HHC ban France
An important decision regarding the legality of hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is imminent in France. Health Minister François Braun announced that HHC-based products will be banned in a few weeks. This move has implications for the trade in cannabis products in the country.
HHC is a molecule derived from cannabis and is currently available over the counter. It is often used as a legal alternative to THC as it has similar effects but is not considered psychoactive. In France, trading THC is illegal, but trading HHC has been legal until now. However, with HHC's impending ban, that's about to change.
The ban on HHC in France was enacted due to concerns about the safety and effectiveness of this molecule. It is believed that HHC can have negative health effects with prolonged use. In addition, there are also concerns about the legality of the molecule and the trade in HHC products.
The ban on HHC in France will affect the trade in cannabis products in the country. It is expected that many retailers will have to withdraw their products from the market as they are based on HHC. This will cause the market for legal cannabis products in France to shrink for at least a few moments. It is realistic that the illegal trade in THC products will increase significantly, as these will now be in much greater demand again.
Conclusion on the cannabis legal situation in France:
The ban on HHC in France is an important step towards regulating cannabis products . However, it will have an impact on the trade in these products and possibly the illegal trade in THC and possibly. even HHC products. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop and what impact the ban on HHC will ultimately have on the French and, in the near future, European cannabis product market. We have been assuming for some time that there will be a more far-reaching prohibition policy throughout Europe.
On March 23, 2023, Austria already banned the trade and manufacture of any HHC products.
On March 24, 2023, the spokeswoman for addiction and drug policy for the FDP (federal government) wrote on Twitter that Germany must quickly follow Austria's example.
On March 31, 2023, Switzerland followed suit and also prohibited the trade and manufacture of all HHC articles.