The Department of Health made the historic decision of making the cannabis derivate cannabidiol available for wholesale distribution in South Africa in May of 2019. However, cannabis will not be totally legal in South Africa until the South African Police Service (SAPS) is fully aware of its role within the new regulatory framework. That role will likely be restricted to those offences relating to Cannabis which cause harm or violate the rights of other citizens.
In its current form, the law allows homes to have dagga stashes of 1.2 kilograms – as long as at least two adults live there. Singletons are limited to 600 grams. South Africans will be allowed to give one another 100 grams of dried dagga at a time, or 30 seeds, as long as they do so for free.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
In general, you have to be 18 or older. In some cases, you have to be 21. In states where CBD sales are legal, brick-and-mortar stores may ask you to verify that you’re 18. Reputable online CBD retailers also have basic measures in place to ask your age.
Most reputable CBD oils include the following information on their labels:
- Amount of CBD as an active ingredient per serving.
- Supplement Fact Panel, including other ingredients.
- Net weight.
- Manufacturer or distributor name.
- Suggested use.
- Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.
- Batch or date code.
Cannabidiol (CBD) without the intoxicating chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) doesn’t impair driving. However, the researchers say that THC itself can produce mild driving impairment that can last up to 4 hours.
CBD will not show up in a drug test because drug tests are not screening for it. CBD products may well contain THC, however, so you can fail a drug test after taking CBD products.
CBD typically stays in your system for 2 to 5 days, but that range doesn’t apply to everyone. For some, CBD can stay in their system for weeks.
CBD and alcohol may amplify each other’s effects, and taking both together in high doses may cause sleepiness and sedation. However, many human and animal studies show that CBD protects against alcohol-induced cell damage and reduces blood alcohol concentration and addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
CBD can alter the effects of other drugs, such as:
- Warfarin – a common blood thinner.
- Amiodarone – a heart rhythm medication.
- Evothyroxine – a thyroid medication.
- Several medications prescribed for seizure, including clobazam, lamotrigine, and valproate.