Japan

Fri
26
Jun

Does hemp have a home in Japan?

In recent years, Western countries have been loosening laws surrounding the use and possession of marijuana. The recreational use of the plant is legal in 11 American states, and medicinal usage is permitted in 33. Several European countries have also taken a lenient stance, while others have become havens for drug tourism. In 2018, Canada became the second nation to legalize the plant and allow for a nationwide market.

Thu
20
Feb

Japan Among the Worst Places to Have Weed

It was proven again this week that Japan is among the absolute worst places you can live if you’re a cannabis enthusiast, never mind a tourist, as the story of a father and son from Nara Prefecture has started to make the rounds.

Thu
16
Jan

Athletes Will Use CBD This Olympics And Here’s Why

Thanks to changes in WADA policies, Olympic athletes can use CBD legally for the first time.

A new champion will be crowned when the 2020 Summer Olympics debut in Tokyo. We’re not talking gold medals or world records, though. Instead, a new presence will be felt for the first time legally at the Olympics—cannabidiol, or CBD.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, an organization that monitors and fights against the use of drugs in the Olympics, announced in 2018 that CBD had been removed from its list of banned substances. Since the organization’s formation in 1999, all cannabinoids like CBD and THC had been banned for all Olympic athletes. The 2020 Olympics represents the first games in which athletes can legally use CBD without fear of consequence.

Wed
07
Aug

Japan’s conservative attitude to cannabis is softening

Cannabis has long been part of traditional medicine in Asia. In Japan, the earliest traces can be found as far back as 8,000 BC – this may be the earliest ever recorded. 

It is only since the mid-twentieth century that usage has become heavily restricted, due to changing western opinions and the enforcement of UN drug treaties. As a result, attitudes across Asia have now become some of the most conservative in the world. 

However, that stance is beginning to soften. Thailand’s recent legalisation of medical cannabis represents a watershed moment for the continent as they followed the lead of South Korea, who surprised many to become the first east Asian country to legalise medical cannabis in November 2018. 

Tue
09
Jul

Hemp stakeholders in Japan launch strategy for industry revival

Stakeholders in Japan have launched a “Campaign to Re-Open Japan for Hemp,” aiming to revive the ancient crop for agricultural regeneration and innovation. 

While hemp has a tradition in Japan going back centuries, the country has remained strictly aligned with outdated international norms that conflate hemp with marijuana.

“Our aim is to overturn the present closed situation in Japan,” said Dr. Harumi Kikuchi, Director of the Hokkaido Industrial Hemp Association, which is leading the hemp revival effort.

Goal: 20,000 hectares

“Japan, where the population is aging, is a promising market for hemp products necessary for good health. We need a strong campaign to increase imports for domestic distribution,” Kikuchi said.

Mon
24
Jun

Japanese students more open to use of marijuana, survey suggests

Japanese junior high school students have become more open to the use of marijuana, in part due to the influence of the internet, an official survey suggested.

In the biennial survey conducted last year by the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1.9 percent of about 70,000 junior high school students polled said they do not mind at all about its use or do not mind if just a little is used, up from 1.5 percent in 2016.

While the number of juvenile cases involving marijuana use is on the rise in Japan, of the respondents, 0.3 percent said they have experienced taking illegal drugs, including stimulants. The percentage remains unchanged from the previous survey.

Tue
11
Jun

Tokyo Olympics next year: Faster, stronger, but not higher

The famous Olympic motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger. Next year in Tokyo, it could be shortened to only "Faster and Stronger." Higher is out.

That was part of a warning on Tuesday from Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics.

Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world, but Muto reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan.

Muto said at a news conference that at least one member of the executive board brought up the issue at a meeting.

Thu
25
Apr

Here’s why weed tea is such a hit in these countries

Tea has been around for centuries; so has cannabis-infused tea. It appears the first recorded medical prescription of marijuana, way back in 2737 BC, was actually in the form of cannabis-infused tea.

Fri
29
Mar

Cannabis-derived Epidiolex cleared for clinical trials in Japan for Dravet, Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes

In a departure from general government policy, Japan has approved the cannabis compound Epidiolex for clinical trials in epileptic patients with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.

Thu
21
Mar

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