CBD and Halal? Islam is clearly opposed to the use of drugs unless medically prescribed. That would make drugs, unlawful in Halal culture. So, is CBD Oil Halal?
While CBD itself is still illegal in many places, CBD products can be found in grocery, convenience, and drug stores for recreational or medicinal use. Usage of CBD causes quite a divide in many legal, religious, medical, and political communities around the world.
Supporters of CBD praise the “miracle drug” for its healing benefits on patients with everything from anxiety to arthritis and heart disease. Others remain in complete opposition to the usage of any kind of cannabis-related substance, due to its reputation for having psychoactive side effects.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), the two primary cannabinoids that occur in the cannabis plant, have differing psychoactive and neurological effects on the mind and body. Both substances interact with cannabinoid receptors found all throughout the human body and brain. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for creating euphoria. CBD is the non-psychoactive compound that appears frequently in dietary and natural supplements, responsible for giving the general sense of well-being.
CBD oil is the new herbal remedy made of extracts from the cannabis (or hemp) plant, usually containing less than 0.3% THC, as required by regulations.
There are still many conflicting views as to how and when CBD oil should be used, and whether using the product should be permitted in the first place. CBD oil has become a rather contentious subject in Islamic culture, specifically, and today we’ll explore this gray area in a bid to uncover if CBD oil is Halal.
Is CBD Oil Halal: What is Halal culture?
According to BBC.com, the Prophet Muhammad said, ‘Every intoxicant is Khamr and all Khamr is Haram (unlawful or not permitted).’ This record strongly opposes the use of drugs and alcohol in no uncertain terms. Further readings, curse the producer, transporter, consumer, and anyone who interacts with the intoxicant, at any point during production, distribution, or consumption. So that would make drugs, unlawful in Halal culture. But is CBD Oil Halal?
Halal, which loosely translates to permissible or allowed, is basically an Islamic principle that regulates both actions and objects that are deemed safe to use by anyone of Islamic faith. More specifically, it governs the use of certain foods, herbs, and other aspects related to the preparation of food and medicine.
What Islam says about using recreational products
The term khamr is one mentioned frequently in the Quran. It refers to anything that affects the mental state of a human being. Khamr clearly frowns upon the use of intoxicants of any kind whatsoever, as the religion believes that such consciousness altering compounds are a means devised to separate man from Allah (God). This would suggest that CBD use is strictly prohibited, and punishable under Sharia law.
According to TheMuslimVibe.com, one must refer to Sharia, or Islamic law in order to determine the Islamic position on drug use. Authorities will then review several verses of the Quran, under the traditions of the Ahl al-Bayt, and other Islamic principles in order to offer religious opinion on the subject.
Sayyid Ali Khamenei, head of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was asked a question about the use of such drugs. He said that “It is haram [religiously forbidden] to use narcotics in any way because it results in considerable adverse effects in terms of personal health and social cost.”
Thus, the use of drugs and alcohol are termed as Haram which is the opposite of Halal meaning ‘not allowed.’ Islam is clearly opposed to the use of drugs unless medically prescribed.
A brief history on opiate use in Islamic Culture
According to MidEastWeb.org, The Pahlavi Dynasty enacted restrictions on opium in 1928, criminalizing the sale of morphine (unless prescribed by a doctor) later in the 1930s. Then Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) brought about opiate prohibition in 1955. This act was deemed to promote intensive Westernization, and opium was shunned as old-fashioned, classless, and embarrassing.
Prior to this, alcohol and cannabis were the drugs-of-choice for wealthy elites, and businessmen. Under the shah’s dictatorship, he ignored alcohol use, and punished opiate use.
After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini regime introduced new laws that punished the usage of “western” drugs and alcohol, giving a pass to opium usage as a part of traditional Iranian culture.
This notion was not as open-minded as it initially seemed, however, due to strict laws, limitations, and production restrictions. By 1989 over 200,000 drug users were sent to labor camps, and anyone possessing more than an ounce of heroin would be given the death penalty.
It can be concluded that illicit drug use is strictly prohibited in Halal culture. While cannabis use is not directly mentioned by the Quran, many Muslim authorities and teachers today believe it falls under “malevolent” or restricted products due to the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on the body, and others..
Where the Quran stands on CBD and Halal Culture
CBD oil isn’t psychoactive due to the absence of the high-inducing THC – thus, the product doesn’t alter the user’s mental state, unlike other intoxicants, and would not qualify as khamr.
Further, the Quran adopts a totally different stance on using intoxicants as medication. If there are no alternative treatment options, or cannabis use has been recommended by a trustworthy physician, then the Holy Book gives the green light on such substances until the recovery process is complete.
Furthermore, given the nature of the cannabis plant, CBD oil absent of THC should be regarded as a completely different compound.
So is CBD Oil Halal or Haram?
In terms of THC usage, ‘getting high’ is a definite no for Halal culture and the Islamic religion. But the absence of THC makes CBD oil an extraordinary herbal treatment, as it can be used by people of all ages and cultures. Very much like fruit juice or lavender, it is 100% natural medicine.
Since some CBD products contain only 0.2% – 0.3% THC, they should be vetted to determine adherence to Islamic law. The legal form of CBD, as long as it contains no traces of THC, would not be considered a psychoactive or social risk. In this instance, CBD products are Halal, as it cannot be categorized as khamr or malevolent. It is a non-psychoactive compound extract, and will not place additional burden on the mind, body, or society. However, many of Muslim faith may find CBD oil usage uncomfortable. As we saw with the Islamic revolution, drug use is a slippery slope in Islamic culture. There are very strict guidelines, and anyone of Islamic faith should still conduct independent research to determine if it aligns with personal beliefs.
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