This follows an announcement made by former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi that low dose CBD products can be legally bought and sold until May 2020, reported Parent24.
Pharmaceutical retailers Dis-Chem and Clicks have rolled out CBD products, the non-hallucinogenic chemical derived from dagga, onto shelves.
Here’s what we found out:
Both Clicks and Dis-Chem said it was too early to determine how well the products are selling.
“All the CBD products listed with Clicks are manufactured in good manufacturing practice facilities, use proper methods of extraction and distillation and have provided verified safety certification,” said Rachel Wrigglesworth, Clicks Chief Commercial Officer.
They can be bought off shelves as long as they contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams (mg) or less, and the product can’t claim to cure or treat any specific condition.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from dagga, has taken off in South Africa since its legalisation in May this year with, among others, pharmaceutical stores Clicks and Dis-Chem rolling out the oil. (Prices start at R295, Business Insider reported last month.)
“As soon as someone is making a medicinal or therapeutic claim to treat or cure a specific disease or symptoms, those need to be registered with SAHPRA, so stay away from products making therapeutic claims that aren’t registered with SAHPRA.”
Buying legal CBD
When assessing the quality, or looking to buy the best quality CBD Hemp Oil, Dr Alison Richardson, neurologist and spokesperson for Oil Science – a company that specialises in the supply of premium CBD products – also cautions that knowing your source is key, and that you should remember the following:
According to the statement, products with low concentrations of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive substance that gives one a “high” – are legal, based on the 12-month exclusion notice published by the health minister in May this year.
Momeena Omarjee from SAHPRA told VOC:
Dis-chem is one of South Africa’s oldest and most well-loved Pharmacy chains, and among the first to begin stocking cannabis and hemp-based products.
Unfortunately, we have not tried Dischem CBD oils yet since our favourite online dispensaries all offer a wide range of CBD products.
CBD oil Dischem price:
Dischem Pharmacies stock a number of cannabis and hemp-based products on their shelves, such as CBD Oils food supplements, topical tinctures, oral tinctures, and massage oils.
They also sell some specialist items such as hemp protein supplements and body washes and are a quality cannabis-based health product provider in South Africa.
Dischem Sells Releaf CBD Oil starting at R500 as Dischem, as well as Re:think for the same price. The dosages start at 400mg which makes them low-cost and great for first-time users. Elixinol and Cannabex start a little higher, at R700.