Scandinavian countries in Europe have taken steps to stop the sale of hemp-derived psychoactive compounds, most recently hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).
According to Katja Pihlainen, Senior Inspector at the Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea), HHC products have flooded Europe and made their way to Finland. Finland recently classified HHC as a psychoactive substance banned from sale on the consumer market, and Sweden is following suit with its own plans to ban the compound, she said.
Finnish paper Yell Pihlainen reports that the European Center for the Surveillance of Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and its member state agencies said they were concerned about the rise of HHC products on the European market. This urges individual governments to take action. Part of the commotion was about the unknown of the “new” compounds that vaporized, in some cases causing different effects than eating the compounds.
Finland has already made changes. “Burning or vaporizing it can be more harmful. We don’t know how it affects the body,” he said. Pihlainen added that HHC first became popular in the US after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp containing up to 0.3% THC. This is because the law did not explicitly address hemp-derived psychoactive cannabinoids such as Delta-8 and HHC.
Finland is taking the lead in addressing this issue. “If they want to ban HHC as a drug, every country has to do it differently. Or if they want to regulate it, start differently,” he said. Yell.
EMCDDA explained why they are targeting hemp-derived compounds like HHC. “HHC is openly marketed as a ‘legal’ alternative to THC and cannabis in a wide variety of highly attractive branded and unbranded products. These include hemp sprayed or mixed with HHC that looks and smells like “real” cannabis, as well as vape and edibles. Marketing and advertising often directly compare the effects of THC and cannabis,” he said. Document description.
The sale and possession of drugs, including cannabis and hashish, is strictly prohibited in Finland. “Anyone in possession of drugs, including hashish, risks being arrested, deported from the country or imprisoned,” the government said. situation“There are very heavy penalties for drug trafficking. Finnish customs regularly check mail from abroad and anyone who receives mail containing drugs of any kind (including pharmaceuticals) will be Please be aware that you risk being penalized.”
Other Scandinavian countries are likely to follow Finland. According to Pihlainen, Sweden has also started the process of banning her HHC.
What is HHC?
Delta-8 THC and other hemp-derived cannabinoids are “new” in terms of popularity. HHC was first synthesized by Roger Adams in the 1940s.Adams used Delta-9 THC found in cannabis sativa I changed it to HHC.
Adams and his team of students made discoveries that led to important scientific breakthroughs. In 1940, Adams identified and synthesized his CBD. Other findings show a relationship between CBD and cannabinol (CBN) and THC. He also synthesized CBN and THC analogs, including HHC.
Not all hemp-derived cannabinoids are the same. HHC Kart is reported to be stronger than his traditional THC products such as Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC.
But the growing call to crack down on not-fully-understood cannabinoids could pose problems for the long-term viability of the psychoactive hemp market.HHC is rarely specifically addressed. But states cracking down on Delta 8 THC and similar products may eventually pursue HHC as well.