Cannabis in Ethiopia

While slowly descending, we realize for the first time how huge  Africa must be. We are only going to one of its Countries, Ethiopia, and the view from above is majestic, vast, huge land. Ethiopia is a mix of cultures and races, their pace of life is gentle, calm, peaceful, the sunlight very intense. You …

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Cannabis in Iran: Questions and answers by religious scholars on the use of Cannabis in Iran

Questions Questions sent to the Marja’s. Question 1. Is the consumption of cannabis and its derivatives permitted? Question 2. If cannabis and its derivatives are consumed for treatment of diseases, what is the judgement? Question 3. Is the cultivation of cannabis for the purpose of production of legal medical and pharmacological products permitted? Question  4. …

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Punto Rojo by The Landrace Team

The name Punto Rojo speaks for itself. The pistils of the flowers of these plants are red. This is why it’s called so. It comes from the mountains of the interior of the country. In Colombia the area is called Tierradentro an it literally means The Land of the interior. Plants are, or should we …

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Drugs and drug policy in the islamic republic of Iran

Drugs and drug policy in the islamic republic of Iran In 2018 a judicial order issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran chief justice, Sadeq Larijani, amended the country’s strict drug trafficking laws, raising the threshold that triggers the death penalty in drug possession cases. The new order set the stage for several thousand prisoners …

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From Cannabis prohibition to cannabis regulation in Iran

From cannabis prohibition to cannabis regulation in Iran It is with the establishment of the modern state (1920s) and, especially, with the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979 that prohibition of drugs, including  cannabis, becomes more stringent. In the first part of the 20th century, cannabis was a primary concern to Iranian policymakers (and …

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On Southern Italian Cannabis and its preparations in place of Cannabis indica

Indian hemp, Cannabis Indica, has always been present in the oldest herbariums as a remedy for various disorders. And the Cannabis Sativa? The Chinese referred to it as a medicine for all ailments already 4000 years before Christ, the Indians, in addition to the therapeutic virtues for the body, exalted the healing ones for the …

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Historical background

Hum, homa, soum, sama, giyah-e javidan (‘the herb of the immortal’), giyahe moqaddas (‘sacred herb’), khadar (‘green’), kimiyah (‘alchemy’), qanaf (‘hemp’), zomord-e giyah-e (emerald herb) are among the many expressions given to cannabis in the Iranian plateau. More popular names are hashish, the Arabic word for “grass”, bang, an Avestan term indicating whole cannabis residue, …

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Cannabis status in Contemporary Iran

The question of cannabis through the legal interpretation of religious authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Introduction: Middle Eastern states and the Islamic world are known for adopting strict codes of prohibitions. These apply to sexual norms, such as premarital sex, social practices such as gambling and consumption behaviour as in the case of …

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Islam and Cannabis: Legalisation and religious debate in Iran

Iran is currently discussing cannabis and opium regulations, which could bring a legalisation of drug consumption through a state supervised system. The take on cannabis as seen and interpreted  by the religious authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The choice of Iran is justified for several reasons: firstly, Iran has a long history of …

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Cannabis in the Greek world

The Greek World In ancient Greece, hemp was probably already used in Dionysian rites and, as J.L. Brau says, everything suggests that it was also used in the Eleusinian liturgies to reveal to the initiates the arcana of the myth of Demeter. The priests, who bore the name Eumolpidae (= singers of beneficial melodies), were …

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