Islamic Faith and CBD: Is CBD Halal or Haram?
A tricky one that, and as often is the case with religion, a question that can be interpreted differently depending on who you ask.
However, there are some facts of the matter you should be aware of when determining if CBD is halal. Luckily for you, we’ve consulted several sources to help you decide.
So read on to find your answers!
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First, What Is CBD?
To begin to understand whether CBD is permissible to consume in the Islamic faith, it is first important to understand exactly what CBD is.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound that will often be referred to as a cannabinoid, and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Along with CBD, there are many other components found in cannabis and hemp plants such as terpenes. Terpenes are also found in many other aromatic plants and woods.
You can also find flavonoids. These are what give cannabis and hemp their taste and smell.
One of the most known and controversial cannabinoids found in cannabis plants is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the substance in Cannabis plants that causes psychoactivity, or what makes a person feel “high.”
Seeing that CBD comes from Cannabis plants, many people confuse it for a drug or psychotropic substance because of the THC associated with it. In order for any CBD products to be sold legally, they cannot contain any more than 1mg of THC or CBN.
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CBD is said to have many different types of benefits, but none of these benefits have been clinically approved yet and research still remains in preclinical stages. Therefore, no one can say that CBD is going to help you in any way to treat, cure or aid in any medical issues.
However, what we do know is that CBD products contain many different nutrients, such as fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and in some cases terpenes and flavonoids; which can all be of great aid to a person’s daily nutritional intake.
Can CBD Make You “High”?
As mentioned above, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the sole component in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects on the body and creates that “high” feeling. This means that there is no chance of you experiencing any mind-altering effects associated with cannabis from CBD. This also rings true for any products that contain the 0.2% THC limit because of the negligible amount of THC.
As long as the CBD products have been purchased from reputable shops and sellers that can prove the THC content, you can rest assured that there is no chance of feeling “high”.
Many who are concerned about CBD being Halal will argue that any products with 0.2% THC would not be Halal because even any amount of THC would be wrong. If this is a concern to you, then you may want to look for products that are made from CBD Isolate (CBD that has been isolated), or that advertise having Zero THC.
Separating CBD from THC and other components is a tedious process that requires specialised equipment, operators and testing machines, to ensure the procedure has been done correctly. That is why it is very important to source your CBD from reliable companies and brands because they have the means and equipment to isolate CBD. Many of them will also do third-party lab testing to prove the contents of CBD and THC.
Any reputable CBD brand will have third party lab reports to prove the contents of their products. A third party lab report is when the product has been sent to a lab that specialises in testing CBD products and is not associated with any specific brand. This way there is no bias, and you can trust what is listed on the results.
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Ruling on treating sickness with cannabidiol (CBD) oil
Praise be to Allah.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from cannabis, and may contain a small amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a haraam intoxicant.
In the answer to question no. 259044, we noted that it is not permissible to add to medicine or food anything that causes intoxication.
If it is actually added, then the sin is on the one who adds it. Then we should look at the food or medicine: if the amount of intoxicant is so small that it is completely absorbed and no trace of it can be detected, and it will not cause intoxication in the one who eats or drinks a lot of that food or medicine, then there is nothing wrong with consuming it.
Based on that, if it is proven that CBD is not harmful and does not contain THC, or it contains a small amount that is completely absorbed and no trace of it can be detected, then there is nothing wrong with taking it.
Al-Khateeb ash-Sharbeeni (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The difference of scholarly opinion concerning using it – namely alcohol – as medicine has to do with pure alcohol (with which nothing else is mixed). As for medicine that may contain some alcohol, or medicine in which alcohol is completely absorbed, it is permissible to use it to treat sickness, when one cannot find any other effective medicine made of pure ingredients that could produce the same result. This is the same as the issue of using impure substances, such as snake flesh and urine, for medicinal purposes. That is permissible even if it is used only to expedite recovery, on condition that one seeks the advice of a Muslim doctor of good character, or a doctor who has experience in using that medicine to treat sickness.
End quote from Mughni al-Muhtaaj (5/518).
It says in a statement of the Islamic Fiqh Council belonging to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), no. 23 (11/3):
With regard to queries from the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), Washington:
There are many medicines that contain varying amounts of alcohol, ranging from 0.01 % to 25 %. Most of these medicines are for treating colds, sore throats, coughs and other common illnesses; these medicines constitute approximately 95% of medicines in this field, which makes it difficult or impossible to obtain medicine that is free of alcohol. What is the ruling on taking these medicines?
The Muslim patient may take medicine containing a percentage of alcohol, if alcohol-free medicine is not available, and that medicine is prescribed by a trustworthy doctor.
End quote from Majallat al-Majma‘, issue 3, vol. 3, p. 1087.
If it is proven that CBD is not harmful and does not contain THC, or that it contains a small amount that is completely absorbed and no trace of it can be detected, then there is nothing wrong with consuming it.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) contain nicotine, and other toxic substances, according to what we were able to find out. That has been explained previously in the answer to question no. 170999.
Therefore it is prohibited to consume them.
You should beware of being deceived by the advertising of cigarette companies and their claims that e-cigarettes are free of nicotine.
If we assume that it is indeed free of nicotine and other harmful substances, then you still should not smoke it, because that is imitating sinners, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (4031); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood.
Ruling on treating sickness with cannabidiol (CBD) oil Question Answer Praise be to Allah. Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from cannabis, and may contain a small amount of