Cannabis has been used for centuries all over the world for its medicinal and recreational properties. The plant has been used for its psychoactive effects since the early days of human civilisation. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in cannabis and its potential uses.
In 2022 the government approved and legalised the recreational use of cannabis products across the island. Malta is now one of the most progressive countries in Europe when it comes to cannabis policy. This guide will provide you with everything you need to know about cannabis in Malta.
We will discuss the legal landscape, where to find cannabis, and how to consume it safely. We will also provide some tips on how to enjoy your cannabis experience to the fullest.
The Current Legal Status of Cannabis in Malta
Cannabis is currently legal in Malta in small quantities for personal use at home. In 2021 the government drafted legislation that decriminalised the possession of small amounts of the drug for personal use. The proposed legislation was enacted in 2022 and has now officially come into law across the small island.
Cannabis previously had been illegal in Malta for many years, however there had been a recent push to decriminalise possession of small amounts of the drug as the benefits of the cannabis plant become more and more realised on a European scale.
The Different Types Available to Maltese
Cannabis does not just refer to ‘weed’ or ‘pot’ as this plant family is more than just the marijuana plant variety. Hemp is a cousin of marijuana and is also known as Cannabis Sativa. This variety is CBD-rich and contains just trace amounts of the cannabinoid THC which can make a person ‘high’ if consumed in much larger amounts.
The hemp plant is used to create CBD products which, in Malta and across Europe, are classed as food or dietary supplements. They cannot be sold by brands for medicinal purposes or come with health claims attached to their marketing but they can be sold and purchased just like any other vitamin or mineral supplement.
CBD Oils, Capsules, edibles like Gummies and even infused CBD Cream for topical use are all legal and available to purchase in Malta.
CBD Cannabis products are available in Malta as a food or dietary supplement. These are all derived from the hemp variety of cannabis and as a result are non-toxic and non-psychoactive. Such products cannot be marketed for medicinal purposes but only as food supplements. This is why they are available to buy over the counter and online on the island without prescription.
Dr. Hemp Me Malta is one of the few local CBD companies serving Maltese customers. Oils, Capsules, Creams and Gummies are all available online via an e-commerce store. These contain less than 0.2% THC as per European regulations.
Dr. Hemp Me CBD products are made using high-quality, organic hemp extract.
It is not legal to sell or purchase THC-rich Cannabis in Malta, but it is legal to grow up to 4 plants per person in your own home. This way people can create their own personal supply of THC-rich Cannabis without any trouble. But, this isn’t possible for everyone and Cannabis can be a tricky plant to cultivate for any novice grower.
There are plans for cannabis clubs to form for the purpose of selling excess produce from those people growing Cannabis for personal use at home. This way legitimate sale of the plant can take place and amongst members only. Dr. Hemp Me do not sell THC-rich Cannabis products.
History of this Plant in Malta
Malta is a small island nation and the country has a long history of cannabis use. Cannabis was first introduced to the Maltese Islands by the Phoenicians in the first millennium BC. The plant was used extensively by the Knights of Malta during the Crusades. In the 18th century, Malta was a major producer of hemp.
In the early 21st century, the Maltese government decriminalised the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Cannabis supplements:
How is CBD oil used?
CBD oil is used in a variety of ways. It can be taken orally, applied topically, or inhaled. CBD oil is also available in a variety of formulations, including tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topicals.
When taken orally, CBD oil is typically ingested in the form of a tincture, capsule, or edible.
What are the side effects?
CBD oil is generally safe to use, but there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of. These include:
Dry mouth: CBD oil can cause a decrease in saliva production, which can lead to dry mouth.
Fatigue: If too much is taken the user may feel drowsy or fatigued but this is only the case if very large amounts of oil are used. Stick to the guided dosage on the product label or a little more when you take over a lengthy period of time.
How much should I take?
This is a difficult question to answer due to the fact that there is no one “right” answer. The amount of CBD oil that you should take depends on a variety of factors, including your age, weight, and your natural tolerance level to CBD.
In general, it is best to start with a low dose and increase the amount gradually until you find the dose that works best for you. For example 25mg per day for an adult is ideal to begin with.
What is the legal status of Cannabidiol in Malta?
CBD oil is legal in Malta as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC and is not advertised as a medicinal product. CBD products must also be labelled with a list of all ingredients, the amount of CBD and THC in the product.
Where can I order it online in Malta?
From Dr. Hemp Me Malta. Our e-commerce store serves all those living on the island and Gozo. All orders placed online will be sent to your door or you can message us to arrange collection from our warehouse. An instant chat feature is available on our website for instant answers to questions you may have!