Sushant Singh Rajput case drug inquiry puts users of CBD oil on edge – Times of India

MUMBAI: In the wake of NCB zeroing on drug peddlers in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, people dealing in or those who have purchased CBD oil are a worried lot.
CBD oil falls under the NDPS Act. It is learnt that people who have bought CBD oil, an extract of hemp (ganja or marijuna leaves) from online stores are calling their lawyers and enquiring whether they would face legal consequences for procuring it.
CBD stands for cannabido, a product derived from cannabis. CBD oil is used because people believe it helps relieve health problems such as anxiety, depression, heart attacks, joint pains, muscle spasms and insomnia.
Recreational cannabis use is illegal in India, although consumption of bhang (a drink made from cannabis) is allowed, and is a mainstay of certain Hindu religious practices, festivals, and rituals.
Only CBD products extracted from hemp are legal to buy and use in India. These products must have THC content lower than 0.3%. Anything higher and these will be classed as cannabis products.
The problem is that the online stores do not mention the THC content.
“I got a lot of queries from various clients, friends because of the media frenzy. My team found that this oil may not be covered as an offence under NDPS Act,” advocate Ayaz Khan said.
He said it was important to note that the oil was procured from the leaf portion of the cannabis plant, from where bhang is procured.
An NCB official said the use of the oil was a grey area as manufacturers and sellers did not have the NRX mark, a sign that the percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is less than 0.3%.
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/sushant-singh-rajput-case-drug-inquiry-puts-users-of-cbd-oil-on-edge/articleshow/78232154.cms


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