Can smoking CBD substitute for cannabis and ultimately is it legal?

CBD is a molecule derived from cannabis that has appeared in some e-liquids for electronic cigarettes, before gradually ending up in the form of herb or resin to be smoked as a joint.

Easily found in self-service, however, can CBD be an acceptable substitute for “traditional” cannabis containing THC? And in the end, is the product really legal?

Smoking is seriously damaging to your health, let’s not forget

Around 66,000 people die from smoking each year in France. The danger of smoking is caused by chemicals added by manufacturers or found naturally in tobacco and hemp. Tar, arsenic, mercury, acetone… the list is long and their combustion thus causes many carcinogenic, cardiovascular and respiratory effects.

If for its part, the electronic cigarette therefore represents less risk by not offering combustion, there are still many uncertainties about its effects on health.

Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis

CBD or cannabidiol for its full name is an active molecule that is found in the composition of cannabis. Once smoked, it would offer relaxing virtues, but without the psychoactive effects usually caused by a more traditional joint.

An observation that is easily explained by the absence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in CBD-based products, CBD in e-liquid for electronic cigarettes or CBD flower to be smoked with roll-your-own tobacco. Hemp is in fact composed of many molecules with different properties and intensities, including CBD and THC, which is the most powerful.

By being less powerful than its famous cousin, CBD therefore does not cause the famous “high” so sought after by smokers. It is thus presented as a “light” cannabis, with relaxing effects, but without the risk of being stone or make a bad trip.

So indeed, CBD can be an interesting alternative to classic cannabis, but only for occasional smokers who just want to relax and who will find it a substitute to reduce their consumption of weed.

For heavy THC smokers, nothing is less certain. It would take a very large dose of CBD to even come close to the effects of THC. Not sure that the regulars swap their cannabis consumption for this new composition therefore.

Legislation for Cannabidiol (CBD)

By not causing a psychotropic effect, CBD is therefore not considered a narcotic, unlike THC. Its marketing is therefore completely legal in the form of e-liquid, but on condition of respecting a very strict legislation.

Indeed, only certain varieties of hemp which are devoid of illicit properties and the seeds and fibers of the plant can be used by manufacturers. The flower, for its part, is prohibited.

This famous plant must have a rate of less than 0.2% of THC and this molecule must be completely absent from the final product for its marketing. As an illicit drug, it is recalled that THC is prohibited for sale.

To smoke CBD in its plant or resin form in a joint, this regulation is not taken into account and there is currently a legal vagueness on this subject. There is no doubt that its regulations will be quickly implemented to avoid abuses.

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