What is Hemp?
To avoid any misconceptions, we do not support illegal
activity such as possession, manufacturing or distribution
of illegal substances. Our purpose is only to educate,
to empower people to make rational choices for sane
We are a group of private individuals researching and
publishing information about all aspects of Hemp in Japan.
We created this website to share information that we and our
contributors have collected.
Since hemp and "drugs" are a taboo subject in Japan,
very little information is available about it to the
general public in Japan (or about Japanese hemp outside
of Japan). Accurate information is essential for making
public policy since policies based on prejudice and
misinformation will only breed injustice and failure.
The character for MA/asa = hemp is an ancient Chinese
pictogram. It is composed of the madare radical
(top and left) which represents a tilted roof and is
used in the characters for words such as "house",
"shop", "to live", etc.
Under the "roof" are two small characters
for "tree" which by themselves mean "small forest".
Basically the character for hemp expresses the idea
of a "small forest in or at one's house", a "domestic
forest". This indicates that hemp must have been one
of the earliest plants cultivated in ancient China,
from where the Japanese writing system originated.
Related characters are the ones for "to rub, scratch",
"to brush, polish" as well as "demon, evil spirit"
which is used in "magic", "witch", "devil" and
"obstacle". This is because hemp was believed to keep
away evil spirits, which is why it was used in many
religious functions in the Shinto religion.
Taima is a Japanese word meaning "tall hemp", which means
cannabis as opposed to other hemp-like plants such as
flax or jute which are also often referred to by the
more generic "asa". "Taima" is the legal term used
in the relevant Japanese cannabis laws. The word is
written using the characters DAI/TAI/oki = big and
MA/asa = hemp.
Note: taima.org does not encourage the use of any drugs,
licit or illicit. It is not our aim to increase the
number of cannabis users, but to promote tolerance,
moderation and education.
If you're searching for someone who sells illegal substances
or for places where wild cannabis plants grow, we can not help you.
We're working to change the law, not to break it.
If you want to grow cannabis you should apply for cannabis license which can be issued by the governor of the prefecture where you live.
If you grow or possess cannabis without a license you can go to prison for many years.
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