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Uruguay begins selling yerba mate with cannabis

Cosentina and La Abuelita, two well-known Uruguayan yerba mate brands, will start selling cannabis products without psychoactive effects, since they do not have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

The information was confirmed by Pablo Riveiro, director of one of the companies that will market it, Efe news agency reported.

The product will begin to be commercialized in the coming weeks of May. Riveiro explained that the yerba mate they will use comes from Brazil, while cannabis is produced entirely in Uruguay.

In communication with the Efe agency, medical cannabis specialist Raquel Peyraube explained that “it would be impossible” for the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) of Uruguay to authorize a product with psychoactive properties outside of what is established by the law, which is marketing of the product in pharmacies. “The only form of access for non-medical psychoactive cannabis that the law foresees is the purchase in pharmacies,” said the specialist.

In Uruguay it became law to decriminalize the production and sale of marijuana in 2013, under the mandate of Jos%uFFFD Mujica (2010-2015). “That is to say, that if a product that maintains psychoactive properties is commercialized it would be illegal,” concluded Raquel Peyraube.

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Calming CBD is a perfect balance for yerba mate’s caffeine, says Uruguay’s Consentina

By Niamh Michail contact

11-Apr-2019 – Last updated on 11-Apr-2019 at 13:57 GMT

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BCBD Medicinal is a vertically integrated cannabis grower and processor in Uruguay, and Consentina is its consumer-facing brand of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis)​ infused with water-soluble CBD.

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational adult use in 2017, with the legislation was signed into law in 2013.

We started with this product because it is an iconic beverage in South America mainly in Uruguay and Argentina,” ​said Adrian Bartnicki, manager of BCBD Medicinal.

“Yerba mate is like a green tea but bitter and it contains ‘mateine’ which is a sort of strong caffeine. The effect of CBD balances the effect produced by the mateine, giving a sense of calm, mindful awareness and sharpness.”

Cannabis plants contain more than 60 cannabis compounds in varying degrees, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the main psychoactive active substance that makes marijuana users feel high while CBD is said to have calming, anti-inflammatory effects. Someone who drinks a CBD-infused soda will not feel high afterwards.

Yerba mate, meanwhile, contains three xanthines: caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. The jury is still out on whether ‘mateine’, like ‘theine’ from tea or ‘guaranine’ from guarana, is chemically different from caffeine.

In any case, Consentina has found “great acceptance​” in its native Uruguay, according to Bartnicki, something he attributes to its flavor.

“The flavor is very similar to the flavor of premium [yerba mate] brands. That is because our CBD doesn’t alter the taste and it doesn’t generate any side effects like acid reflux or headaches,” ​he told FoodNavigator-LATAM.

The calming effect of cannabidiol (CBD) balances the energizing caffeine in yerba mate without altering the taste, says Uruguayan brand Consentina.