You may have become aware of their cut-price stollen, and perhaps their surprisingly flavoursome jam. But you probably will not have actually tested the latest variety provided by the grocery store chain Lidl: locally grown marijuana.

Two products derived from hemp flowers are being used in Swiss stores as an alternative to rolling tobacco.

A 1.5 g box, from plants grown indoors, costs 17.99 swiss francs (₤ 13.20). A 3g bag is 19.99 Swiss francs, but is made from flowers grown in greenhouses.

The packs are on sale alongside cigarettes and stogies at the tills. The cost per cigarette is double that of tobacco roll-ups.

Switzerland changed the law in 2011 to permit individuals over 18 to purchase and use marijuana consisting of no more than 1% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s primary psychoactive constituent.

Lidl’s items are developed to supply a relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect, however not to be intoxicating.

The German grocery store stated its provider– The Botanicals, based in Thurgau, north-east Switzerland– was growing the cannabis plants inside and in semi-automated greenhouses

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” The maker depends on sustainable farming and refrains totally from including chemical, artificial or genetically modified compounds,” a declaration stated.

The item is stated to be high on cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the hemp plant. “The legally cultivable ranges consist of just really percentages of THC and a high proportion of CBD,” Lidl stated. Switzerland’s 2011 law change, designed to open the availability of medical cannabis, has actually only recently been taken upon by business operators.

Switzerland’s custom-mades agency, which gathers taxes from marijuana product sales, recorded a boost in registered merchants from a “handful” in 2015 to more than 140 in the in 2015. In 2017 about ₤ 18m in tax was collected on sales of ₤ 73m.

The Swiss supermarket chain Cage – unassociated to the UK brand – was the first to sell marijuana cigarettes in 2015.

The charity Dependency Suisse has raised issue that CBD can customize the function of the placenta during pregnancy.

Lidl, one of the most significant grocery store brands in Europe


, opened its 700th supermarket in the UK in February.


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