Something strange is creeping in the Swiss Alps. No it’s not Yeti with a well made pocket knife. It’s Cannabis that has less than 1% THC in it…….No I don’t mean Ruderalis, I’m talking about Indica and Sativa strains. Yes. That’s right the Swiss government legalized Cannabis in 2011, but with that legalization they mandated that the Cannabis to be used had to have less than 1% of THC. Of course here in America we are definitely going in the other direction, making our Cannabis strains very high in THC.
So if this is the case and the Swiss have such low doses of THC then how is the Cannabis market there booming? Well they have genetically sought out plants with high CBD instead. Now most of us understand that CBD is very helpful medically, there’s no debate about that but what kind of a feeling do you get when your strain is very low THC and very high CBD?
Apparently a good one.
In the past year alone, retailers licensed to sell the low-potency cannabis in Switzerland have grown from a handful to over 140. Sales have jumped too, with conservative estimates guessing this year’s cannabis sales will eclipse $100 million.
Swiss regulations say that legal cannabis has to have less than 1% THC, but it’s CBD levels that are getting Swiss customers excited. Known for its healing properties and medicinal benefits, growers in Switzerland are isolating cannabis genetics and cultivating strains specially made for high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD. For Switzerland’s new potheads, that means relief from all sorts of ailments, for those young and old.