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Learn | 04.28.2022

Is Cannabis Oil Illegal In Russia?

Dissecting Russia's tough perspective on marijuana.

Russia‘s ongoing invasions into Ukraine are nothing but unsettling,

and under President Putin’s reign for the last 20+ years, the country has taken a tough stance on many things that seem somewhat normal in North America and some parts of Europe.

Take cannabis, for example. In recent news, WNBA star Brittney Griner was detained at a Russian airport in February for carrying cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage when attempting to fly home amid the ongoing war. And yes, she’s still there. Situations like this trigger the questions, what exactly are Russia‘s cannabis laws, and are beneficial plant-derived oils legal?

What Is Cannabis Oil?

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Extracted from the marijuana or hemp plant, cannabis oil is a concentrated liquid form of the plant that contains beneficial healing cannabinoids.

The extraction is diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil to help reduce unwanted tastes. These extracted oils are the base of core industry products like edibles, vapes, capsules, tinctures, anything but the flower itself.

What Is Cannabis Oil Used For?

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Cannabis oil can be used for both medical and recreational purposes. The former uses the oil to help combat pain or inflammation from underlying conditions like arthritis, lupus, and more. It’s also used to treat mental illnesses like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In terms of recreational use, most lean towards cannabis oil for a healthier alternative to smoking.

Is Cannabis Oil Illegal In Russia?

Cannabis, in general, is strictly illegal in Russia. The country has not adopted any sort of decriminalization measure, nor does it have a medical program. In fact, sources report Russia has the highest number of people incarcerated for drug offenses, per capita, in Europe. Most of those drug offenses are cannabis-related.

Article 228 of Russia‘s Criminal Code stipulates that possession and use of cannabis can result in a fine and/or prison sentence. And while you might think the country adopted some sort of bill to legalize the non-psychoactive compound CBD, that’s not the case. It’s clear that no matter how much or little THC is a product, all forms of the plant are prohibited.

There’s also no news on whether Russia is willing or looking to adopt a medical program. That said, The Moscow Times reports that Russia‘s health minister is hoping to import marijuana to research its medical value and how it can be used to study drug addiction. But let’s be honest, Russia is clearly focused on other issues at the moment.

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