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Low-THC Products Are Changing The Way We Think About Cannabis

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Switzerland and Italy are making headlines for selling legal, low-THC weed. Here's how the markets for these products is forever changing the cannabis industry.

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THC simply isn’t for everybody. If you’ve been around weed enough, you’ll have learned that first-hand. Unfortunately, the cannabis industry has been obsessed with THC for decades. Today, however, that’s starting to change, and low-THC cannabis products are taking the world by storm, forever changing the way we think about cannabis.



Ever since the story of Charlotte Figi melted hearts across the globe, people have been going nuts for CBD. Today, the CBD industry is expected to be worth 10 times more than fish oil, with experts forecasting the market for non-intoxicating CBD hemp products to reach $22 billion USD by 2022.

And there’s good reason for all the hype; while we still have a long way to go in understanding CBD, there’s a growing body of research that shows it can have astounding benefits.

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But the CBD boom has done much more than give us high hopes for a tiny, complex cannabinoid; CBD has taught us to look beyond THC and realise that the power of cannabis doesn’t lie in a single cannabinoid.

Thanks to stories like those of Charlotte Figi and thousands of other children like her, we’ve finally come to realise that cannabis is much more than just a few compounds. These stories triggered a huge international interest in cannabis that has helped us re-learn the complex nature of the plant and its role in human history.

Today, we know that cannabis contains over 400 different active compounds which, according to some research, can synergise to create unique and complex effects that range from a psychotropic high to proven therapeutic benefits.



Like in most other countries in the world, cannabis is still illegal in Switzerland. So, how can it be that cannabis dispensaries are spreading across the tiny nation like wildfire?

Well, according to Swiss law, cannabis containing less than 1% THC is completely legal and can be sold in many forms over the counter. Cannabis companies in Switzerland were quick to capitalise on this, and have since hit the market with all kinds of low-THC cannabis products: tinctures, concentrates, and, most surprisingly, even dried flower.

And I know what you’re thinking: But this stuff isn’t hemp. Indeed, this stuff is made from top-shelf, resin-rich strains that have been specially bred to consistently produce less than 1% THC. And it sells for a decent price too; this CBD-rich OG Kush, for example, sells for roughly $7 USD per gram.

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Now, most of the stoners reading this are probably laughing at the idea of dropping that amount of cash for a gram of weed that won’t get you high. But the Swiss market for this low-potency pot has been huge. In 2017, the Swiss Customs Agency estimated legal cannabis sales to be worth around $100 million.

Something similar has happened in Italy[1] following the passing of a new law in 2016, allowing for the sale of cannabis with less than 0.5% THC. Like in Switzerland, cannabis shops started popping up around the country, with companies trying to take advantage of the new law.

Again, the stoners reading this are probably struggling to wrap their heads around this. After all, the concept of buying weed that won’t get you high just seems… a little weird.

After all, the concept of buying weed that won’t get you high just seems… a little weird.

But really, the blooming markets in Switzerland and Italy are teaching us something very important; some people want to enjoy cannabis without the intense, overwhelming high others crave. This is especially true, for example, for older people who are looking to get back into cannabis, or those only looking for functionality as they go about their day. And the industry should cater to these people too. The good news is, they do, and we can expect this aspect of the cannabis industry to one of the avenues that grows rapidly over the next few years — maybe even creating a path for acceptance of strong recreational cannabis.


The Old THC Craze

Unfortunately, the cannabis industry has long been obsessed with THC. Ever since the 1970s and the birth of the famous Dutch seed banks, breeders have been focussed on creating big, powerhouse strains with THC levels of 20–30%, or even higher. That soon caught on all over the world.

Luckily, with the birth of new cannabis markets like those I mentioned earlier, this is changing. People are re-learning that cannabis is more than just a vessel for THC; it’s a plant that has more active compounds than the human body has bones.

And by taking the focus away from just THC, the world can finally see that cannabis isn’t just for getting high. It’s a plant with countless purposes that, for good reason, has long been one of the most important crops for humanity.

Steven Voser
Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an independent cannabis journalist with over 6 years of experience writing about all things weed; how to grow it, how best to enjoy it, and the booming industry and murky legal landscape surrounding it.
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.

External Resources:
  1. How to Buy Weed in Rome: Legal Light Cannabis in Italy - An American in Rome -
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