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CBD Cigarettes in Switzerland Not a Great Product

Switzerland Sells Tobacco Cigarettes in Common Stores with Small Amounts of CBD in Them

Cannabidiol is the medicinal active cannabinoid in marijuana that has no euphoric effects on those that ingest it. CBD has shown the ability to reduce inflammation, pain and anxiety. CBD cigarettes would not be appealing to a knowledgeable consumer, but unfortunately many people simply do not understand cannabis very well.

Tobacco cigarettes have a lot of flavor and nicotine in them. If a compound from marijuana was added to tobacco, it would likely either be THC to create more of a buzz or terpenes to add flavor. Do CBD cigarettes appeal to you?

As you all know, CBD Cigarettes are now available in Switzerland. The Swiss producer Heimat managed to make the cigarettes available at the Coop Supermarket, one of the leading retailers in Switzerland.

Before we start with the review, let’s look at the facts:

For a normal pack of cigarettes, you have to pay between seven and eight Swiss Francs. A pack of CBD cigarettes will cost you 19.90 Francs (which are roughly equal to USD). A pack contains 20 cigarettes, like a normal pack, and includes 4 grams of CBD (0.25 gram per cigarette).

In Switzerland, any cannabis product with less than 1% THC is legal and can be sold without a license. A gram of CBD weed will cost you about 10 to 15 Francs if you want to acquire a certain quality. This raises the first question: how is Heimat able to sell a pack with 4 gram CBD for 19.90 when you’d usually pay around 40-60 bucks for 4 grams of a CBD strain?

The natural tobacco-and-hemp blend develops a bouquet of mild, sweet and spicy aromas when smoked, exuding the unmistakable scent of cannabis. And all this of course with no additives whatsoever – except for drinking water from Lake Constance.

After trying the first pack we can confirm the following, the taste is sweet indeed. As soon as you open up the pack you will experience a strong cannabis smell. It is very much comparable to when you smoke a spliff (with a cigarette filter).

Will you feel the CBD? Absolutely not. Even when you smoke three cigarettes back to back you will not be able to experience the medical properties that CBD offers. It’s a lifestyle product, nothing more and nothing less.

As you can see on the pictures above it is questionable that the cigarettes contain 25% CBD as advertised. The material used is finely-ground and you can clearly see that the material used is far from high quality. When you look at the pricing, this does not come as a surprise. For a price of 19.90 Francs, you will never be able to offer a superior quality because you have to consider that they have to pay around 30% tobacco tax to the Swiss state.

More than 50% of the cigarettes that we opened up contained sticks and seeds (which you will also notice when you smoke one of course…)

Another problem is how the tobacco and the CBD are mixed together. On their website, Heimat states the following:

From a technical perspective, the cigarette presented us with a series of challenges. While tobacco and hemp are easy to mix by hand, this is hard to do with a machine. Due to the varying textures of the two plants, our production team was forced to employ a few technical tricks to blend the tobacco and hemp to create a harmonious mixture. We are lucky to have some gifted pairs of hands at our small factory who keep on finding ways to convince our aging production machinery to perform at its best.

 

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Brian Wroblewski

Brian Wroblewski has a passion for writing, travel, food and family. Since working in and around the cannabis industry since 2008, Brian brings a unique perspective to the cannabis journalism space. With a focus on emerging brands, moving the cannabis industry forward and an undeniable passion for truth in business and journalism, find some of Brian's posts across the web on digital marketing, cannabis and a variety of different topics.

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