ConnectedJapanIt is reported that sodium chloride is ediblemarijuanaA meeting of experts from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare today agreed to regulate synthetic compounds containing cannabis ingredients that cause physical discomfort in gummies. Controls are expected to begin on December 2, and violators will face criminal liability or high fines.
An expert meeting at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare today agreed to add the synthetic compound HHCH (hexahydrocannabihexol), a cannabis-like ingredient, as a “designated drug”, Jiji news agency reported. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is expected to designate it as a “designated drug” on November 22 and start using it from now on. It will be officially controlled from December 2.
After control on December 2, it will be banned from possessing, using or selling. Violators face criminal penalties such as imprisonment of not less than 3 years or a fine of not less than 3 million yen (about NT$640,000).
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare recognizes that products with similar ingredients may be disseminated, and is also evaluating a “comprehensive designation” for overall control of substances with similar composition to HHCH.
The structure of HHCH is similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a harmful ingredient in marijuana regulated by Japanese laws, and which can cause hallucinations after taking it. Although the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare treated synthetic compounds similar to THC as “designated drugs” in the past, it did not regulate HHCH, which changes part of its chemical structure.
According to the official website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, in the laws related to ensuring the quality, effectiveness and safety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, “designated drugs” are defined as “may cause stimulation or depression of the central nervous system”. Is defined in. or producing hallucinations (including maintaining or intensifying the effects), and the use of the substances on the human body is likely to cause health hazards.”