Medical Cannabis and legal Cannabis: main benefits and legal status
An article by uWeed’s CBD Shop. Why is everyone suddenly talking about CBD and legal Cannabis? In recent years, the use of CBD (or Cannabidiol) has definitely been on the rise. Whether in the form of CBD oil, Cannabis seeds, or CBD flowers. More and more consumers are turning to this legal Cannabis or Medical Cannabis Sativa extract. The reasons are not only to relax and relieve everyday stress. In many cases, the extracts are also used to boost their immune system, as well as to fight chronic pain. Evermore often, CBD extracts are also used to combat the symptoms of serious illnesses such as cancer or multiple sclerosis.
Benefits of Medical Cannabis
An increasing number of countries across the world examine the benefits of Medical Cannabis. Consumers are on the lookout for high-quality products that can help them alleviate day-to-day health issues alongside more serious ones. Over the past few years, Medical Cannabis advocates have tended to present CBD and Swiss legal Cannabis as a kind of miracle cure. They presented it as capable of treating a wide variety of diseases, syndromes, and symptoms. But what is the truth behind the buzz? CBD does indeed have many proven beneficial effects… Provided you buy the right products. Let’s find out more about the benefits of Medical Cannabis and CBD.
Medical Cannabis: the differences between THC and CBD
Despite the growing popularity of CBD, it can still come as a surprise to hear people talking about “legal Cannabis”. Indeed, Cannabis is somewhat infamous, not least because of its association in people’s minds with one of its extracts, THC.
CBD and THC are the two best-known compounds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, which humans have been cultivating for thousands of years. Let’s take a closer look:
Does Medical Cannabis contain THC?
Even today, we think of Cannabis and the psychedelic effects that cause that famous “high” responsible for its status as a controlled substance. However, in many countries, we’re actually thinking of THC. THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), a cousin of CBD, is an active substance or cannabinoid. In large quantities, it alters the state of consciousness of the consumer, causes the “stoned” effect.
When we talk about the recreational use of Cannabis, we generally refer to products rich in THC. Like CBD, THC is consumed in a variety of ways, the most common being probably in the form of dried Cannabis flowers or resin.
But THC is not only known for its psychotropic effects.
Indeed, several countries around the world now allow the use of THC-rich Cannabis for Medical Purposes. It falls under the classification as “Medical Cannabis”. Cannabis is said to have many beneficial effects on health. It can reduce the symptoms of people suffering from epilepsy, for example. In the past few years, some countries have authorized the use of Medical Cannabis for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
The National Health Service (NHS), for example, occasionally prescribes Epidyolex (for epilepsy), Nabilone (a treatment developed to act in a similar way to THC, known as “man-made Cannabis”, for cancer treatment) and Nabiximols or Sativex to help with MS-related muscle spasticity.
However, these treatments are available in rare cases, and when other medications have failed. Many Cannabis users would like to enjoy the benefits of Cannabis without psychotropic effects or risking trouble with the law. Thanks to the increasingly widespread availability of CBD, this is now possible.
CBD Cannabis for chronic pain
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the main compounds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, it doesn’t have any mind-altering effects. It does not alter your state of consciousness or have a negative impact on your ability to do everyday things, such as driving a car.
Moreover, CBD, or legal Cannabis, has important therapeutic virtues. It is not for nothing that has been adopted by more and more people around the world in different forms. CBD has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It also aids to combat stress and anxiety and to relieve the symptoms of some mental illnesses. As we mentioned above, some studies also suggest that it has the potential to relieve the symptoms of serious chronic illnesses. Multiple Sclerosis is one of those.
CBD also has one big advantage. In most countries around the world, it is not classified as a controlled substance. It is therefore easy to obtain CBD both online, in specialist shops, as well as, in some countries, even in supermarkets and general shops.
What are the various laws on Medical Cannabis?
Existing restrictions on the sale and use of CBD-based products in Europe and around the world mainly relate to the amount of THC they contain. Let’s take a closer look at the legislation in the various European countries and internationally:
Medical Cannabis and CBD in Switzerland
Switzerland, was until now known mainly for its chocolate, watches, and delicious cheese-based dishes. Now, however, it is quickly becoming the capital of Europe for the production and export of legal Weed and Cannabis.
In 2011, the country legalized the production and sale of products containing up to 1% THC. CBD-based products containing less than this level of THC are not considered a controlled substance under the national narcotics law, or LStup. Furthermore, possession of small quantities of Marijuana, containing a higher level of THC is no longer considered a criminal offense.
Switzerland also conducts numerous studies on the effects of Cannabis containing THC, which have received significant public support. This progressive attitude makes it a leading country for the cultivation and processing of very high-quality CBD products. You will find a large selection of Swiss legal Cannabis in our online shop at uWeed.ch.
Medical Cannabis and CBD elsewhere in Europe
In France, the use of legal Cannabis is subject to more restrictions than in Switzerland. Until very recently, it was involved in some kind of legal limbo. In November 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected a ban on CBD in France, which should make it easier for french producers and suppliers to take advantage of the increasing popularity of CBD.
In France, as in most other EU countries, the use of legal Cannabis products containing more than 0.2% THC is prohibited. Intensive studies into the benefits of Medical Cannabis are planned for 2021.
The European Union
The recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has shed light on the uncertain status of CBD in the various countries of the European Union. In particular, the restrictions that exist apply, once again, to THC levels in CBD-based products. Those are allowed to be up to 1% in Switzerland, 0.2% in France, Germany, as well as Spain and 0.6% in Italy. In the UK, CBD is sold as a dietary supplement, while in Germany it has been used as an alternative Medical treatment since 2017.
The United States
In the United States, CBD-based products containing less than 0.3% THC have been authorized since 2018. In several states, the consumption of THC is also authorized for Medical and recreational purposes.
How to take legal Cannabis
As we have seen above, regular use of legal Cannabis has many benefits. Those benefits apply to both, physical and mental health. Those benefits are due to the concentration of active, therapeutic, ingredients in Cannabis. But it’s not just a question of taking just any Cannabis product.
The main CBD strains
It is necessary, first of all, to ask yourself why you want to make CBD part of your daily routine. There are two main strains of legal Cannabis to choose from depending on your aims and objectives:
The effects of indica are mainly felt in the body. This variety is said to have anti-inflammatory and sedative benefits. Those make it an excellent option for people suffering from sleep disorders, chronic pain, or arthritis-type pathologies. People seeking to use Cannabis against chemo side effects, Cannabis for cancer treatment, and Cannabis for pain, in general, would be well-advised to opt for Indica-based CBD flowers.
Sativa is best known for its impact on mood. It can therefore be used to combat depression, stress, anxiety, as well as compulsive disorders (COD).
What kind of CBD-based products are available?
There is also a wide variety of CBD-based products. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose between :
- CBD oil
- CBD flower
- CBD-based topical creams
- Food supplements
- CBD or hemp-based foodstuffs or “edibles”
And many more! Here too, it is necessary to define the reason why you want to try CBD. People who wish to enjoy its benefits throughout the day can turn to full-spectrum CBD oil. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a quick, one-off effect, you have the option of smoking or vaporizing CBD flowers. Topical creams are an excellent option for people with localized pain (such as injuries, or sprains) or skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
It is easy to feel lost in front of the wide variety of products available. uWeed offers in its online CBD Shop a wide range of products to suit all budgets and needs. Our advisors are here to help you find the ones that are best suited to your specific requirements.
A more flexible legislative status and the proliferation of very high quality Swiss legal Cannabis products is good news for the growing number of CBD consumers worldwide.