The federal government has decided to reclassify the cannabis oil that the government is banning.
That oil is made from the oil found in cannabis plant stems, and contains chemicals used to protect the cannabis plant from contamination.
The ban was announced last year.
It will remain in effect for a year, but will be phased out after two years, the government said in a news release Monday.
“The reclassification of cannabis oil will allow the Government of Canada to continue to control the price of this essential oil in Canada,” Health Minister Jane Philpott said in the release.
“This is a great step forward for Canadian families.”
While some people have been hesitant to use the oil in its current form, Philpot said it will be a safer alternative to cigarettes, cigars, and alcohol.
That is because of the chemicals that are in the cannabis.
“Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the active ingredient in cannabis,” Philpots release said.
“It is not known if cannabis has any other medical uses.”
But the ban will not apply to “marijuana oil,” which is made using cannabis plant stem extracts.
The government also said it is reclassifying the “CBD oil” to “cannabigerol,” which it says is less toxic than CBD and does not contain any of the toxins in cannabis.
Cannabigerols are the only cannabinoid found in marijuana.
It is made with extracts from the cannabis plants that are used for medical research.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also said in its release that the reclassifications will allow it to continue regulating cannabis oil.
“While the Government is working to update its rules on cannabis oil, we continue to support the Government’s decision to reevaluate the safety and efficacy of cannabis for its own use,” said the agency in a statement.
“We continue to urge Canadians to use cannabidioside, a product that can be produced from cannabis plants, to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus.”