CBD History in Pakistan
As the industrially certified hemp industry blooms around the world, some experts believe Pakistan is missing out. Since the mid twentieth century, the arid land has traditionally been used for growing cotton. However, increasingly hot conditions throughout the years have threatened the commodity’s turnout. This means that Pakistan increasingly imports cotton from other countries as pests wreak havoc.
Experts have recommended for years that Pakistan increase its hemp growth. There are many reasons to do that. For instance, the material can meet the energy gap, produce strong fibrous materials and, most contentiously, derive into CBD products in order to meet the country’s health demands.
Is CBD Legal in Pakistan?
Hemp is an environmentally friendly, low cost cash crop that grows wildly in most parts of Pakistan. Despite its natural presence, over the years hemp has been castigated to the role of an illicit substance in the country. To grow legal hemp, agriculturalists must petition for hotly contested licenses through the Pakistan Narcotics Control Board. Many believe that this regulation unnecessarily fetters hemp, a product which could help reduce the looming water crisis. After acquiring a permit, the purchase, sale, and distribution of hemp products is allowed specifically from medical, scientific or industrial purposes.
It’s currently unclear whether CBD low in THC is legal in the region. However, Pakistan takes a strong stance against high THC content supplements. However, in most places, CBD high in THC and hemp-derived CBD is sold without any law enforcement. Despite a complex lattice of legislation, drug policy concerning high THC CBD remains incredibly lax. Many openly sell it in marketplaces under full purview of the law. By contrast, the penalty for drug trafficking supplements with large THC content remains severe; international vendors with over 1 kg of THC based product could face the death penalty.
In reality, the government has very little control or will to regulate hemp-derived CBD sales and its international import or export. Many want the country to start the process of fully decriminalizing hemp cultivation; however, there is currently no indication that Pakistan officials have taken any concrete steps to implement hemp growing in marginal communities. In short, the government remains mum on the issue of legality concerning CBD supplements extracted from hemp.
Unlike other countries and regions, discussion of CBD has remained sparse throughout Pakistan, aside from the growing discussion of fully opening up the hemp crop production market. A landslide of legal changes concerning hemp production and CBD have torn throughout the world.
The US fully declassified hemp as an illicit substance and recategorized it as an agricultural commodity under the Farm Bill in 2018, essentially opening up CBD to the entire country. Canada followed suit with regulations legalizing CBD and vendors’ access to hemp. The EU led international regulation to allow the open trade and sale of hemp products. Experts warn Pakistan to step with confidence into the market before it’s too late.
Currently, the safest and most legal option of securing CBD products is through online vendors. Street vendors in Pakistan do not adhere to any health code regulations, meaning that their products could be cut with untested, unsafe, and even dangerous ingredients. In our shop you can find CBD products crafted with dedication.