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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Cannabis in Iran

Cannabis in Iran: Situated between Afghanistan’s extensive poppy fields and eager Western markets, Iran has an extensive history of domestic opium, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use dating back centuries. In recent decades, heroin has become more popular. Most recently, the use of methamphetamine has increased and is reportedly in demand across the social spectrum, from …

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From Landraces to the present day. The Importance of starting from seeds grown outdoors

It is called ‘landrace’ or ‘ecotype’, a variety of Cannabis that constitutes a group of populations that in a very long period of time have adapted to the environmental conditions of a given region, or a portion of territory that has a defined microclimate and characteristics. The natural selection, the climatic conditions, the nature and …

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The Plasticity of Cannabis Genome

How do plants adapt themselves to a new environment? We often ask ourselves the problem of having to grow plants whose original habitat is very different from what we are able to offer them: narrow grow boxes with artificial lights or a small balcony disguised in the city. The soil changes, the climate, the waterings …

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How to Select a Vigorous and Productive Genetic Line

How to Select a Vigorous and Productive Genetic Line Have you ever wondered why some types of cannabis plants grow better than others or are more productive in certain environments? Why do some plants grow puny, thin, weak, frail and get sick  producing very little? Others, on the other hand, show great vigour and rapid …

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Cannabis in the Islamic Middle Ages

Beginning in the 5th century, cannabis comes more and more frequently in the prescriptions of Arab doctors and in the 12th century its influence began to be felt in some Persian mystical orders, in particular the Sufi, who used it in their complicated ritual dances to reach the ecstasy. In the book of the Kings …

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Cannabis in Archaic Europe

The discovery of hemp remains in a funerary urn of Wilmrdorf (Brandenburg, Germany), contained in a tomb of the 5th century BC and brought to light by the archaeologist Herman Busse in 1896, testifies  the existence of cannabis in northern Europe since prehistoric  times, according to what Busse himself claimed in the report presented to …

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Cannabis History in Ancient Asia

Cannabis History in ancient Asia The first traces of hemp date back to China during the Neolithic period, around 3000 BC. The legendary Chinese emperor Shen-Nung, in a book of drugs written around 2737 BC , prescribes hemp resin as a remedy against “female weakness, gout, rheum, malaria, flu, fainting”. Other news is contained in …

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