- Hong Kong announced the banning of CBD in June last year, and it went into effect Wednesday
- CBD has known benefits against anxiety, depression and chronic pain, among others
- The U.S. FDA has also authorized CBD for use against epileptic seizures
Hong Kong has officially criminalized CBD or cannabidiol, declaring it a “dangerous drug,” similar to heroin and fentanyl, just two years after the compound made its way into the city’s bustling businesses.
CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. According to Harvard Medical School, the chemical itself does not cause a “high” despite all the misconceptions about it.
By interacting with neuroreceptors in an individual’s endocannabinoid system, CBD helps regulate movement, mood, homeostasis and the immune system, which is why it is always marketed for pain relief, anti-inflammation, anxiety and stress reduction.
However, Hong Kong introduced the banning of the compound in June last year, and it went into effect Wednesday, forcing CBD-focused businesses to close, despite all the science-backed known benefits of CBD.
According to a Forbes health report, CBD can offset anxiety and depression, as seen in a 2017 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, which tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated situation. Participants were given either a placebo or different milligrams of CBD before speaking in public.
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