Brian Cusack writes…The 19th century. This is when cannabis landed in Brazil, introduced by the Portuguese colonizers. Fast forward, the booming cannabis industry in Brazil aligns with what is seen around the globe. Brazil is one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in South America. Guess what is fuelling the growth, at the same time extinguishing its growth levels?
The state of cannabis legalization in Brazil is somewhat complicated. It is unmatched with that of neighboring countries such as Uruguay that have more considerate regulations. Yet still, there is a sharp increase in the number of medical marijuana users in Brazil. The year 2019 saw the numbers of authorized cannabis patients hit a 13000 high.
You may ask, what is the legalization of cannabis like in the country that is best known for its footballers?
Breaking down cannabis legalization
A key factor leading to many of the cannabis legalization and decriminalization push around the world is the discovery of phytocannabinoids. Many of us can easily understand the different compounds that make up the cannabis plant. Those that interact with receptors in our bodies are the cannabinoids. We are talking about the cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol compounds.
This brings us to two different uses of the cannabis plant that often give various regulations. Today, we even have two varieties of the cannabis plant that are regulated differently. Welcome the hemp and marijuana plants and let us define them.
Hemp- Cannabis plants that have less than 0.3% THC. These plants are a favorite for the extraction of CBD for medical cannabis products.