Is CBD Oil Legal in Bolivia?

by in International Law September 27, 2019

In much of the world, people are slowly starting to recognize the difference between hemp and cannabis. While hemp is a type of cannabis, what most people commonly refer to as cannabis is synonymous with marijuana. 

Marijuana contains THC, which is a drug that can get you high. Hemp is often cultivated from strains of cannabis that don’t contain much or any THC. Industrial hemp has long since been used in the manufacture of textiles and in certain types of industry. CBD is also harvested from hemp. Unfortunately in Bolivia this difference has not been recognized and CBD products are illegal at this time.

CBD Oil Popularity On The Rise

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is another substance extracted from cannabis plants. While THC is extracted from marijuana, CBD is extracted from industrial hemp a type of cannabis that doesn’t contain much if any THC. 

Though both CBD and THC are extracted from the same family of plants, they are very different.  They are both cannabinoids that react with our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system contains neurotransmitters throughout our body as part of our endocrine system. However, THC affects the endocannabinoid system by causing euphoria, and it is believed that CBD affects the endocannabinoid system by relieving stress and pain, reducing anxiety and depression, and elevating mood. CBD does not cause euphoria.

In many countries in recent years, hemp has been legalized and, along with it, CBD. Reports of CBD’s positive effects on health have spread globally, and many people are now turning to the substance for these possible health benefits. CBD is now sold globally as tinctures, creams, edibles such as chocolates and gummies, oils, pills, and even dog treats.

CBD Isn’t Legal Everywhere

In some countries, CBD and hemp are still just as illegal as marijuana. In these countries, CBD is either a controlled substance or highly regulated. In the United States, for instance, hemp was legalized by the federal government in 2018, but hemp extract or CBD is not legal in every state. This may be due to confusion over the difference between CBD and THC.

CBD In Bolivia

In many countries, marijuana and derivative products remain illegal. Bolivia is one such country where the growth, distribution, and possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia are still illegal. In many South American countries, the war on drugs is heightened due to illicit activity, and it is understandable that with their drug problems they wouldn’t be open to the cultivation of cannabis plants and the production of CBD products. Legalizing CBD and not marijuana may open up the floodgates for growers to produce more cannabis that is high in THC.

Law 1008

A law in Bolivia known as 1008, an anti-drug law, is responsible for 41 percent of the current prison population. The law was enacted in 1988 and has since become notorious for causing Bolivia’s prison population to skyrocket. Law 1008 is actually in violation of some of the essential freedoms in Bolivia’s constitution, and critics argue that the law targets the poor. Regardless, the law is still on the books, and even people arrested for the smallest of drug offenses face inhumane sentences. The law originally targeted Bolivia’s cocaine problem but has encompassed all controlled substances, including cannabis. While this law is still in existence, chances of CBD becoming legal are slim.

The Future of CBD In Bolivia

The world is changing and many countries have legalized hemp, hemp extract, and even marijuana. It may only be a matter of time before these substances are reconsidered by lawmakers, at which time they may become legal in Bolivia. In the meantime, travelers to Bolivia would be wise to forgo bringing their CBD products into the country with them, or, if they absolutely must have them for health reasons, to carry their doctor’s prescription recommendation with them and only carry CBD isolate which contains pure CBD and 0% THC.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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