Medical Marijuana, THC, & CBD

Islamic Ruling on Medical Marijuana, THC, & CBD

By Mawlana Mateen Khan, MD

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Marijuana & Cannabis

The term cannabis refers to all products derived from the plant Cannabis sativa. The plant has long been used as a recreational and medicinal drug and is native to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Although it contains hundreds of compounds, most are inert, or their effects are unknown. The word marijuana refers to products from the plant that contains substantial amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis plants containing minimal THC are called “industrial hemp” rather than marijuana.[1] THC is the main active component and is thought to cause all its psychomotor effects. In Islamic scholarly literature, Muslim scholars (`ulamā’) have referred to products inducing the psychomotor effects of cannabis-based preparations as ḥashīsh. A secondary compound of interest is…

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