Although the Qu’ran doesn’t explicitly forbid it, marijuana’s intoxicating effects are highly contested within the Muslim community, which still debates whether the plant’s use is considered haram (forbidden) and whether usage aligns with Islamic values. But CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, can be accepted within Islamic law through halal certification as long as it has zero THC in it. And so far, only one company has officially passed the halal check in the United States.
Made in accordance with Islamic rites, HalalCBD gummies, tinctures and topicals could open the door to a new group of CBD users. To learn more, we caught up with Fareed Syed, CEO of HalalCBD, to hear his thoughts on the growing use of CBD in the Muslim community and breaking cultural taboos.
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