Although it is widely consumed throughout the country, the use, cultivation, sale, and distribution of cannabis is illegal in the United Kingdom under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. However, the use cultivation, sale and distribution of hemp is not illegal. Cannabis and hemp are one-and-the-same, but it only qualifies as hemp as long as the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), content tests below 0.3 percent. In the United Kingdom, the non-psycoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD) is recognized as having many health benefits, and therefore is legal. In fact, the first cannabidiol-based epilepsy treatment drug for children was just approved to begin trials in the United Kingdom this week.
A French entrepreneurial team of three, lead by Antonin Cohen, has found a way to introduce the medical benefits of a the cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), to consumers by way of a concentrated oil loaded into vaporizer pens. The electronic vaporizers, called KanaVape have just been released in France and the United Kingdom. Each one will contain 5 percent CBD, and zero THC. The product is not technically illegal because it contains no THC.
All plants used to make the cannabidiol concentrate in KanaVape will be grown only on farms Czech Republic, France and Spain that do not use chemicals or pesticides to treat the crops. This way, all products remain environmentally-friendly, and safe for human consumption.
Lead developer, Cohen (pictured below), is a medical marijuana advocate responsible for founding a medical cannabis association called L’Union Francophone pour les Cannabinoïdes en Médecine, or in English, The Francophone Union for Cannabinoid Medicines. This association was established in 2008, to promote safe access for medical marijuana patients. The association also aims to educate journalists, physicians, patients and non-patient citizens of the country because most studies available are written in English.
KanaVape was released for purchase in France earlier this week, but the French health minister, Marisol Touraine, objects to this product being being available in France for fear that it will encourage the use of cannabis that contains THC. The cannabidiol vaporizer has not yet received any push back from the United Kingdom, so sales are expected to move forward as planned.