Berlin metro is selling edible hemp tickets for 'calming effect' on travellers

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Dec 15, 2021, 10:18 PM IST

(Representational Image) Hemp is cannabis grown for medicinal purposes Photograph:(ANI)

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The hemp tickets have been made from edible paper. Hemp oil has been sprinkled on them. Berlin's public transport operator BVG said that these are 'completely legal'

Berlin's metro network has come up with a curious idea to ease travel stress of commuters. It is selling edible tickets laced with hemp oil. hemp is cannabis grown for medicinal use.

"This way you can travel hassle-free around Berlin all day and then simply swallow your Christmas stress along with your ticket," said public transport operator BVG, known for its quirky marketing stunts.

The hemp tickets cost 8.80 euros (USD 9.95). The tickets have been made of edible paper. BVG says the edible paper has been sprinkled with "no more than three drops" of hemp oil.

They are valid for 24 hours and are "completely legal", the company said.

"Hemp oil is 100 percent vegetarian and also makes an excellent salad dressing," it added, suggesting that customers may like to wash their tickets down with one of Berlin's famous doner kebabs. 

The new German government, sworn in last week, has agreed to legalise recreational use of cannabis.

But BVG said it was "against any kind of drug use -- whether illegal or legal. That is why there is a strict ban on drugs and alcohol in all BVG vehicles and stations."

In 2018, hundreds of people braved long early-morning queues when BVG launched a limited-edition pair of Adidas sneakers that also functioned as an annual metro ticket.

Retailing at 180 euros, the shoes bearing the design of seat covers on Berlin's U-Bahn trains were fitted with an annual ticket normally worth 761 euros.

(With inputs from agencies)