History of CBD and Cannabis: Kyrgyzstan
Bordered by Kazakhstan to the north and China to the easy, Kyrgyzstan has a long history of cannabis cultivation, trade, and personal consumption owing to its strategic geographic position. Although most of the country is very mountainous, it serves as a direct route from portions to Asia and Central Asia to Europe and the Middle East. Moreover, the country has been locked in political, economic, and social turmoil ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, causing many criminal drug operations to flourish. Over the years, Kyrgyzstan’s relationship to cannabis has evolved due to Soviet influences, lack of stable government infrastructure, and recurrent criminal violence in the nineties.