CANNADOURO happens in a country, Portugal, and a city, Oporto, with a long historical relation with Hemp, from growth to transformation and different uses, namely at the time of the Great Navigators. Using the Douro River as a natural route, the Hemp grown in the north-eastern region of Trás-os-Montes was brought to the coast, untreated or transformed in rope, sail fabric or sealing fibres for the caravels that took the navigators all around the world in the 16th century.
CannaDouro will reactivate this historic connection between Oporto and Portugal with HEMP in its three main current trades:
The INDUSTRIAL USE of hemp in Portugal is now extinct, although the technological and environmental potential benefits of this natural renewable resource are most significant, and widely explored worldwide.
However, in the recreational and therapeutical segments, the reality is quite diferent.
Hemp RECREATIONAL USE and SELF-CULTIVATION are a nowadays widespread reality in the Portuguese society. During the last 40 years, the phenomenon has grown and is now present accross all socioeconomic classes. There are annual public demonstrations for the legalization, and a growing number of political representatives speak out in favour of legalizing recreational and medicinal uses.
According to the “European Drug Report 2015: Trends and Developments” -, published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), an estimated 9,4% of the Portuguese population are Hemp consumers
MEDICINAL USE in Portugal is clearly increasing, and a growing number of people seek Hemp for medical reasons, thus including making hempseed oil one of the most valued natural treatments, as an alternative to conventional drugs.
Several international companies have shown interest in growing hemp in Portugal due to the optimal climate and solar exposition.