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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance present in Cannabis and is part of the family of cannabinoids. Recently, studies demonstrated various effects mainly due to these cannabinoids (of which THC and CBD are the most common ones), but also terpenes. They are contained in different proportions depending on the strains/varieties. The cannabinoid for which the interest is increasing is cannabidiol (CBD). Indeed, until recently the interest in Cannabis mainly concerned THC or 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and the majority of the existing varieties of Cannabis contained a lot of THC and little CBD. People did look for the 'stoned' effect or  'got high' with THC; there is more to Cannabis than THC.

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Health and Prevention

press release from addiction suisse
27 avril 2017

CBD is on everyone's lips and raises many questions. What is CBD? In what form is it available and what is its effect? What do we know about the risks and what is the legal status? Addiction Switzerland gives answers in a new fact sheet.

Cannabis low in THC and other CBD-based products are being sold legally in a growing number of stores. This (apparent) contradiction between "cannabis" and "legal" leads to uncertainties. And the fact that these products are intended for very different uses is not so easy to accept. This is why Addiction Switzerland has published a fact sheet that gathers the available information on CBD-based products.

Cannabis that is low in THC (less than 1%) is not subject to the Narcotic Drugs Act. However, it cannot be offered as a medicine or as a liquid for the e-cigarette. CBD is thought to have a relaxing effect without causing drunkenness, but the long-term effects are still poorly understood. Although CBD, compared to THC-rich cannabis, is a product with lower health risks, caution should be exercised, especially when it is smoked, as combustion produces harmful substances. Road users should give up CBD because it is difficult to estimate when the legal limit of 1.5 micrograms of THC per litre of blood is reached.

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press release from GREA

A report from the RTS shows that the boom of this "light" hemp is disturbing the police. Solution: the regulation of cannabis, according to professionals.

The CBD boom, which contains less than 1% THC, is not regulated by the Narcotics Law. The police say they are annoyed, according to a report on RTS in Nouvo on 5 March. For addiction circles, this is an additional issue that comes up in the debate. They believe that a solution will only be found within the framework of cannabis regulation.

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