Is CBD Legal in Comoros?
CBD Oil and Hemp: Hope for a Productive Future
The Comoros, an island state created through volcanic eruption just off of Africa’s east coast, is surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. After Zimbabwe made the historic decision to legalize hemp production in July 2019, the question that’s stuck in everyone’s mind is whether or not the rest of the continent will follow suit.
Some experts are hopeful legalization will be a rapid, painless process as more countries realize the societal and economic benefits of mass hemp production. Hemp, also known as “Green Gold”, is easy to grow in diverse climates and has a high yield, making it the perfect crop in many Northern and Central African countries.
Is CBD Allowed in Comoros?
At the moment, marijuana production is illegal on the island state of Comoros. High THC substances were only very briefly legal from the period 1975 to 1978, during the reign of president Ali Soilih. Due to the threat of economic sanctions from the United States, almost all African countries clamped down on hemp production in the early seventies – Comoros was no exception.
It is unclear whether or not low THC, hemp extracted CBD is legal on the island. Like many other African countries, it’s unlikely that legal officials will be able to effectively distinguish between high THC and non-psychoactive CBD compounds. Despite the codified laws, many small growers produce hemp for their livelihood and experience little in the way of legal repercussions.
Hemp has played a large role in the formation of Comoros’ culture concerning traditional healing. Hemp use in African healing rituals dates back hundreds of years as communities realized that it could be used as a nutritious food source and natural pain medicine. Additionally, hemp contains omega-3 fatty acids, and flavonoids, which made the substance a major part of many communities diets.
Travelers should be somewhat wary bringing CBD onto the island. There is no way to tell which officials, if any, will seek legal repercussions against individual consumers carrying hemp extracted CBD. Although, over the past five years, there have been very few reports of individual consumers being targeted by enforcers for hemp drug violation. Consumers who need to use CBD products for medical purposes should keep a doctor’s note on hand.
What are the Benefits of CBD use?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has been researched for its role in positively impacting users’ physical, mental, and emotional health. Unlike traditional over the counter or prescription medications, CBD could represent a sustainable way for many to cope with persistent conditions. Many users state that CBD helps with conditions such as:
- Arthritis, joint pain, or nerve pain
- Seizure disorders
- Poor sleep quality
- Irritating skin conditions