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CBD takes root in Japan as gov't mulls easing laws for cannabis meds

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an extract of the cannabis plant devoid of its psychoactive properties,

With this and the article about prosecutions over mosaics, Japan is carving a nice niche for itself in perfecting pleasure-eliminating tech.

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""Some are also calling for CBD products and potential medications that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, to be made available in Japan. The constituent is responsible for cannabis' psychoactive properties that make people feel "high.""

Anyone who has any doubt about what these product will do to any society just go visit any major cities in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, where people are literally dying on the streets.

San Francisco downtown is now a large camping site for drug addicts and the city mayor is calling a state of emergency to deal with the situation.

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Once it get the attention of J-Pharma, The law will change,,,banning it completely. Money dictates policy not common sense or care for the population in Japan.

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Japan Tobacco will fight it, tooth and nail.... until they buy IN that is

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This is great news!

don’t criticize it!

legalize it!!

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"SLOWLY I turned, step by step..." The Nihon Ethanol industry must be getting VERY nervous...

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Cannabis is the poster child for drugs but the U.S. "War on Drugs" is the child abuser. The U.S. 'drug' epidemic began with the U.S. banning Cannabis because it was thought to lead to 'independent thinking' on the part of 'disobedient' classes of people (Blacks, principally). When Cannabis became predictably more popular in the postRightwing 1960's, the 'War on Drugs' was initiated and has resulted in the explosive proliferation of quantities and types of VERY poisonous drugs available to the poor and the rich with Cannabis becoming a 'second-thought' in the epidemic among the poor and the rich of poisonous intoxication with much more powerful, destructive, and poisonous substances introduced by the massive monies and organizations originally made rich by Cannabis interdiction whose under the table contributions to the U.S. Congress prolong one of the MOST FAILED and MOST DESTRUCTIVE policies in U.S. history. Cannabis has an 8000 year DOCUMENTED history of beneficial use by Humans, is the main medicine-of-choice among the mentally ill to quell their symptoms, and, for which, interdiction has created a monster of other poisons that cripple and destroy their users. For the ever naive, it is still a [cue scary music] DRUG. For the peaceable, it is just relaxation...

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Once it get the attention of J-Pharma, The law will change,,,banning it completely. Money dictates policy not common sense or care for the population in Japan.

> Japan Tobacco will fight it, tooth and nail.... until they buy IN that is

Well said! Agree with both of you!

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MarkToday  07:24 am JST

""Some are also calling for CBD products and potential medications that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, to be made available in Japan. The constituent is responsible for cannabis' psychoactive properties that make people feel "high.""

Anyone who has any doubt about what these product will do to any society just go visit any major cities in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, where people are literally dying on the streets.

San Francisco downtown is now a large camping site for drug addicts and the city mayor is calling a state of emergency to deal with the situation.

What you're describing is the result of collusion between the US gov't and the pharma industry regarding prescription opioids such Fentanyl and Oxycodone not marijuana. Those are prescription medication addicts because pharma flooded the market. You're just spreading uneducated, misinformation.

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WA4TKGToday  07:41 am JST

Japan Tobacco will fight it, tooth and nail.... until they buy IN that is

Big tobacco companies like Philip Morris are already getting ready for their next cash crop and you can bet so is JT.

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please please please

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Will this help me relax and enjoy long and useless meetings that run over time without any comment by anyone, and power harassment? If so, then count me in.

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Will this help me relax and enjoy long and useless meetings that run over time without any comment by anyone, and power harassment? If so, then count me in.

I think it will help you care less

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Will this help me relax and enjoy long and useless meetings that run over time without any comment by anyone, and power harassment? If so, then count me in.

I think it will help you care less

Could you imagine every salaryman taking CBD? Going to work and acting like Peter Gibbons from Office Space. That would be hilarious!

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Can't we just all get a bong!?

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Just say NO!

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Anything that helps people with medical conditions should be allowed with long term medical trials.

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Hay Japan Tobacco, you better do something or everyone is going to go spend all their money going to Thailand (again)

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Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Shigeyuki Goto has said the government will "strengthen crackdowns and promote comprehensive measures" against drug abuse.

There are approximately 1000000 other issues that present a greater threat to Japan. Choose a different battle.

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But there "IS" THC in the stalks of the cannabis plant but not in the stalks of hemp !

Strains of cannabis that are cultivated for THC are not Hemp .

Hemp is grown for fiber or to rejuvenate contaminated soils.

I think the author is confused between cannabis strains that contain THC and cannabis strains that are grown for the CBD that mostly comes from the flower.

I used to work in a licensed farm that grew CBD cannabis flowers for extract and no they do not get you high as the THC content is extremely miniscule .

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My Japanese coworkers equate cannabis with meth and heroin. Incredible. Then they all go out on a Friday and get drunk to the point of vomiting and falling down.

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A cup of lemongrass or hops tea is just as effective and much more affordable.

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Alcohol/tobacco is legal so why not cannabis?

How many people die from alcohol/tabacco each year? Over 100,000

How many dies from cannabis?

Zero.

So why not make it legal? Oh that's right. Corruption from big phama and tobacco companies. Pay big money to japan so called leaders to keep it illegal.

Great shame cause japan economy Is at its weakest since 2002, this would help with generating tax revenue from shops and they will be way more tourists holidaying in japan.

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I have been using weed here (legally) in Florida for about two years since they started issuing licenses for medical use.

I have half a dozen reasons, you only need one.

Since I stopped smoking, my blood pressure has skyrocketed, I can't sleep and again suffer from nausea due to diverticulitis...and still you are labeled as a "Drug User"

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Why did you stop smoking then?

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Government jobs still have urine test = no job, secret clearance involved

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Will this help me relax and enjoy long and useless meetings that run over time without any comment by anyone, and power harassment? If so, then count me in.

I think it will help you care less

Could you imagine every salaryman taking CBD? Going to work and acting like Peter Gibbons from Office Space. That would be hilarious!

I can! Maybe i can make my first Japanese male friend

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Hypocrites.

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FYI - Cannabis doesn't compete with tobacco. Nobody is going to be smoking 20-40 joints per day. Japan Tobacco has no reason to fight cannabis legalization.

Alcohol and Pharma industries, otoh....

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The Japanese government's stance towards cannabis and other evil drugs has been exemplary. By even considering CBD, it is putting Japan on the slippery slope down towards mayhem.

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As long as it does not make people high.

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Hopefully the dogs at Narita can't distinguish CBD gummies from weed gummies with THC and they get all confused, allowing people to bring the latter into the country to enjoy on our travels in Japan.

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The above might be possible, as the dogs can likely be trained to sniff those out. Of course, hypothetically vacuum sealing in plastic bags, stuffing them in coffee cans or something . . .

At the same time, the dogs at Narita are trained to sniff out coffee; try a dry run with 3-4 bags of coffee in a suitcase and see what happens.

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remains highly illegal in Japan, stemming from a law enacted in 1948 criminalizing cannabis following the end of World War II and subsequent U.S. occupation.

Way to go Japan! Deja vu all over again.

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Please be careful Cannabis products do not have harmful effects to people . . . . Also see,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)#Legality_by_country

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Japan on THC would be freaking awesome, if it becomes legal here, property prices will go up, people will be happier, tourism will go absolutely freaking insane. Imagine having some edibles and then viewing Mt Fuji. How beautiful and peaceful.

Go Japan!!!

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Just say yes.

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Anyone who has any doubt about what these product will do to any society just go visit any major cities in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, where people are literally dying on the streets. 

GSan Francisco downtown is now a large camping site for drug addicts and the city mayor is calling a state of emergency to deal with the situation.

Complete hysteria. Echos of propaganda of 100 years ago, not even remotely nosed in reality. It’s no different than chicken little screaming about the sky falling down.

CBD is non psychoactive. It does not intoxicate. And the junkies you see in the streets for there from the gateway drug alcohol. Not cannabis. If you want a real world view of how cannabis is in the real world, visit Canada where you can buy it in the shops, people of all levels of society smoke it, and the country is a paradise.

And again, thats cannabis. This article is about Japan legalizing CBD which is doesn’t even intoxicate.

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CBD is snake oil. You're being bamboozled and sold a lie by slick marketeers. The slick promoters claim it cures everything. Heck they sell CBD infused stuff for pets too. It's all a bunch of marketing with no real science behind it like the gluten free craze. Unless you have an allergy or some other physical condition that causes you to have a bad reaction, gluten is actually necessary for good health. But you would never know that from the crap you read everywhere. Same thing with CBD. Be critical. CBD doesn't cure everything. It's just way for some clever marketers to get you to part with your hard earned.

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CBD is snake oil. You're being bamboozled and sold a lie by slick marketeers. The slick promoters claim it cures everything.

Maybe some of the unscrupulous ones. But I think what's more likely is that most have been accurate as to what is known about CBD, and you have turned it rhetorical, as so many anti-cannabis people are prone to do.

As for what we know it absolutely can do, Harvard Medical says this (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476)

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, stop them altogether. Epidiolex, which contains CBD, is the first cannabis-derived medicine approved by the FDA for these conditions.

And then what studies have shown it might do, which is likely what you read before turning it rhetorical, is:

Animal studies, and self-reports or research in humans, suggest CBD may also help with:

Anxiety Studies and clinical trials are exploring the common report that CBD can reduce anxiety.

Insomnia. Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

Chronic pain. Further human studies are needed to substantiate claims that CBD helps control pain. One animal study from the European Journal of Pain suggests CBD could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis when applied to skin. Other research identifies how CBD may inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are difficult treat.

Addiction. CBD can help lower cravings for tobacco and heroin under certain conditions, according to some research in humans. Animal models of addiction suggest it may also help lessen cravings for alcohol, cannabis, opiates, and stimulants.

Finally, Harvard gives a real-world balanced closing to their article:

Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer or COVID-19, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may prove to be a helpful, relatively non-toxic option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies, we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD currently is typically available as an unregulated supplement, it’s hard to know exactly what you are getting.

If you decide to try CBD, make sure you are getting it from a reputable source. And talk with your doctor to make sure that it won’t affect any other medicines you take.

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Mark July 4 07:24 am JST

Anyone who has any doubt about what these product will do to any society just go visit any major cities in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, where people are literally dying on the streets.

Bwahahahahahahaha!

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