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Japan Designates Tetrahydrocannabihexol (THCH) as A Controlled Substance

THCH, which was previously unregulated in Japan, has been classified as an "illegal substance" starting from August 4th, except for medical use.

On July 25, 2023, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan issued an announcement, stating thatΔ8-THCH and Δ9-THCH would be classified as designated drugs. Therefore the manufacturing, import, sale, possession, and non-medical use of these designated drugs will be strictly prohibited. This announcement came into effect on August 4, 2023.

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