisions, Sughd, Khatlon, Gorniy-Badakhshan, and the RRP. The nation’s capital and largest city is Dushanbe and the official language is Tajik.
Cannabis, CBD, And Tajikistan: A Brief History
Cannabis is known throughout Tajikistan as hashish.
When curious researchers went looking for the origins of cannabis, they managed to trace its lineage back to the Tajikistan region, implying that the plant is native to Tajikistan. Because of this, it is said that the country began a period of “cannabis eradication” that began in the 1980s. From then going forward into present-day, a series of cannabis eradication efforts or operations included destroying crops by burning them and seizures.
Despite cannabis being a widely cultivated crop in the country, it is illegal both for recreational and medicinal purposes, this includes CBD. Tajikistan’s legislation surrounding cannabis closely follows the United Nations Drug Treaties and Conventions, according to another source. It is a clear indication that the growing, selling, buying, possession, use and other related activities are illegal in the Republic of Tajikistan. Tajikistan currently levies heavy penalties that may include long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Why Is It Illegal?
Because cannabis is indigenous to Tajikistan, access to it is easy and thus increasing the number of people who use the plant, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is a chemical compound found in cannabis that is responsible for the feelings of getting “high” when using or consuming it. It is, perhaps, because of THC that affects the legalities surrounding the plant and its negative reputation.
Another substance or compound found in cannabis is cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is commonly known as CBD. This particular compound in cannabis is non-intoxicating and non-addictive. This means you will NOT get “high” or experience any euphoric effects when using or consuming it.
Many may have found CBD to be beneficial in easing symptoms that are related to pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and more. Despite CBD’s several health benefits, it is still illegal in the Republic of Tajikistan, even though CBD may be considered to be the medicinal or therapeutic side of the plant.