Legal cannabis products sold on the high street face a crackdown

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Legal cannabis products sold on the high street face a crackdown over concerns that they could cause a ‘high’ for users

  • There is concern about the levels of the psychoactive substance THC in CBD products
  • Ministers concerned about the sale of CBD give the impression of a mitigating attitude towards cannabis
  • People claim that CBD relieves ailments from pain to anxiety, but there is hardly any evidence

Cannabis products sold on the high street face tighter restrictions due to concerns about the levels of chemicals they contain that cause a ‘high’ for users.

The popularity of products containing the cannabis extract cannabidiol – or CBD – has exploded, with stores such as Boots and Holland & Barrett selling them.

But there is concern about their varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive compound that gives a ‘high’.

Ministers are also concerned that widespread sales of CBD products give the misleading impression that the government is softening its approach to the class B drug.

Ministers are also concerned that widespread sales of CBD products give the misleading impression that the government is softening its approach to the class B drug.

Proponents claim that CBD relieves ailments from pain to anxiety, although hard evidence is scarce

Proponents claim that CBD relieves ailments from pain to anxiety, although hard evidence is scarce

Proponents claim that CBD relieves ailments from pain to anxiety, although hard evidence is scarce

Ministers are also concerned that widespread sales of CBD products give the misleading impression that the government is softening its approach to the class B drug.

Police Minister Kit Malthouse wants to ensure that CBD products on the high street do not contain more than ‘an unavoidable trace level’ of THC and other psychoactive substances, collectively referred to as ‘controlled cannabinoids’.

Proponents claim that CBD relieves ailments from pain to anxiety, although hard evidence is scarce.

The Mail on Sunday reported last year how Jacob Hooy’s oil, sold by Holland & Barrett, contained more than 12 times the legal THC limit.

In a letter to scientists from the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), Mr. Malthouse said: contain certain controlled cannabinoids. ‘

He has asked the ACMD to help set a legal cap on the percentage of THC and other controlled cannabinoids in CBD products.

Currently they can contain up to 1 mg of controlled cannabinoids per pack, regardless of pack size.

A government source said: “The minister wants a level playing field so that there is no confusion about what is and what is not legal.”

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