In recent years, CBD and its therapeutic and medicinal properties have been increasingly talked about internationally. In fact, this compound of the cannabis plant is slowly becoming the protagonist of what we could call the “green revolution”. Indeed, more and more people are opting for natural treatments instead of choosing traditional medicine to take care of themselves and improve their health. In this case CBD is proving to be a valuable ally in combating and alleviating some pathologies and illnesses.
Here in Spain the situation seems to be no different.
If you want to know more about what CBD is, its legal framework and where to buy it in Spain, read on!
What is CBD and what is it for?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids present in the plant and is known for its therapeutic properties. Indeed, CBD has been found to be an effective anxiolytic and antipsychotic, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-epileptic, anti-emetic and anti-tumour. It differs from THC in that it is not psychoactive, i.e. it does not alter the mental functions of those who use it.
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The green revolution: CBD
As mentioned above, CBD has become the most famous molecule in recent years. This is mainly due to its versatility as it is not only being expanded and implemented in the medicinal sector but also in the cosmetic sector thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Thus, there are those who speak of CBD as “green gold” due to its infinite beneficial properties.
The legal framework for CBD in Spain
In general, there is a legal vacuum regarding the regulation of the CBD market in Spain. Fortunately, the road towards the regulation of this substance seems to be getting shorter and shorter. In fact, it is precisely on this issue, i.e. on the consumption of medical cannabis, that the Congressional health subcommittee is currently working, and on which it will have to make a decision by 30 June 2022.
For the time being, however, it is legal in Spain to market CBD-based products as long as they do not exceed the THC limit allowed by law, namely a maximum concentration of 0.2%, and are not intended for human consumption, as this is not yet regulated. CBD-derived products can therefore only be sold as ornamental products, collectibles or for topical use.
Nowadays we can find several CBD-based products on the Spanish market, such as flowers, oils, cosmetics, e-liquids, resins, infusions, gummies, and many more.
Aspects to take into account when purchasing CBD
As with any other product, when buying CBD-derived products it is also important to take into account certain aspects to be sure that you are buying reliable, quality products. In this regard, it is important to pay attention to:
- Labelling: it is important that the product is fully and correctly labelled, not only with the necessary information for the user, but also with the corresponding legal warnings.
- THC content: it is essential that the product packaging makes reference to the THC levels present.
- Analyses: if necessary and required, analyses can be requested from the selling company to check the THC and CBD levels contained in the product.
- Cannabidiol: with regard to cosmetic products and oils, it is important to check that cannabidiol is present among the ingredients and to check the percentage of CBD per ml.
Where to buy CBD in Spain
Although not everyone knows it, there are many places in Spain where you can buy CBD. In addition to the numerous online shops that can be easily found by browsing the Internet, there are different points of sale depending on the type of product:
- Flowers: they can be bought mainly in tobacconists, petrol stations, herbalists, vape shops, cbd shops, grow shops.
- Cosmetic products and oils: they can generally be purchased in pharmacies, herbalists, cbd shops, grow shops, vape shops.
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The promising future of the CBD molecule is clear and undeniable, not only in the medical and therapeutic field, but also in the cosmetic sector. Nowadays in Spain we are moving towards greater regulation of CBD, although there is still a long way to go. Indeed, although the marketing of CBD-derived products is legal, there is still a lack of systematic quality control, which gives more security and confidence to users who purchase this type of product.