Is CBD legal in HK? What is CBD? Your questions answered.
With its proponents claiming that CBD helps reduce anxiety, improve sleep, soothe sore muscles and treats ailments like inflammation, insomnia, depression, stress, skin issues, it is no wonder the growth in popularity and buzz around CBD.
Is CBD for non-stoners? Is it the cousin of marijuana? Why are there so many products around CBD now - from balms by Plant People, to drinks by Recess? How can you use this to support your busy schedules or frequent travel anxieties? What is it exactly?
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What is Cannabidiol or CBD Oil?
The cannabis plant has hundreds of cannabinioids. CBD or cannabidiol is one of these cannabinoids. It is extracted from cannabis sativa. CBD is extracted from the stems, stalks and leaves. It is available in many forms, such as waxes, crystals and isolates. The most popular form and what is also widely available is cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil.
What is the difference between CBD Oil and Marijuana?
Marijuana is psychoactive. This is owing to the psychoactive chemical found in the hemp plant or cannabis sativa known as THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC") is the reason why marijuana is intoxicating. The psychoactive chemical gives the high that one experiences when smoking or consuming marijuana. THC is also available as oil but it is a controlled substance in most countries. THC oil is not legal in Hong Kong.
THC oil is different from CBD oil. CBD oil is derived from the stems, leaves and stalks of cannabis sativa plant. THC is mostly concentrated in the flowering parts of the plant. THC is extracted from the flowers. CBD can be extracted from the entire plant, but the flowering parts are excluded so the THC content is nominal or nonexistent. Any CBD oil that contains THC will come under the scanner. CBD oil with little or no THC is not a prohibited substance or product in Hong Kong.
Who is CBD Oil for?
CBD Oil can be used by adults. It is not recommended for teenagers or minors. However, doctors and parents may use CBD oil for children under strict supervision and the purpose should be stringently medicinal or therapeutic. There are recreational uses of CBD oil but its medical applications are mostly the reason why people purchase cannabidiol.
What is CBD Oil Used For?
CBD Oil can be used as a pain reliever. It is a natural remedy for pain associated with injury by athletes, chronic diseases and terminal ailments. Short term pain can also be alleviated with cannabidiol. CBD oil can also regulate symptoms of depression and anxiety. People suffering from clinical depression and anxiety disorders are often recommended to use cannabidiol. There is some evidence suggesting cannabidiol has anti-cancer properties. Further research is necessary to fully substantiate such findings.
CBD Oil can be also used to cure acne. Cannabidiol has some neuro-protective properties. This should not be deemed as the same as the psychoactive substance THC in marijuana and how it can induce a sense of high. CBD oil does not have any intoxicating effects. CBD oil can improve cardiovascular health and may prevent heart disease. It is anti-psychotic. It can help prevent substance abuse, regulate blood sugar levels and can offset diabetes. It is said to have some preventive effects on growth of tumors and the oil can be used in general therapy for relaxation and rejuvenation.
What are the most popular Cannabidiol Items available?
The most popular form of cannabidiol is oil. Many people use waxes, crystals and isolates. These are more potent than cannabidiol oil. Beginners should consider using CBD oil for therapeutic purposes. It is also necessary to restrict the use of CBD oil to topical applications. Beginners should not consider consuming or ingesting CBD oil in any form without the recommendation and supervision or intervention of a doctor.
CBD oil is available in varying concentrations. The more concentrated an oil, the dearer it is priced. However, it is not always the potency of cannabidiol that determines its effects. CBD oil with a concentration of 5% can be quite effective if that content is pure and has been sourced responsibly. There are various strains of cannabis and not all are equally potent. Hence, buyers should look for credible brands and consider their bestselling CBD oils.
Side Effects of CBD Oil
CBD oil does have a few side effects. Some people experience diarrhea. Many experience changes in appetite. Fatigue is also not unheard of but it is mostly common for people who are currently under strong medication. Based on research, CBD oil is a safe product as it does not pose any serious health risk in the short term or long term. Having said that, consumption should always be done with the recommendation and supervision of a medical professional.
CBD Oils in Hong Kong
The use of CBD Oil for recreational purposes is prohibited. Cannabidiol or CBD oil should not be confused with marijuana. It is illegal to consume, possess or deal in marijuana all across Hong Kong. Only a few exceptions are permitted in which marijuana or THC is used strictly for medicinal purposes. THC is not the same as CBD.
Under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap. 138, Laws of Hong Kong), any pharmaceutical products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) must be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Department of Health (DoH) in accordance with the requirements under before it can be sold or distributed. Manufacturers, importers or distributors of the pharmaceutical products must also obtain relevant licences from the Board.
Pursuant to the prevailing laws of Hong Kong, DoH is the legal authority to ascertain the control status of any pharmaceutical products and to administer the licensing control of these products.
If you have questions on importation of any products which might involve pharmaceutical products and medicine, you are advised to contact DoH direct.
Other supporting materials: See Press Release on GovHK
Where do you buy CBD in HK?
Healthy Hemp Oil presently ships to Hong Kong. MHR Brands also sells CBD oils in Hong Kong. Lush has a plethora of handmade cosmetics, and sells organic hemp oil. KIKI Health sells CBD oil in varying concentrations.
- Note: Regarding CBD legality, it is best to check with local authorities for the latest updates.
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