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WE­w ant­c annabis­r egu­lated­no t­l eg­is­lated.

That­is­the­vie w­o f­mem­ber s­o f­theCannabi­s­De vel­op­ment­Coun­cil­o f­S A(CDCSA)­af ter­an­an­nounc ement­b yHealth­Mi­nis ter­Aar on­Mo tsoaledi­thatthe­l egal­s tatus­o f­c annabid­iol­( CBD)had­been­chang ed­in­South­A frica.

CBD­is­a­chemic al­c om­pound­o f­thecannabi­s­pl ant­which­is­us ed­f or­medic­i­nal­purpo ses.­The­o ther­c om­poundis­the­t etrahy­dro­cannabi­nol­(THC), ­ which­giv es­us ers­the­high­s en­sa­tion.

The­mem­ber s,­who­ask ed­t o­r emain­un­named­as­the y­ar e­all­de al­ing­whichis­s till­ill egal,­said­that­whil e­l eg­is­la­tion­had­been­“r elaxed”,­the­l evels­o f­CBDthat­the­“pr epa­ra­tions”­ar e­all owed­t ohave­w as­v ery­small.

“We­don ’t­kno w­why­this­w as­an­nounced­…­it­tak es­us­no where­fur­ther,”­said­one­mem­ber­o f­the­CDCS A.

In­t erms­o f­an­e xemp­tion­g azettedby­Mo tsoaledi,­f or­the­ne xt­12­month­sat­l east,­“pr epa­ra­tions”­c on­tain­ing­CBDwill­f all­en­tir ely­out side­the­s chedul­ingsys­tem­that­c on­trols­dr ugs­in­SouthAfric­a.

That­mak es­such­CBD­pr epa­ra­tionsle­gal­t o­s ell­—­b y­any one,­no t­jus tphar­ma­cists­—­with­out­pr es­crip­tion.

“We­w ant­c annabis­r egu­lated.­It­must­be­s old­and­mark eted­lik e­wine .We­w ant­the­r ural­popul ation­t o­be­able­t o­do­th­is­freely­with­out­be­ing­har assedby­polic e,”­saidthe­mem­ber .

The­mem­ber ssaid­that­s eparat­ing­t etrahy­dro­cannabi­nol(THC)­fr omCBD­fr om­w as“quite­a­pr ocess”.­Ano ther­mem­ber­e xplained­the­dif fi­cult­t ech­ni­cal­pr oces­sused­t o­e xtract­the­THC­fr om­CBDand­said­“it­b asi­cally­f or­ces­peopl e­t be­come­chemis ts”.

Another­mem­ber­said:­“It’ s­v ery­r es­tric­tive­s till­and­un­til­the­l aws­de alin­gin­c annabis­ha ve­been­r emoved,­it­e ffec­tively­tak es­us­no where.­Critic ally,the­c annabis­gr own­b y­the­r ural­c om­mu­nity­o f­South­A frica­will­c on­tainany­thing­fr om­t wo­t o­f our­per cen­tTHC,­which­is­v ery­l ow­in­na­tion­al­stan­dards­but­s till­v ery­e ffec­tive­as­ahealth­main­tainer­and­im­mune­boo ster­and­anti-infl am­ma­tory­ag ent.”

The­e xemp­tion­c omes­with­t wocon­di­tions:­the­max­i­mum­dail y­do se­o fCBD­mus t­be­20­mil­ligr ams­or­l ess,and­the­pr od­uct­c an­not­cl aim­t o­cur eor­tr eat­any­spe­cific­c on­di­tion.­It­ma yonlyad­ver­tise“gen­er­al­healt h­en­hance ment ”­or“hea­lth­main­o­te­nance”,­or­pr omise­“r elief­o f­mi­norsymp­toms”,­as­l ong­as­tho se­s ymp­toms­ar e­no t­link ed­t o­a­dis ease­or­dis­or­der.

Al­ter­na­tively,­manuf ac­tur­ers­and­r etail­ers­c an­als o­cl aim­the­pr otec­tionof­the­e xemp­tion­f or­pr od­ucts­made“from­c annabis­r aw­pl ant­mat erial­and­pro­cessed­pr od­ucts”­as­l ong­as­no­e xtra­CBD­is­added, ­and­the­fi­nal­pr od­uct­c on­tains­onl y­a­tiny­fr ac­tion­o fCBD­( 0,0075%)­and­a­max­i­mum­o f0,001%­t etrahy­dro­cannabi­nol­(THC), ­ the­main­p sy­choac­tive­in­mar­i­juana.

Un­less­r enewed,­the­e xemp­tion­will­ex­pire­on­Ma y­15 ,­2020 .

The­mem­ber s­said­it­is­the­THCthat­fight s­c an­cer­and­o ther­ail­ment s.

They­said­it­w as­dif fi­cult­t o­de ter­mine­the­do sages­in­the­pr epa­ra­tionsaddin­g­that­it­r emained­a­ma­jor­c on­cern.­“Ther e­is­no­t es­t­ing­or­c er­ti­fi­ca­tion­and­unl ess­y ou­ac tu­ally­gr ow­y our­plant,­y ou­ha ve­no­clue .”

All­e vi­dence­sugg ests­that­CBD­is­not­p sy­choac­tive­and­is­nei­ther­habit form­ing­nor­doe s­it­c ome­with­dan­ger­ous­side-e ffects.­Though­e ffi­ca­cys­tud­ies­ar e­no t­y et­c on­clu­sive,­it­iswidely­t outed­as­a­po ten­tial­tr eat­ment­f or­anxie ty,­ins om­nia,­and­chr onic­p ain,­and­is­us ed­b y­peopl e­with­ev­ery­thing­fr om­arthri­tis­t o­s eizures.

The­e xemp­tion­is­a­dr am­at­ic­cha­nge­fr om­the­pr evi­ous­s tatus­quo ,un­der­which­a­spe­cial­dis­pen­sa­tion­was­r equired­t o­us e­any­dagg a-de­rivedmedic­ine­in­South­A frica­—­which­meant­that­as­o f­F ebru­ary­this­y ear,only­56­peopl e­in­South­A frica­had­fully­l egal­ac cess­t o­such­pr epa­ra­tions.

—­Witne ss­R eporter. -

KERUSHUN PILLAY

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