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Cannabis E-Cigarettes (AKA E-Joints) To Hit The UK On Christmas Day

17/12/2014 15:01 GMT | Updated 17/12/2014 15:59 GMT

The first legal cannabis e-cigarette could soon be landing on British soil. And when we say soon, we mean next Thursday - or so say the Metro.

The company behind the cannabis e-cigarette, KanaVape, claims that the vaporiser is perfectly legal due to the lack of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a chemical found in the drug.

THC is known for its mind-altering effects and can induce hallucinations and a change in thinking, as well as cause delusions.

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Sourced from organic hemp fields located in the Czech Republic, France and Spain, KanaVape uses only hemp in their e-cigarettes with 5% CBD (Cannabidiol) and no THC. The company claims to provide a "unique cannabinoids experience".

The e-cigarette still maintains the original flavour of cannabis, which is preserved without the combustion and smell.

It also brings you many of the benefits of cannabinoids - a class of chemical compounds that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea and inflammation - without the side effects of THC.

Antonin & Sebastien, the founders behind KanaVape, said: "We made KanaVape to give millions of people a legal and tasteful way of using cannabinoids. It's good for our customers and good for the planet."

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There are numerous health issues which researchers have suggested could be caused by cannabis. The NHS suggests that those who regularly smoke cannabis with tobacco are likely to get addicted to nicotine and may develop tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and coronary heart disease.

It can also affect fertility, your ability to drive and, of course, mental health - with schizophrenia being a primary issue.

In a blog post for The Huffington Post UK, Edward Fox from Talking Drugs argues that "research has determined cannabis may be a contributing factor or heighten the risk of developing a mental disorder."

"But to frame it as a sole causation of a condition is misleading given the need to account for other confounding variables e.g. family history of mental illness and socio-economic standing."

Taking the main issues of nicotine and mental illness-inducing THCs out of the equation, could this e-cigarette be safe to use? And could it take off in the UK?

Sophie Macken from Drug Science tells Metro that while "CBD (Cannabidiol) is legal and has some therapeutic and neuro-protective properties. It is not usually something that would be used recreationally.

"It sounds like a bit of a gimmick," she adds.