Afghanistan: Can Hemp Become An Alternative To Opium?

Amin Karim and Babur Kabiri are two hemp growers in Afghanistan trying to convince the Taliban that the plant could contribute to tackling the opium industry—which supplies most of the world’s heroin.

They are working in the organization Hemp Aid, on an alternative certification in Pakistan for exports, and persuading the Taliban to approve the new crop for production in Afghanistan, reported The Guardian, on Friday.

So far, they are working with modified hemp genetics that do not produce THC (the psychotropic molecule in cannabis). One of the varieties produces predominantly CBD (or Cannabidiol). The other variety is proper for …

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