Weed smokers in Ireland will be happy to hear you can now buy bud at a legal cannabis cafe. Of course, due to Ireland’s marijuana laws, you won’t be getting flower with high levels of THC. In fact, the new cannabis cafe specializes exclusively in high CBD strains and coffee. Despite the lack of flower that will get you high, the presence of such a shop represents another step forward for Ireland’s legal cannabis market.
Blooms Cafe in Ireland
Blooms Cafe is located in the city of Waterford, in southeastern Ireland. The shop has recently been making headlines around the world, drawing attention for its cannabis offerings.
“High CBD strains are perfect for those who want a relaxing and calming experience, but do not want the mind altering effects that is caused by THC, the compound found in illegal cannabis,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.
The cafe also regularly posts photos of bud they’re selling. At this point, most of the attention Blooms Cafe is receiving is focused on the fact that they’re selling actual flower, not just CBD oils or extracts.
Under Irish law, cannabis products are illegal if they have more than 0.2% THC. Presumably, all the buds sold at Blooms are well below that limit.
While Irish law prohibits THC, it does allow for CBD. That’s why Blooms can get away with selling high CBD bud to their customers. Along with CBD weed and coffee, the shop also has a menu of vegan food.
“We have strong ethics for the Earth and its inhabitants, so we only serve vegan food and organically grown cannabis,” said the cafe’s Facebook page. “All of our cannabis strains are 100% legal, high-CBD and below the legal limit of 0.2% THC.”
Ireland’s Evolving Cannabis Laws
Ireland’s marijuana laws have undergone some significant changes in recent years. Most notably, the country passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana back in 2016.
After the bill passed, the first license to use medical marijuana was issued in December 2016. In that case, the license made it possible for a two-year-old boy with Dravet syndrome to take medical cannabis.
Since 2016’s landmark legislation, Ireland has seen changes in the business marketplace as well. In particular, businesspeople have slowly started entering the market for legal CBD products opened up by the 2016 changes.
For example, a CBD shop opened in Dublin this summer. The shop is called CBD Relieve, and it is Dublin’s first ever retail CBD store.
In keeping with the country’s laws against THC, CBD Relieve only sells CBD products. But within that category, there is a wide range of products that are legal to sell. This includes things like CBD topicals, tinctures, capsules, and oils.
In this way, CBD Relieve in Dublin and Blooms Cafe in Waterford are fairly similar. And at the end of the day, as long as the shops steer clear of anything with more than 0.2% THC they should be fine to continue operating legally.
At this point, Ireland’s cannabis laws are more or less in line with the rest of the European Union’s laws. Throughout the EU, recreational cannabis remains illegal. Only products with less than 0.2% THC are allowed.