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The new power that cannabis brings to Japan

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Tokyo's AFP commented on the "power of cannabis" at the end of June this year, citing Japan's acceptance of CBD despite the drug taboo. with zero-tolerance laws for cannabis, deep social stigma against the drug and moves to tighten consumption rules, Japan is not a haven for drug users. But the co-product of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-toxic component of marijuana, has caught on worldwide and is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan.

On May 14, 2021, Japan's CBD industry saw new developments. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japan's main ministry responsible for healthcare and social security) officially announced at a meeting that it will further increase its efforts to develop the scale of its application market by abolishing on-site regulations when extracting CBD components from the cannabis plant and will allow the use of medical cannabis products made from cannabis throughout Japan, in accordance with the law. In Japan, cannabis can be used for medical purposes and research, and CBD products can be used as cosmetics, dietary supplements, health products or food, pet snacks, etc. In addition, the new amendments include the possibility of CBD being imported, sold and becoming a pharmaceutical product, and these policy changes have caused widespread concern among businesses in Japan. The amendments to the ingredient regulations state that CBD can be imported and manufactured. Previously, Japanese law prohibited the extraction of CBD from cannabis branches, leaves and flowers, and only allowed extraction from mature seeds and stems. When importing CBD raw materials and products from abroad, a certificate of "extraction from mature seeds and stems" must be submitted to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical in the cannabis plant (specific cannabis), and after extensive research over the past few decades and eventual approval by the World Health Organization (WHO), it has been shown to help treat a wide range of conditions, from skin acne, to anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even pain and sports injuries from heart disease and cancer. With its global popularity, a dazzling array of CBD-infused products are already scattered across the shelves of cafes, cosmetic stores and specialty stores. Tokyo has joined the craze, and there is no shortage of stores in the Japanese capital where you can visit CBD. Many young people in particular have taken a keen interest in CBD, which is being sold in specialty cafes, health stores and even stores at Tokyo's main airport in the form of e-cigarettes, drinks and candy.

Source: Dr. Hemp


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