History Of CBD And Cannabis In: Tanzania
The United Republic of Tanzania is an eastern African country that is within, what is called, the African Great Lakes region. The country borders Mozambique and Malawi to its south, Zambia to its southwest, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to its west, Uganda to its north, Kenya to its northeast, and its eastern coast empties into the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The country’s total land area is over 360,000 square miles with a population of over 58 million as of 2019.
Tanzania’s history is considered to be ancient dating as far back as 6 million years ago. It is said that the oldest known ethnic groups that originated from the country are the Hadzabe and still exist today.
Throughout time, various groups migrated to present-day Tanzania which included Southern Cushitic speakers, which began during the Stone and Bronze Age. Throughout relatively modern times, Tanzania was controlled by various ruling entities which included sultanates, the Germans, and the British.
The British ruled and governed much of present-day Tanzania until 1961 to 1964, with different regions within Tanzania each gaining independence in subsequent years, creating what is now known as the United Republic of Tanzania. Today, Tanzania’s national capital is Dodoma and the official languages are Swahili and English. The country is globally known to be home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cannabis, CBD, And The United Republic Of Tanzania: A Brief History
Cannabis is locally known in the country as “bhang.” With such a lengthy and ancient history, cannabis is known to be a native plant in Tanzania. It is widely grown and used both recreationally and medicinally throughout the country. Tanzania is one of the largest producers of cannabis both for local use as well as exportation. The coastal regions of Tanzania are known to be where most of the country’s cannabis is cultivated.
Despite cannabis being grown and used extensively in Tanzania, cannabis is illegal both for recreational and medicinal purposes, and that includes CBD. The growing, selling, buying, possession, use and other related activities are illegal in the United Republic of Tanzania. The government of the United Kingdom warns that penalties, although not specific to cannabis, include being fined and prison sentences.
Why Is It Illegal?
As mentioned, Tanzania was governed and ruled by various entities throughout the centuries. Because of this, authorities in Tanzania may have been influenced in viewing cannabis negatively. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that is responsible for the euphoric effects when using or consuming tetrahydrocannabinol . It is, perhaps, this very substance that influences the various legalities surrounding cannabis and its uses.
CBD is another chemical compound found in cannabis that many may consider to be the medicinal or therapeutic side of cannabis. CBD or cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, so it does not produce any euphoric effects when using or consuming CBD. Many may have found CBD to be beneficial in easing symptoms that are related to various conditions. Despite its many health benefits that it may provide, CBD and its derivatives like oil, tea, gummies, cream, and lotions are still considered illegal in the United Republic of Tanzania.