Section 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, however, states that “people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.”
He said CBD oil is also being sold in online shopping platforms.
Cannabidiol is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of marijuana next to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana that causes mind-altering and euphoric effects.
Aquino advised the public to surrender any products containing CBD to the nearest PDEA regional offices.
“While marijuana remains illegal, including for medical purposes, in the country, terminally-ill patients may apply for a special permit from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for the compassionate use of CBD oil,” the PDEA chief said.
Clinical studies found that CBD is effective for seizure disorder and chronic pain. CBD oil may also be used to improve sleep and reduce anxiety and stress, according to Aquino.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Saturday cautioned the public against purchasing Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
Methods of consumption
There are four ways to consume CBD oil– inhalation, sublingual drops, ingestion and topical application.
Medication and side effects
Since February 2019, a total of 792 milliliters and 621 grams of CBD (with THC) contained inside bottles, droppers, capsules, vape juice cartridges, and gummy candies, were intercepted following 14 incidents of mail and parcel interdiction operations in airports and seaports. Two consignees were also arrested as a result of the operations. The rest of the seized packages reflected senders with fictitious names, and were placed under investigation.
“While marijuana remains illegal, including for medical purposes, in the country, terminally-ill patients may apply for a special permit from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for the compassionate use of CBD oil,” Aquino noted.
“That ingredient is still illegal,” Cuy said in a phone interview.
He issued the statement in response to an article from The STAR stating that Greenergy Holdings Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Yakuru Group Pty. Ltd. which recently introduced its line of CBD or medical mairjuana products in Australia.
DDB chairman Catalino Cuy said Regulation 8 Series of 2019 only allows the importation of medicines containing dangerous drugs that are registered in other countries.
Cuy clarified there is no effort on the part of the government to import CBD oil for medicinal purposes.
The article mentioned that the DDB’s approval of a cannabis product for compassionate use could pave the way for CBD importation, subject to approval by the government.
He said CBD oil or other raw materials for marijuana is banned in the Philippines and those found importing the items in the country could face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
MANILA, Philippines — The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) yesterday reminded the public that the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD) is still prohibited in the country.