Products in vending machines contain low levels of THC
Cannabis vending machines will operate in 50 locations in the Czech Republic. Dozens of distributors should be installed in the coming weeks, the first in Prague, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pasohlávky in South Moravia.
These products are sold for their health benefits. They contain very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannot cause poisoning. Rather, they are sold for their cannabidiol (CBD) content, which has been associated with well-being.
Although the concept is new, the Czech Republic lags behind its Polish and Austrian neighbors, where these vending machines have become mainstream.
“In the future, vending machines for cannabis products could be used in gyms, hotels or airports,” CBDmat general manager René Sirý told news server Lidovky.cz.
The machines work like typical vending machines. A person chooses a number that corresponds to a product, and makes a payment.
“So far, only basic products are available. In addition to the buds, there is CBD oil, drops and disinfectants for hemp, ”said Sirý. Three grams of hemp flowers in an opaque bag cost 750 CZK or 28 euros.
He cautions that the products are not designed to be smoked. “Regarding consumption, we write that it is not possible to smoke cannabis, but only to use it for vaporization or as an ointment,” said Sirý. The products are labeled as collectibles.
The THC level in available CBDmat products is just below the legal maximum, i.e. less than 0,3% dry weight. Cannabis products used for psychotropic effects contain significantly more THC, usually around 15%.
Sirý stated that he was not interested in the high THC cannabis market, but rather wanted to sell CBD products with sedative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic and other health benefits. .
“We don't want to be left on the fringes of the law in the future,” he said, adding that the products are also labeled as not for sale to people under the age of 18. Sirý says he is not a pioneer in this area, and e-shops have a long history of selling similar items.
Sirý wants to follow the lead of the United States and Canada, where candy bars, drinks, soaps, sanitary napkins and other products enriched with CBD are sold in vending machines. CBD pads, for example, reduce jet lag and are on sale in hotels.
The law governing the sale of low THC cannabis products is not so clear, however.
While in the Czech Republic it is possible to grow hemp with a THC level of up to 0,3%, the Czech Ministry of Health claims that the sale of products with any THC level, even below 0,3%, is subject to legal restrictions.
“The law does not allow individuals to acquire addictive substances and preparations containing them other than on the basis of a prescription or during hospitalization,” the ministry spokeswoman told Lidovky.cz of health, Gabriela Štěpanyová.