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Is CBD Oil Legal in Gabon?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

Cannabis, CBD and industrial hemp laws are often different depending on location. Many of these laws are confusing and contain little to no valuable information. Oftentimes, people do not understand the differences between THC and CBD.

What is THC and CBD?

  • THC and CBD are both compounds that can be found within the cannabis plant.
  • CBD stands for cannabidiol. 
  • Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound. 
  • Legal CBD comes from the cannabis type Cannabis Sativa L
  • Cannabis Sativa L. is also called industrial hemp.
  • Industrial hemp contains non-detectable amounts of THC. 
  • CBD does not produce a “high”.
  • Users of CBD from hemp do not test positive on a drug test.

So far, researchers claim to have linked CBD with being able to treat various medical afflictions.

CBD products have been linked to helping treat the following medical issues:

  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Nerve Issue
  • Insomnia
  • Back Spasms and Back Pain
  • Skin Conditions
  • Muscular Sclerosis
  • Arthritis

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the compound found in marijuana that creates a euphoric intoxicating effect. It is because of the compound THC that marijuana has found itself on the controlled substances list in many locations.

The Legality of CBD in Gabon

The Gabonese Republic is also known as Gabon. Gabon is a country that resides west of Africa.

Cannabis is illegal in Gabon for recreational and medical purposes. However, in 1910 locally produced cannabis was carried by European travelers.

The African Cannabis Report says that “Cannabis consumption, trade, and cultivation is mostly illegal across the African continent, with strict punitive measures.”

Some facts that are known:

  • Gabon is known for having strict penalties for the use of cannabis. 
  • Gabon punishes the use of cannabis by imposing prison sentences of between 6-months to 2-years.
  • These laws also include the use of CBD products.

Besides being illegal with strict punishments, there is very little information available on the laws surrounding CBD products.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that many countries on the African continent tend to have severe punishments for the use of cannabis-derived products. This means that those who wish to travel to these countries should keep their CBD products at home to avoid facing strict and overly harsh penalties.

While most of the world is evolving to accept industrial hemp, cannabis and CBD products, many countries are yet to reach the level of acceptance that most people want.

Those who use CBD products must ensure that they remain up-to-date on the laws that surround these products in the locations that they live and where they may travel to.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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