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Pakistan plans hemp production with eye on global cannabis market
Pakistan has unveiled plans to allow the industrial production of hemp, spurring hopes farmers and businesses in the conservative Islamic country will be able to tap into the lucrative global cannabis market.
The move comes as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government struggles to boost the country’s foreign exchange coffers that have been drained by a struggling economy, fiscal deficits and inflation.
“This hemp market could provide Pakistan with some $1 billion in the next three years and we are in a process of making a full-fledged plan for this purpose,” science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporters Wednesday.
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant containing cannabidiol (CBD) which advocates say has numerous medicinal and relaxing properties.
India, Pakistan cities in top three for pot usage despite being illegal
New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan, have ranked among the top three places for cannabis consumption according to data recently released, despite laws against the drug in both places.
Germany-based media campaign outlet ABCD and self-growing cannabis tech company Seedo reported the findings in its updated Cannabis Price Index after aggregating data from 120 cities around the world.
The report found New York had the most consumption last year at 77.44 metric tons of weed, while Karachi, Pakistan, came in second with 41.95 metric tons and New Delhi, India, in third with 38.26 metric tons. Los Angeles came in fourth place, and Mumbai, India, was sixth.
Cannabis and CBD oil use in muslim culture
In an era where veganism and a “woke” mentality dominates the Western cultural climate, holistic health remedies are just around every corner.
It’s no surprise cannabis and CBD alternatives are growing in popularity, even in Muslim cultures where the substance is strictly forbidden. With regard to cannabis, Sharia law has established that the cultivation and consumption of cannabis [shahdaneh] for the purpose of narcotic use is forbidden and considered a sin against the commands of Allah (God).
High and dry: Pakistan’s liking of hash
Niaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. But he also loves to smoke hashish — lots of it.
Despite it being forbidden by his faith, the 50 year-old estimates he spends about 30 percent of his earnings as a cab driver on the habit.
His love affair with cannabis began as an occasional puff with friends when he was a teenager, but has since morphed into a full-blown addiction for the father-of-nine.
“It is a sacred plant. A sacred intoxication,” says Ali, who asked to use a pseudonym, after taking a fresh rip off a hookah packed with pungent hash in Pakistan’s bustling northwestern town of Peshawar.
“It’s like a second wife, this addiction,” he sighs.
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Want to get high abroad? There’s a travel guide for that
From Singapore: “Try wearing clothes that are marijuana related e.g. pictures of weed leaves etc.”
From Cape Town, South Africa: “I bought one bankie, and was caught by police. . . . African prisons SUX. So stay away from them.”
From Baghdad, Iraq: “Go up to most any civilian military contractor, at a good time, and just ask!”
For those who enjoy sampling the local grass as much as other travelers seek out regional wines or craft beers, the world has many welcoming corners.
Pakistani’s marijuana-growers brace for the brutal reality of conflict
Peshawar: For decades, Taj Muhammad Afridi has been growing some of Pakistan’s finest marijuana. By now, at his family homestead in the Tirah Valley in Pakistan’s tribal belt, hundreds of marijuana plants should be full-grown, some as tall as a one-storey house. Usually, at this time of year, he would be ready to produce a sought-after range of hashish. But Afridi’s crops – and those of others nearby that produce eye-popping amounts of marijuana – have been abandoned, and are in danger of becoming another casualty of Pakistan’s decade-long war against terrorism and Islamist militancy.
India, Pakistan among key illicit drug producing nations: Obama
In a notification to the Congress, Obama determined that Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), and Venezuela “failed demonstrably” during the last twelve months to make sufficient or meaningful efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counter narcotic agreements.
Britain’s £13m overseas war on drugs ‘could be helping fund executions’
Richard Branson and former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald lead call for inquiry into Home Office’s support for anti-narcotics operations
Thirty-seven public figures, including Sir Richard Branson, Lord Macdonald QC, the former director of public prosecutions, and Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish secretary, have called for an urgent inquiry into the UK’s role in anti-narcotics operations abroad, which they say have helped to fund executions in countries such as Pakistan and Iran.
How we could harness medical marijuana for pain relief without the side effects
Experts and society are divided on the benefits and subsequent legalisation of medical marijuana.
In North America alone there is deep division with half the statesand Canada legalising medical marijuana while the other half refuses. In the UK it is not legal to use medical marijuana, but ironically the UK is home to the most successful cannabis extract company in GW Pharmaceuticals, who have a product on the market that includes a mixture of cannabis extracts. The success of the company and for the patients it treats strongly suggests the issue might need to be revisited, and at least more research performed on exploiting the possibilities.
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