13 Mar Hemp and CBD regulation in Ireland
Whats Is THC and how is it regulated?
The Cannabis plant has many chemical constituents, including phytocannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Pure CBD does not result in THC-like intoxication or ‘high’ effect associated with Marijuana Cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis.
Any Cannabis product with levels of THC over 0.2% is considered a narcotic in Ireland. The Eu THC limit for the cultivation of Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) is now 0.3% THC. Ireland has not yet addressed this in order to comply with Europe.
CBD vs THC Chemical structure
CBD and THC both have the same chemical formula of 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. Both contain many phytochemmicals. Some of those – linalool, α-pinene, β-caryophyllene, flavonoids and anthocyanins are associated with and being studied for cognition and brain health in a number of disease states.