Many summer residents and gardeners had to deal with rumors about the connection between drugs and ordinary green parsley. But is there much truth in this information? And how dangerous is it from a legal point of view to grow parsley?
This article will tell you if parsley is really banned in Russia and why it is considered so, as well as if it is a drug.
In addition, you will learn whether you should be afraid to grow this plant by an ordinary gardener, and what will happen if you violate the state ban.
Why did the plant become banned in Russia?
In 2011, the Russian Rospotrebnadzor included several dozen species of plants, including curly parsley (or rather, its seeds), in the list of plants that contain potent poisons and drugs.
This was due to the fact that the seeds of the plant contain certain substances that, when extracted from the seeds, can be used to make drugs. Information about this is contained in These changes were made to the SanPiN "Hygienic requirements for the safety and nutritional value of food" from 2011.
This list contains more than 350 species of plants growing on the territory of Russia. Along with parsley, several more species were included in it, including:
- marsh and cereal calamus;
- cylindrical and Persian (also known as black cumin seasoning) bunium;
- mint quinoa;
- articulate barnyard.
Soon after the news of the listing of curly parsley seeds and the ensuing public discussion, Russian Federal Drug Control Service director Sergei Ivanov urged citizens not to be afraid to grow parsley - a "healthy product" containing many microelements - as a food product.
Is it really a drug?
It is hardly possible to achieve a narcotic effect from simply eating parsley seeds. - this will require a very huge number of them. In addition to curly parsley, there are many other drug-containing plants used for food. It is impossible to prohibit all of them, and it does not make sense.
Moreover, parsley oil, which contains the notorious narcotic substances, is widely used in medicine:
- in the treatment of urolithiasis;
- kidney disease;
- cardiovascular system.
Which, however, does not negate the fact that an overdose of this oil can lead to serious consequences and even death.
Should ordinary summer residents be afraid?
Of course, after being included in the number of narcotic plants, parsley and its seeds did not disappear from the counters and store shelves.
Criminal liability can only arise when the sale and cultivation of parsley is carried out for the purpose of drug production.
Therefore, ordinary gardeners, who grow parsley on their acres without a second thought, have absolutely nothing to fear.
Consequences of violation of the prohibition
If law enforcement agencies succeed in proving that parsley was grown for seeds and precisely with malicious intent, that is, for the sale of drugs. Of course, it is not entirely clear how law enforcement officers can determine what exactly parsley is grown for. Anyway, there have been no precedents of round-ups on summer residents.
In theory, the cultivation of parsley for the production and sale of narcotic substances is punishable under Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. This article provides for punishment in the form of a fine, correctional labor or imprisonment for up to 3 years.
There are more than a hundred thousand plant species containing substances that have a narcotic and psychotropic effect on humans. Some of them are included in the traditional diet of various peoples of the world. Obviously, even by banning and withdrawing from the sale everything that is in any way connected with drugs - for example, codeine cough syrups and a number of other important drugs - we will not overcome the drug problem. After all, demand will certainly remain, and it is he who determines the supply.