Penalties include up to life in prison and HK$5 million (US$638,000) in fines for importing, exporting or producing CBD. Possession of the substance can result in a sentence of up to seven years and HK$1 million (US$128,000) in fines.
Which suddenly reminds me that I bought a pack of CBD gummies out of curiosity a few months ago at a discount food place in Central. So, in the interests of science and/or not being arrested tomorrow, I try them out.
As I suspected: there is no noticeable effect at all. (Some people say the stuff ‘helps them relax’ – but since I am never not relaxed, that’s irrelevant.) This is homeopathic cannabis. You get more of a buzz eating spinach. It belongs in the same category as tree tea oil, aloe vera, coconut water and all the other fads.
In other countries, it might conceivably be considered a legal high; in Hong Kong, it’s an illegal gummy. (Quite nice gummies, by the way.) In a place where you can get arrested for cartoons of sheep or playing a specific tune – and now having jelly candies – who needs drugs to distort your perception of reality?