Cannabis in North Korea

It is often reported that cannabis is legal, socially acceptable and widely available in the Democratic Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea). The country remains closed-off and secretive, although occasional reports trickle through from defectors or visitors. Reports vary as to how acceptable cannabis use truly is.

Cultural use of cannabis in North Korea

The first uses of cannabis in Korea were likely to have been as a food and fibre crop. The importance of the harvest to early agricultural civilisations is fundamental, and as a result, worship of deities believed to bring favour to the harvest was universal throughout this period and throughout the world. The Chinese goddess Magu was also traditionally worshipped in Korea, where she was known as Mago. Magu has long been associated with the hemp plant, taking her name from the Chinese word for cannabis, ma, and the word gu, meaning girl or maiden.

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