Cannabis E-cigs now on sale in the UK
Cannabis E-cigs now on sale in the UK
Cannabis is definitely a controversial subject right now. As you probably know, there has been a bit of a ‘push’ as of late to legalize hemp and marijuana – both for medical and recreational uses, especially in the United States.
In the UK, it’s actually still considered an ‘illegal drug’ under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Because of this law, it is technically illegal to sell or possess marijuana. According to the verbiage of the law, it is ‘an offence to supply and possess a controlled drug and to supply any article believing it to be used for their administration.’
It is with particular interest, therefore, that we’ve been watching KanaVape – who has recently (just as of January 2015) opened up for business to sell what they’re labeling as a ‘Hemp Vaporizer’.
According to KanaVape, the device is ‘legal, natural, and tasty’. It’s said to provide a way to enjoy cannabinoids without THC (which is the component in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects).
Of course, this has been met with some resistance. The Health Minister of France, Marisol Touraine, said that the product would end up inciting consumption of cannabis, and is intent on approaching the courts to ban it.
“I am opposed to such a product being commercialized in France,” she said in a radio interview.
Opposition to cannabis-based products isn’t anything new. It’s been decades now since Marijuana was first made illegal in the UK. But then again, the tide seems to be changing for the infamous plant – culminating in its literal legalization in many parts of the United States. In 1991, it was made legal in San Francisco for medical use. Fast forward to November of 2012, and Marijuana has literally seen the impossible happen. Both Colorado and Washington in the United States approved ballot measures to legalize it for recreational use.
What’s the difference between this product and a ‘joint’?
It seems like KanaVape takes great pains to separate itself from the ‘E-joint’ movement by stressing that their product does not contain THC. Their product does contain a low dose of CBD, which is helpful for relaxation – but that isn’t such a big deal.
KanaVape touts many naturalistic and health benefits of cannabis on their website. They claim that hemp has been in use for thousands of years because of its health benefits, and that new research points towards the fact that it could truly improve the quality of people’s lives.
There are no doubts about the fact that there are some health benefits to hemp – but it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming future in regards to this story. Will KanaVape get a clean bill of health and sell their product unhindered? Or will officials intervene and shut down the operation?
At this point, there hasn’t been a problem (that we’ve been aware of). As far as we can tell, they’re in business and doing just fine. Of course, it’s still early in the year – so it might be a few months before we know exactly what KanaVape’s long-term destiny is going to be in terms of the UK legal system.
Is it ‘ethical’ to vape cannabis?
The ethics of consuming cannabis have been debated on almost every platform. There are about as many arguments as there are people to argue – but what we can say for sure is this…
E-cigs are a much safer alternative to cigarettes (or cigarette-like products) because they utilize no open flame, create no ash, and release no smoke. E-liquids (at least those made by professional, ethical companies) are made of natural ingredients that have been shown to be much safer than tobacco.
Maybe we will leave the ethics of cannabis up to others – though we will say that we can admire the fact that E-cig technology is continuing to grow and adapt as new ideas and innovative ways to utilize the technology are introduced. What do you think?