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What’s CBD, is it legal in China?


English name: Cannabidiol (CBD)

Character: Light yellow resin or crystallization


Cannabis diphenol (CBD) is the main chemical constituent of cannabis, a medicinal plant. It is extracted from female cannabis plants and is a non-addictive component of cannabis. It has anti-spasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and other pharmacological effects.

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CBD can not only treat a variety of difficult diseases, but also effectively eliminate the hallucinogenic effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on human body, known as “anti-marijuana compound”.

The advent of CBD

In fact, as early as 1940, CBD was separated from Mexican and Indian cannabis by Adams and Todd, about 20 years before the discovery of THC.

Many good things happened, because of the limitation of the experimental conditions at that time, there were mistakes in the determination of CBD structure. It was not until 1963 that Mechoulam and Shvo determined its exact chemical structures, which are now commonly used CBD structures.

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Since then, Santavy discovered the three-dimensional structure of CBD in 1964 and published its relevant data. Jones determined the crystal structure of CBD in 1977 and reported two independent stereostructures of CBD. Since then, people’s understanding and research on CBD has been on the right track.

Understanding the Medical Value of CBD

Key words: calming, protection

The application of CBD in medical field is mainly based on its protective effect on nervous system. It has stable heredity and good pharmacokinetic properties. Scientists have synthesized a series of CBD analogues through continuous modification of CBD structure. These analogues have different pharmacological activities and can act on different diseases.

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Medical Application of CBD

Analgesic and anti-inflammatory: CBD exerts analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting both cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase, and its effect is stronger than aspirin, which is well known and widely used.

Antiepilepsy: GABA neurotransmitters in the human brain have sedative effects and inhibit the excitability of the brain center. CBD can help control GABA neurotransmitter consumption, inhibit brain excitation, reduce epileptic seizures, and also help improve the efficacy of other antiepileptic drugs.

Anti-anxiety: Endogenous cannabinoid is an important substance that helps depressive patients reduce anxiety, which exists in the human body. CBD can help maintain a reasonable level of endocannabinoid, make patients feel good and happy, and not as addicted as THC.

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Achievements of CBD Application in Medical Field

Charlotte’s Story

One of the most famous stories about the medical application of CBD happened in the United States. An American girl named Charlotte had frequent epilepsy due to congenital Dravet syndrome. At the age of three, her epilepsy seizures had reached 300 times a week, equivalent to one attack every half an hour.

In 2011, Charlotte’s parents took the risk of imprisonment and tried her CBD, a cannabis extract . A year later, Charlotte’s epilepsy seizures had been controlled only four times a month, and she basically lived a normal girl’s life.

According to incomplete statistics, in the United States, medicinal cannabis with high CBD content benefits at least 10,000 families every year. With the deepening of scientific research, the number is still rising.

Neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (NHIE)

In 2015, GW Pharmaceutical Company developed an intravenous injection using CBD, which has been awarded the Orphan Drug Designation (Orphan Drug Designation) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (NHIE).

Note: Rare diseases refer to diseases that only one in 2,000 people will get and cannot be treated.

Epilepsy Sample Test at New York University

In 2015, the Langone Medical Center of New York University organized 313 patients with severe epilepsy to be treated with CBD liquid.

Data after 12 weeks of treatment showed that 27% of patients had a 50% reduction in the number of attacks, and 9% had no attacks. At the same time, CBD is well tolerated, with only 4% of patients discontinuing medication due to side effects.

Note: Tolerance refers to an adaptive state and outcome of the body’s response to drugs.

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“Special Contribution Award” in Cannabis Industry

As a plant with high medicinal value, cannabis has been difficult to be accepted by law and morality for a long time, mainly because of its addictive and hallucinogenic effects, such as THC.

In the early 1970s, it was found that CBD did not possess the same biological activity as THC, but could antagonize the nervous activity of THC in human body.

People began to face up to the other side of cannabis as an angel and strengthen its application in medical field, which indirectly promoted the legalization process of medicinal cannabis worldwide.

From this point of view, the cannabis industry should really award a “Special Contribution Award” to CBD.



Before writing the article, I’ve searched CBD in online Taobao in China. Amazingly, I found CBD is listed legally there. Those CBD oil products are mainly manufactured and shipped from the USA.

CBD is being sold online in the most famous Chinese online store in China – July 24th, 2019

Update: August 8th, 2019

I consulted a lawyer, he said it’s illegal in China, here is what he said:”
不允许销售产品包括但不限于: 1)毒品:如鸦片、吗啡、大麻、杜冷丁、古柯、可卡因、海洛因、冰毒、摇头丸、K粉、咖啡因、三唑仑等; 2)非正规出版的毒品提取或生产工艺、技术书籍等资料; 3)易制毒化学品:如麻黄素、伪麻黄素、去甲麻黄素、消旋麻黄素、甲基麻黄素、麻黄浸膏、麻黄浸膏粉等合并成麻黄素类物质;黄樟油、三氯甲烷;麦角胺;用于制造海洛因的主要易制毒化学品醋酸酐;制造苯丙胺类兴奋剂的主要易制毒化学品麻黄素、伪麻黄素、去甲麻黄素、1-苯基-2-丙酮、苯乙酸等;制造摇头丸的主要易制毒化学品3,4-亚甲基二氧苯基-2-丙酮、黄樟脑、异黄樟脑、黄樟油、胡椒醛;制造可卡因的主要易制毒化学品高锰酸钾;制造致幻剂LSD的主要易制毒化学品麦角酸、麦角胺、麦角新碱;制造安眠酮的主要易制毒化学品N-乙酰邻氨基苯酸、邻氨基苯甲酸;也有制毒所需的甲苯、丙酮、甲基乙基酮、乙醚等溶剂等; 4)致瘾性药物:如美沙酮、阿片酊等。”
You can translate it in Google translate:
According to the law, the CBD abroad is not officially produced drug extraction, which is illegal.
I also talked with the Taobao official. They said it’s not legal. Though there are sellers on Taobao, they’ll delete their listing once found by the official.
However, there are always a few sellers there. And according to the largest China forum, the demand for CBD is high. Many buyers are asking about where to buy but got no answer. Only a few people said they can help to buy it abroad.
The CBD is in the grey area. High profit, high risk, selling it means rich or sentenced to death.
I’m hesitating at the door at the moment, watching the things going.


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