Hong Kong Bans CBD, Forcing Businesses To Shut Or Revamp

Hong Kong labeled CBD as a ‘dangerous drug’

Hong Kong on Wednesday (Feb 1) banned cannabidiol (CBD), a derivative of cannabis, as a “dangerous drug” and imposed harsh penalties for its possession, forcing fledging businesses to shut down or revamp.

Supporters say that CBD – derived from the cannabis plant – can help relieve stress and inflammation without getting its users high, unlike its more famous cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana which has long been illegal in Hong Kong.

CBD was once legal in the city, and cafes and shops selling CBD-infused products were popular among young people.

But all that has changed with the prohibition, which took effect Wednesday but had been announced by the government last year.

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