QUJING, China-In China, marijuana is seen as a dangerous narcotic, and
possession is strictly punished. That hasn't stopped the country from
trying to become a powerhouse in the fast-growing industry for
China has grown hemp, a strain of cannabis, for thousands of years to use
in clothing and traditional medicine and is one of the world's largest
hemp producers. The country is using that foothold to churn out
cannabidiol, or CBD, a loosely regulated chemical related to marijuana
that is finding its way into products as diverse as bath bombs and pet food.
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An association between weed and the dead turns out to have been
established long before the 1960s and far beyond a certain ur-band's
stomping grounds in San Francisco.
Researchers have identified strains of cannabis burned in mortuary
rituals as early as 500 B.C., deep in the Pamir mountains in western
China, according to a new study published Wednesday. The residue had
chemical signatures indicating high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC), the plant's most psychoactive, or mood-altering, compound.
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SHANCHONG, China - China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances
are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your
Two of China's 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating
cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound
that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United
States and beyond.
They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for
consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest
drug-enforcement policies in the world.
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