History Of CBD And Cannabis In: Uganda
The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked Eastern African nation. The country borders South Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania to its south, Rwanda to its southwest, and to its west, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Uganda’s total land area is over 93,000 square miles with a population of over 44 million as of 2019.
Uganda’s origins are said to have begun as far back as 2,300 years ago with Bantu-speaking people migrated from central Africa into the country. The various regions of present-day Uganda are said to have been ruled by various kingdoms that include Bunyoro, Toro, Ankole, Busoga, and Buganda.
It was through the kingdom of Buganda that the country took its name and is still one of the largest traditional ethnic groups that are still in existence in Uganda today. During the late 19th century, Uganda was a British protectorate until it gained independence in 1962. Since gaining independence, however, the country continues to experience constant political turmoil. Today, Uganda’s capital is Kampala. It is also its largest city. English and Swahili are the official languages in Uganda.
Cannabis, CBD, And The Republic Of Uganda: A Brief History
Cannabis is known in the country as “bhang” just as it is known by the same name in Tanzania, Uganda’s neighbor. It is also referred to as “ganja,” “churus,” and “chandoo natron” the name changes are dependent on how cannabis was prepared. A source indicates that during the 1900s, cannabis was locally grown and typically used by men. By 1902, cannabis was banned by the British.
Presently, cannabis is illegal in Uganda for recreational purposes. However, one of the top sources for news in Africa has indicated that recent Ugandan legislation may allow the production of cannabis, particularly CBD oil, for medicinal purposes and only for exportation to other countries by way of an application process through the country’s Ministry of Health for private companies only.
Another source indicates that cannabis is a prohibited plant. This suggests that, unless one is a private company and a licensed was approved through Uganda’s Ministry of Health, it is illegal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. The growing, buying, selling, possession, use, and other related activities are illegal in the Republic of Uganda. Penalties may include fines and imprisonment.
Why Is It Illegal?
Cannabis contains many chemical compounds of which THC remains to be the main focus as the reason why the plant is perceived negatively by authorities in Uganda. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive substance in the plant that is responsible for the intoxicating effects when using or consuming cannabis. Because of this, much debate ensues on the legalities over the plant.
As briefly mentioned, CBD has been recognized by Uganda for its medicinal benefits. It has become one of the country’s top revenue sources. CBD or cannabidiol is another compound found in cannabis that many may have found beneficial to help reduce symptoms associated with several conditions.
It is perhaps CBD and its derivatives like oil and tinctures that Ugandan authorities have created an avenue for private companies to apply for its production. Despite the many health benefits that CBD may offer, it is still illegal in the Republic of Uganda without a permit from its government.