Is CBD Oil Legal In Italy?
In May of 2019, Italy’s highest court determined that the sale of “cannabis light” products was to be outlawed, stating that the previous sale of THC laden compounds went against established narcotics law. In early 2016, the hemp industry in the country sprouted from humble beginnings; during this early market, hemp flowers and seeds would be sold in local markets and cafes, though they were labelled “not for human consumption”.
Since then, hemp and, by extension, CBD treatments had slowly found legal footing as the European Union crafted more liberal open trade legislation for the product. Now, vendors may be found guilty of criminal conduct if they sell CBD or market it inappropriately.
Is CBD Oil Allowed In Italy?
The court’s decision came as a major blow to the budding industry. In 2018 alone, more than three hundred CBD stores opened up shop in Italy, which was 75 percent increase from the previous year. Even in its early stages, Italy’s CBD industry gained an estimated €6.5 million Euro profit in 2018, making it the country’s most rapidly adopted health supplement of the decade.
Before hemp was criminalized in global waves, Italy was one of the world’s top hemp producers in the 1940s. Hemp was useful for creating strong fibers, breathable fabrics, nutritious foods, and wartime composites. Experts believe that fully restoring hemp could prove to have a huge economic impact on the country.
Even Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte distanced himself from the high court’s decision, stating that the legal marginalization of CBD comes completely out of left field and contradicts Italy’s agreements with international law. In Minister Conte’s opinion, industrial hemp with a THC content of less than 0.2 percent should be excluded from the list of controlled substances.
Only time will tell if the court decides to reverse the decision. Some have remarked that the recent legal change is coming from a strong right wing backlash to global drug and health supplement reform. For now, vendors should be very wary and wait until the new law comes into effect. Consumers, on the other hand, are legally allowed to ingest CBD products with minimal THC content.
What Are The Benefits Of Regular CBD Use?
Researchers have studied the impacts of CBD treatments on users’ mental, emotional, and physical well being over the past few years. As more positive news has come out, CBD has gathered mainstream acceptance in many countries around the world. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD allegedly may ease the symptoms of conditions that include:
- Some forms of cancer
- Secondary effects of chronic illnesses, such as severe nausea, muscle atrophy, and cachexia
- Vasoconstriction, one of the precursors to heart disease and high blood pressure
- Cluster migraines
- Poor sleep
- Irregular appetite
- Cognitive decline