Cannabis News: Reclassification of hexahydrocannabinol (HHC)-containing products as narcotics under state control and withdrawal from all accessible points of sale.

The Greek Ministries of Health and Justice have adopted a new ban on the substance hexahydrocannabinol (HHC), which is a natural phytocannabinoid found in small amounts in the cannabis plant, in accordance with European and international practices. The substance HHC can also be produced synthetically through the process of hydrogenation of cannabis extracts such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Most commercially available products contain the aforementioned synthetic form of HHC, derived from the hydrogeneration process.

In particular, by virtue of the Joint Ministerial Decision published on 17.01.2024 [GG B’ 287/2024], the substance HHC and its derivatives are included in the List of Addictive Substances within the scope of Law 4139/2013 (“Law on Addictive Substances and other provisions”), as amended and in force, and are therefore, banned from circulation on the Greek market.

In light of the above Decision, all products containing the HHC substance (cannabis flowers, vape pens, e-liquids, e-liquid cartridges for use in e-cigarettes, edibles such as gummies and oils etc.), are immediately withdrawn from the Greek market (both from physical and online stores).

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