The world’s first tobacco-and-hemp cigarette comes from Eastern Switzerland. At our small factory on Lake Constance, we blend pure Swiss tobacco with natural CBD hemp. And, yes, of course it’s legal.
Curious about hemp
Tobacco has established itself as the world’s most commonly smoked herb. But why? There are, after all, so many other herbs and plants that can be smoked. We are driven by curiosity, and for months now we at the Heimat factory have been working on alternative natural products for smoking. Hemp has always been at the top of this list in these experiments. It has been cultivated in Switzerland for millennia, and has presumably also been smoked for just as long.
The big experiment at the Heimat factory
We spent a great deal of time working on the hemp cigarette, pondering over the ideal ratio between the hemp and the Swiss Virginia and Burley tobaccos. And we are more than happy with the result: 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.
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 ageing production machinery perform at its best.
Just one thing was not quite how we had hoped – unfortunately, we were unable to use exclusively Swiss hemp to mix with our Swiss tobacco. The volumes we needed were just too large, and due to supply shortages we were sometimes forced to use foreign hemp. We are continuing to do everything we can, however, to ensure that our cigarettes soon contain Swiss plants only.
About THC and CBD
Hemp has often been perceived as an intoxicant. The high created by hemp is caused by the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains. If the THC content of the plant is below 1%, the hemp has no psychotropic effect (i.e. does not create a high) and is legal to purchase and consume in Switzerland. The hemp in our Heimat cigarette has a low THC content of well below 1%. What it does have, however, is an extremely high proportion of cannabidiol (CBD), a substance attributed with a range of different positive effects.
Is it really legal?
Heimat Tabak & Hanf cigarettes can be consumed legally wherever smoking is permitted – in Switzerland, in any case. The cigarettes should not be taken abroad, as this may result in prosecution due to the differences in the permissible THC limits in other countries. And of course, we recommend that you enjoy Heimat products for relaxation, and in moderation.