Is CBD Legal In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo?

by in International Law October 3, 2019
CBD oil in Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Depending on where you are located or where you travel to, the laws surrounding cannabis and CBD can differ drastically. These laws are often confusing and vague. Most of the confusion stems from a lack of understanding between CBD and THC.

What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the compound found in cannabis that creates the euphoric sensation that is often associated with marijuana use. THC is a psychoactive compound.

On the contrary to this;

  • Cannabidiol or CBD is also a compound in cannabis. 
  • However, CBD is non-psychoactive. 
  • CBD comes from industrial hemp, also known as Cannabis Sativa L
  • Industrial hemp has what is referred to as non-detectable THC within it.
  • CBD-derived products do not create an intoxicating effect on users.
  • Legal CBD product use will not make someone test positive on a drug test.

Studies have indicated that CBD may be useful in the treatment of various conditions. Many of these conditions cause chronic pain and inflammation.

CBD may help with the following conditions:

  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Nerve Conditions
  • Skin Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular Sclerosis
  • Insomnia

CBD And The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Cannabis is illegal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, cannabis is considered to be the only “drug” that is produced locally in the DRC, and it is primarily used for local consumption.

Although cannabis and CBD products are illegal in the DRC, a Canadian-based company known as Instadose Pharma Corp, which is the largest CBD oil producing company in the world, has received the only license to cultivate cannabis products granted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Bottom Line

Information is limited on the legality of cannabis and CBD in the DRC region. However, cannabis continues to be illegal in the Democratic Republic of the congo so it’s a safe assumption CBD is not legal either.

Many places could benefit from the economic boost that industrial hemp could supply to their country and the DRC is one of them. It is thought that cannabis was introduced to the congo around 1850. In the 1880s, the People of Cannabis movement made the use of cannabis in rituals popular in southwest Congo.

It is because of vague laws like those in the DRC and various other locations that those who use CBD products must remain up-to-date on the laws surrounding CBD.

Those who travel frequently should read about local cannabis laws and local CBD laws before bringing any CBD products with or without a prescription with them on their trip.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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