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While it is true that you can pretty much find CBD-infused anything on the internet, a pretty large proportion of those products are dietary supplements or, if we consider their legal status, foodstuffs. As such, they are subject to EU legislation on food safety, which requires that the effects of extended time consumption, dosage limits and such are thoroughly investigated before the product hits the shelves. Since in the case of CBD oils, there is not enough scientific data on these matters,
they are still classified as a novel ingredient and, therefore, an illegal substance to put into any kind of food.
This makes it an ideal active ingredient to advertise, effectively painting CBD to solve a myriad of health problems.
Cannabidiol or CBD has been touted as the holy grail of medicine, a cure for everything from depression to cancer. While the interest in CBD-based dietary supplements is enormous, their consumption is not without risks, warns the EU.
CBD is a pleiotropic molecule – in simpler terms, it does not affect the human body via a singular molecular pathway, but binds to more than one receptor, producing a number of seemingly unrelated effects.
As Telex writes, CBD is one of the active ingredients of Cannabis sativa, along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the molecule responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD does not contribute to those THC-induced highs but affects the human body via the same receptors, named the endocannabinoid system (a term which also includes a number of similar molecules produced within the body), discovered in the 1980s. This resulted in more research being done into the development of cannabis-derived medicines: in Europe, the first drugs of this type were given the green light in the late 1990s. In 2019, as a breakthrough measure, the European Medicines Agency authorised the use of a CBD-based medicament for treating epilepsy in all EU member states.
However, the Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition currently does not prescribe an authorisation process for dietary supplements: distributors are only required to notify the institute of any new products. It is up to the organisations monitoring the market, such as government offices, to intervene in case of an issue and withdraw the offending product, if necessary. Apparently, Hungarian authorities have recently begun a crackdown on CBD oils, deeming several of the approximately 400 dietary products containing the substance illegal, one by one, on the basis of the above described EU regulation concerning food safety.
The same tendency applies to medical cannabis too. While CBD oil (psychoactive THC-free) products are now no longer penalized, they contain plant parts, therefore the hemp flower’s marketing is not permitted, although this is what proves helpful for certain patients. And medical marijuana can still only be used in very special cases and only after a thorough, and complicated administration procedure.
Interestingly, political parties rarely take on any drug-related issues (except for the now-defunct Együtt party) and this is the case right now too. Beside rightist opposition Jobbik’s MP Lajos Rig, only Liberals (with a virtually unmeasurable support) stood up publicly and their leader Ádám Sermer, who is also involved with a pro-legalization organization, urged the Prime Minister and the Minister of Human Capacities not to try to incorporate the medical utilization of cannabis into their drug strategy vision anymore, because the two have nothing to do with each other. ‘Now this is about much more than another infringement procedure because it matters to patients every day. Immediate action is needed,’ he wrote. Meanwhile, some suggest political motivation is behind these recent government statements, suggesting that drug use could be the Fidesz-led government’s next topic other than Soros and migration as it usually is, in order to create a new recurring theme for the public ahead of the next general elections.
Meanwhile, the government’s attitude and drug policies are also something regularly criticized by relevant organizations who lack appropriate professional boards, prevention and harm-reduction programs, and blame the government for preferring police force instead of social care. In parallel, the Hungarian government’s own solution attempt, the so-called ‘national anti-drug strategy’ (boasted about by the Prime Minister himself many times) adopted in 2013 that aimed to make Hungary a completely drug-free country by the end of 2020, was an obvious failure.
Péter Szijjártó made reference to a recent vote of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) that eventually adopted WHO’s recommendations and voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Schedule IV contains the most harmful substances, such as heroin. Important to note, however, that Schedule I already requires the highest levels of international control, meaning that it doesn’t mean legalization.
In response, the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Hungary. The European Commission argues that the European Council had adopted the common position last November which was binding. Therefore, Member States should have voted accordingly. Hungary, however voted against that twice in the relevant UN committee.
Hungarian Fidesz MEP József Szájer resigned from his EP mandate last weekend. Two days later, it turned out that the politician attended an illegal sex party in Brussels, with drugs involved. Yesterday, Szájer apologized for irresponsibly taking part in an illegal event during lockdown. Since then, opposition political parties and politicians spoke on the matter […]Continue reading
In the latest development, at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto on Monday, the Foreign Minister (who by his own admission, has never drunk either any alcohol, or even coffee) said that “unfortunately, what we see is that Brussels supports not only illegal migration but an increased use of drugs.” He explained that “cannabis has recently been reclassified in the UN as an allegedly non-hazardous substance.”