Weekly News Digest: May 14, 2021
We would like to welcome you to the new edition of our traditional Friday’s Weekly News Digest. Let’s see what has occurred in the CBD world in the seven days since the previous digest.
1. Switzerland is committed to further harmonising cannabis legislation with scientific research to better protect consumers
Our journey starts in Switzerland. The Public Health Committee of the Swiss National Council has continued with its parliamentary initiative, proposing to regulate the cannabis market rather than ban it. The aim is, in particular, better consumer protection. According to Heinz Siegenthaler, Member of the National Council of Switzerland, “the distinction between cannabis and “legal drugs” is not based on the latest scientific evidence, especially since the harmfulness of tobacco and alcohol is not less.” By the way, here, you can read about why the country is the CBD hub of Europe.
2. Poland is moving closer to an agreement to bring THC rules in line with EU rules
The permitted THC level in CBD products in Poland was 0.2%. However, the Polish government has tentatively agreed to increase the THC limit for industrial hemp to 0.3%. According to the source, this change will bring Poland in line with European Union rules after the European Parliament voted last October to raise the allowed THC level for industrial hemp “in the field” from 0.2% to 0.3%. To learn more, you can read the article about the legal landscape of CBD in Europe.
3. The NFL announces changes to its drug policy, with a focus on testing cannabis only in the pre-season
Crossing the Atlantic and moving on to the United States. The National Football League has made one of the biggest changes to its cannabis policy. According to the new rules of the league, players will not be tested for THC until pre-season. The agreement was signed between the league itself and the NFL players’ union.
4. A study says that more than 30% of Quebec’s cannabis users increased consumption during the lockdown
Lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic brought significant changes to our daily lives. A survey conducted by the National Public Health Institute of Quebec showed that around one-third of cannabis users stated that their consumption of the product increased during the period of lockdown. The most significant increase was among young people between the ages of 18 and 34, where 39% reported using more cannabis products.
5. The federal agency sets a new THC standard dose for cannabis research
Finally, some information about a new standard THC unit for further research: 5 milligrams (mg). According to the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse, the unit of measure can be used to quantify the effects of THC. However, keep in mind that this dose is the standard for studies in the United States only and doesn’t spread to the European ones.
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