What is CBD, anyway?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical ingredient derived from the cannabis Sativa plant that claimed to have a soothing and calming effect on the body. Unlike its sister, THC, the most well-known active compound in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive—it means it won’t make you high. CBD is used in products to lessen inflammation and create a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Recent reports and scientific research prove that CBD can have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on many body areas. This latest research also demonstrates that CBD can decrease harmful oxidative stress while improving one’s mood and healthy relaxation levels.
Medical Marijuana in Taiwan
The production, sale, purchase, consumption, and possession of medicinal marijuana products are considered illegal in Taiwan.
However, the CBD is not considered a controlled drug in Taiwan, but the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act does not permit the cultivation and production of cannabis plants for whatever reasons and purposes and the extraction of CBD. While this is the case, CBD’s finished products can be legally sold in Taiwan as long as it does not claim to have therapeutic benefits.
Medicinal cannabis a category two narcotic: ministry
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that cannabis, which contains cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is considered a restricted category 2 narcotic-like THC.
On the other hand, CBD has potential therapeutic properties; it is not listed in restricted drugs.
Presently, no approved medicines contain CBD; patients with doctor’s prescriptions for drugs containing CBD should adequately apply it to the Regulations on Management of Medicament Samples and Gifts, the health ministry said.
Green Party Urge to Legalize Cannabis for Medical Purposes
In November 2019, the Green Party Taiwan is urging to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, this was the statement released by the party last year.
If the party wins good legislator-at-large seats, it aims to draft a bill to authorize medical cannabis and appeal to the Ministry of Health and Welfare to re-evaluate THC’s medicinal functions CBD, the compounds derived from hemp, according to local media.
When BBC interviewed Lee Ching-chi back in November, the Green Party Taiwan’s legislator-at-large nominee attorney said that she’d known many patients suffering from severe depression and epilepsy are requesting weed to ease their pain.
A study was conducted in 2018 and was published in Epilepsy & Behavior that a group of young epilepsy clients used CBD oil in addressing their illness. Another research study released in the Journal of Epilepsy back in 2017, showed that their seizure was minimized when they started using CBD oil alongside their prescribed medications.
South Korea and Thailand are the only two Asian countries that have legalized pot for medical purposes.
Aside from supporting the legalization of medicinal marijuana, the Green Party Taiwan also promised to re-assess the control of cannabis for recreational purposes.
The ratification of recreational weed hasn’t been accepted in any Asian country so far.
Recreational Marijuana in Taiwan
The cultivation, production, sale, consumption, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are considered illegal in Taiwan.
In Taiwan, cannabis is considered an illegal ingredient, and this law is being taken very seriously by the local authorities. Getting caught with possession of cannabis in Taiwan will make you end up in jail. Since the world is changing nowadays, there’s a big possibility that the law may change shortly regarding the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis.
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