It’s now legal for anyone to deal in cannabis-derived CBD
– For the next 12 months at least…?
The Department of Health announced this week that Cannabidiol (CBD), found in dagga, has been removed from South Africa’s list of highly-controlled drugs and can be sold legally. It’s no surprise, CBD products have been available for months already.
First of all, CBD is not addictive and doesn’t have dangerous side-effects. CBD is already widely used to treat a variety of ailments such as but not limited to reducing vomiting and nausea, treating pain, relieve anxiety, reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and create resilience to trauma. The legal status of this marvelous compound, CBD just changed in South Africa. However, there’s a catch – the ruling only applies for the next 12 months.
CBD is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant used for medicinal purposes. Furthermore, it is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t give you a high or impact your mood in any way, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short.
So, it is now legal for anyone to sell products containing cannabis CBD. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Thursday. Saying that for the next 12 months Cannabidiol (CBD) would fall outside drug regulations. Anybody may now buy and sell CBD containing products, without prescription. Okay, so does this mean I can farm the cannabis plant in order to extract the CBD compound?
The Chairperson at the Cannabis Working Group. Andre du Plessis told Africa Melane that one specific molecule – CBD – in cannabis is now legal to trade in. He described it as “weird” and rationalized it as “impractical, that they should do the same for all molecules in cannabis.” Du Plessis added:
“The Constitutional Court made a judgment based on cannabis as a whole. When it did so, it included all the molecules in the cannabis plant. The Department of the Health, who at that stage was defending the case to keep cannabis illegal, were the ones who given the opportunity at the Constitutional Court to provide the [proof for] the harm that they claim required cannabis to schedule it is at the moment.”
Furthermore, cannabis contains approximately 300 molecules. Du Plessis says that placing restrictions on a molecule-by-molecule basis will waste a lot of time “just to confirm what the Constitutional Court already said.”
The new ruling now means that, since only CBD received the green light for commercial use. You will have to destroy the plants after the CBD is extracted.
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Written by Mary-Jane, May 2019