Is cbd halal
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However, cannabis and hashish consumed in their traditional form are held to be ‘haram’, or impermissible in Islam, due to their intoxicating properties, unlike CBD.
In the UK, Muslim CBD entrepreneurs are among the leaders of the industry.
The New Arab spoke to Housam Nasr, a Muslim CBD entrepreneur and co-founder of the cannabis PR company, London Canna Group, about this emerging industry.
“We realised how big of a misunderstanding there was around CBD and cannabis in general and we decided that there was a huge need to raise awareness for both consumers and businesses.”
CBD carries some controversy due to its association with cannabis, but it actually comes from the less potent hemp plants and doesn’t contain high levels of psychoactive ‘THC’ tetrahydrocannabinol compound that cannabis smokers enjoy for its euphoric, sleepy effect.
In recent years, it has gained widespread attention in the world of wellness with some users reporting beneficial effects in countering anxiety, seizures and chronic pain, although many mainstream medical studies dispute these claims saying further research is needed to determine CBD’s benefits and safety.
According to Mayo Clinic, CBD use “carries some risks. though it’s often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you’re taking, such as blood thinners”.
Another problem may be the purity and dosage of CBD in products, according to Mayo Clinic, “with a recent study of 84 CBD products bought online showing that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than labeled”.
To demystify concerns about the CBD industry, Nasr’s group organised the Europe Canna Expo last year at the Excel centre in London (which was recently turned into the first NHS Nightingale hospital for Covid-19 patients), bringing together companies from around the world as well as “the leading minds in the field, doctors and physicians who can share their knowledge to the intrigued.”
Nasr was born and raised in London but is of Egyptian descent. He believes that there is a stigma towards CBD in his community, and says it will take time and education to overcome this.
“I have a responsibility to educate and be part of the conversation to mainstream the powers of this plant as it really is life changing,” he told The New Arab.
“CBD is only one of over 115 cannabinoids in the plant, and the more we raise public understanding, the more research is conducted to understand what other ailments it can help with.”
|In the UK, Muslim CBD entrepreneurs are among the leaders of the industry|
While many countries across the world have moved to legalise medicinal cannabis products, Nasr notes that in the UK, “our research is so far behind so many other countries, and in 2020 patients having to travel to get medication for their children is simply unacceptable.”
However Nasr remains optimistic about the future of CBD as the industry grows.
“I feel in the UK the stigma is slowly changing and positive conversations are being held in government to ensure consumers are protected and only the most reputable, safe and tested products are being allowed to be sold by retailers.”
His colleague, Idriz Gashi, originally from a Kosovan background, agrees. “It was very hard to explain to my family what it is that we do as a company and what CBD is,” he said. “They were very reluctant to try it at first but they did and they haven’t looked back since”.
Ruqaiya Haris is Social Media Editor at The New Arab
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CBD oil is sold legally in the UK and could provide Muslims a 'halal' alternative with its reported health benefits.
Islamic Faith and CBD: Is CBD Halal or Haram?
A tricky one that, and as often is the case with religion, a question that can be interpreted differently depending on who you ask.
However, there are some facts of the matter you should be aware of when determining if CBD is halal. Luckily for you, we’ve consulted several sources to help you decide.
So read on to find your answers!
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First, What Is CBD?
To begin to understand whether CBD is permissible to consume in the Islamic faith, it is first important to understand exactly what CBD is.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound that will often be referred to as a cannabinoid, and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Along with CBD, there are many other components found in cannabis and hemp plants such as terpenes. Terpenes are also found in many other aromatic plants and woods.
You can also find flavonoids. These are what give cannabis and hemp their taste and smell.
One of the most known and controversial cannabinoids found in cannabis plants is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the substance in Cannabis plants that causes psychoactivity, or what makes a person feel “high.”
Seeing that CBD comes from Cannabis plants, many people confuse it for a drug or psychotropic substance because of the THC associated with it. In order for any CBD products to be sold legally, they cannot contain any more than 1mg of THC or CBN.
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CBD is said to have many different types of benefits, but none of these benefits have been clinically approved yet and research still remains in preclinical stages. Therefore, no one can say that CBD is going to help you in any way to treat, cure or aid in any medical issues.
However, what we do know is that CBD products contain many different nutrients, such as fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and in some cases terpenes and flavonoids; which can all be of great aid to a person’s daily nutritional intake.
Can CBD Make You “High”?
As mentioned above, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the sole component in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects on the body and creates that “high” feeling. This means that there is no chance of you experiencing any mind-altering effects associated with cannabis from CBD. This also rings true for any products that contain the 0.2% THC limit because of the negligible amount of THC.
As long as the CBD products have been purchased from reputable shops and sellers that can prove the THC content, you can rest assured that there is no chance of feeling “high”.
Many who are concerned about CBD being Halal will argue that any products with 0.2% THC would not be Halal because even any amount of THC would be wrong. If this is a concern to you, then you may want to look for products that are made from CBD Isolate (CBD that has been isolated), or that advertise having Zero THC.
Separating CBD from THC and other components is a tedious process that requires specialised equipment, operators and testing machines, to ensure the procedure has been done correctly. That is why it is very important to source your CBD from reliable companies and brands because they have the means and equipment to isolate CBD. Many of them will also do third-party lab testing to prove the contents of CBD and THC.
Any reputable CBD brand will have third party lab reports to prove the contents of their products. A third party lab report is when the product has been sent to a lab that specialises in testing CBD products and is not associated with any specific brand. This way there is no bias, and you can trust what is listed on the results.
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