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The Rise of CBD Oil in Japan

Unlike other countries that used Cannabis mostly for recreational purposes, Japan treated and deemed it a sacred plant. Cannabis had a major part in Japanese symbolism, religion, tradition, and medicine.

In cultural terms, Japan has always had an undesirable view of illicit substances. It includes Cannabis. Though it is legal in many Western Nations, it is not in Japan. Nonetheless, despite 10,000 years of constant use, Cannabis became forbidden in Japan a few decades ago. How did this happen? Politics, war, and international relations, of course. However, times are changing in Japan once again.

Today, CBD and hemp are legal under strict rules, but Japanese consumers find it way easier each year to find CBD products and supplements.

Despite its taboo status, Cannabis, then known as hemp, finds its way in the Japanese market due to its beauty and health benefits.

Although the possession of marijuana can lead to up to ten years in prison, the cannabidiol (CBD)- the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive compound- is legal to purchase and sell— and more and more Japanese are doing so. From treating chronic pain to keeping glowing skin, CBD oil changes the way people’s opinions about the cannabis culture, mostly here in Japan.

CBD Law in Japan

In essence, CBD is completely legal in Japan since 2016. Yet, if you plan to take your CBD products into the country for whatever reason, you should be very aware of the small print.

Traveling to Japan with THC content products is expected to be categorized as drug trafficking, and that is a charge that you don’t want to get involved with!

CBD products that are available and sold in Japan, whether imported or homegrown, are produced to contain no THC at all.

Why Is It Important to Differentiate Marijuana from Hemp?

After centuries of consumption throughout the world, hemp took the number one spot as plant-enemy for several governments in the 20th century. But what led to this?

Hemp and marijuana are derived from cannabis plants, but they have one key difference — their THC content.

THC is the psychoactive compound of Cannabis, and though highly concentrated in marijuana, it’s found in remarkably small amounts in hemp plants — which means hemp can’t make you “high.”

In most countries, marijuana is regarded as a Cannabis sativa with more than 0.3% THC (0.2% in Europe). Any plants that have 0.3% THC or less is classified hemp instead.

Still, Japan’s Cannabis Control Act emphasizes the plant’s parts, irrespective of the THC content. The act forbids the use of cannabis flowers and leaves but eliminates the seeds and the stem. It is because even marijuana plants don’t yield psychoactive concentrations of THC in the stems.

How is CBD oil good for skin?

CBD skincare products are a bit new to Japan, but their exceptional benefits exceed its available products. “The presence of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in our CBD-infused skincare and beauty products keeps our skin hydrated by preventing water loss and encourage collagen production, giving it anti-aging properties,” explained Yoshikawa, the first biracial woman who won the Miss World Japan in 2016. Yoshikawa launched MUKOOMI, her CBD-infused skincare line, earlier this year.

For first-timers, she recommends starting with the MUKOOMI skin serum and MUKOOMI face cream. “Our skin’s health is associated with our mental health, and that is why our MUKOOMI CBD Oil Drops is highly recommended. A few drops throughout the day can help calm the mind, reduce anxiety and stress and lessen breakouts and other related skin issues.” 

Medicinal Cannabis in Japan

Japan doesn’t presently have a medicinal cannabis program. In 2007, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (a Japanese company) publicized that it had licensed Sativex from GW Pharmaceuticals to perform research executed in the US.

Nevertheless, this didn’t lead to the product being authorized for medicinal purposes in Japan. In 2015, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals indicated that its latest trials (about cannabis treatment for advanced cancer) had been inadequate.

In summary

CBD oil is legal and commonly available in Japan—but only if it holds less than 0.03% THC.

It is strictly and strongly enforced, so it’s best to purchase CBD oil products from trustworthy and reputable retailers. A mislabeled bottle could lead you in a world of trouble.

Before you purchase any CBD product, we recommend doing your research about CBD’s effects and benefits.

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