Pakistan has allowed the industrial and medicinal use of the cannabis extract at a Herbal Medicine Park in Jhelum. Pakistan science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry took to twitter to confirm the news, calling it a “landmark decision” to join the $25 Billion legal Cannabidiol (CBD) market.
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“Cabinet has approved first license for @MinistryofST and PCSIR [Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research] for industrial and medical use of Hemp… [The] landmark decision will place Pakistan in billions of USD CBD market,” Chaudhry tweeted.

Pakistan has conducted research and will now import cannabis seeds, as per the world standards.

“CBD compound plays an important role in therapeutic medicine. After 2016, a breakthrough research was unveiled which prompted China to set up a cannabis research department and is now cultivating hemp on 40,000 acres, and Canada is cultivating it on 100,000 acres,” the Hindustan Times quoted Chaudhry telling reporters in Islamabad.

According to Chaudhry, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will be around 0.3 percent or below in the production of hemp. The THC is highly intoxicating if exceeds legal levels.

“Worldwide, this fibre is replacing cotton. Clothes, bags, and other textile products are being made using this plant’s fibre. This is a $25 billion market and Pakistan can take a big share in this market,” Chaudhry explained.