Is CBD Legal in Hong Kong?

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IS CBD Legal In Hong Kong?

The term cannabis refers to the products derived from the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana or weed. Many products have been developed from the use of the Cannabis plant, and there has been heated debate over whether they should be legalized in Hong Kong and how they should be regulated.

CBD is another cannabinoid present in cannabis plants but is not a dangerous drug controlled under Cap. 134. THC is a cannabinoid present in cannabis plants and is a dangerous drug regulated under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap.134)

Policy and Legal Framework of Cannabis Products

Hong Kong currently has three laws governing drugs. They are the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap 134), which covers all types of dangerous drugs; Opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap 129), which covers only controlled drugs; and Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap 155) relating to psychotropic substances. Under Cap 134, there are three types of dangerous drugs, including narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, and substances specified by order.

Cannabis products containing THC are dangerous substances.THC is a Schedule 1 substance under Cap 134. On the other hand, CBD derived from hemp has low amount of THC and is not psychoactive. The industrial extraction process efficiently removes traces of THC and other undesirable compounds.

The full spectrum carries the entourage effect, which consists of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, amino acids, proteins and vitamins that are universally beneficial to the body. CBD products labeled as broad spectrum and CBD isolate contain no THC.

Certain drugs are subject to control under section 5, Schedule 1 of Cap 134, even if they are not specifically listed in Cap 134. It includes those that can be used as a precursor or an essential chemical in the production of a controlled drug, as well as those that have pharmacological effects similar to those of a controlled drug. Cannabinoids are not controlled substances because they do not fall into any of the categories listed in Cap 134. As a result, CBD is legal in Hong Kong.

CBD is classified as a food supplement in Hong Kong and thus falls outside of the jurisdiction of the state's medicine laws. CBD products such as CBD oil, CBD isolate, and CBD pills do not need to be registered with the State Council or the Medical Products Agency (MPA).

CBD Policy Worldwide          

In December 2018, after years of debate over CBD, President Trump signed into law an Agricultural Improvement Act known as the Farm Bill. In addition to legalizing hemp, a close relative of marijuana that contains only trace amounts of THC—less than 0.3 percent by dry weight—it also paved a path for legalized medical marijuana nationwide. Currently, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana, while ten have approved recreational use.

Hemp-Derived CBD oil is extracted from hemp stalks or seeds that contain low levels of THC. To date, all studies have found that CBD is non-toxic, safe for human consumption in any concentration, has no adverse side effects when taken at recommended doses. It does not affect brain function/psychological states negatively, although it may interact with other medications. Most importantly, it can be used safely in humans.

Researchers believe CBD interacts with our cannabinoid system to produce a significant array of benefits. According to a 2013 review, CBD oil boasts a wide range of therapeutic capabilities and acts primarily as an antioxidant, neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever), antiemetic (anti-nausea), anticonvulsant and antipsychotic agent.

Countries around the world have adopted a multitude of policies relating to cannabidiol (CBD).  In November 2017, World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recommended that CBD should not be subject to international drug control measures. However, only less than 0.1% of citizens consume CBD, approved by health authorities in some countries for medical use or food supplements. This leaves many nations with strict restrictions, making it difficult for consumers to access naturally derived hemp-based foods and supplements.

Different cultures have used hemp for centuries due to its therapeutic value. Hemp extract contains all active ingredients found in the Cannabis sativa plant, including flavonoids, terpenes, amino acids, cannabinoids, and more. All these compounds are essential nutrients used to maintain good health.

As more people use hemp extract oil, the benefits can include stress and depression relief, pain relief, healthy digestion, and improved heart health. Most countries have laws governing the THC content of CBD derived from hemp. In most jurisdictions, legal CBD products should contain less than 0.3 percent THC.

CBD is an active ingredient in many conventional medications because it produces little to no side effects. However, studies also show that it may interfere with other prescription medicines. For example, CBD may increase your blood pressure levels if you take anti-diabetes medication. If you are using any prescription medication, talk to your doctor about possible interactions before adding CBD to your routine.


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