Are CBD products legal in your country?

Published Feb 22, 2019 01:54 p.m. ET

CBD is most commonly used in both health foods and medical products all over the world, but its correct legal status is often misunderstood. Most people assume that since marijuana produces the component CBD that is it illegal to sell or consume if you live in a region where cannabis is illegal. That isn’t always the case as the CBD oil that is made and used in CBD edibles and other CBD products is harvested from an entirely different plant. What does seem to hold true is that regions that have legal medical access to cannabis all allow for the use of CBD products.

How is CBD oil made?

CBD is a non-psychoactive component that is produced by marijuana plants in very small quantities, but it is most often harvested from high producing strains of the hemp plant. An extraction method is used on raw hemp plants to draw the CBD out resulting in a concentrated form called CBD oil.

Why does this matter?

Since the majority of CBD pure products are derived from a hemp species of plant, the legality of the product is dependent on a country's current laws regarding growing hemp for cultivation. Most areas restrictions vary significantly from one another. Despite this, the places that have chosen allow the growing of hemp have also legalized access to marijuana to some extent be it recreational or medicinal. However, now that the medical benefits of consuming cannabidiol are becoming more widely recognized, there has been a rumor of more than a few different countries considering legalizing access to CBD separately so that we may see a larger divide in the future as regulations, and societal views evolve.

In what countries are CBD products legal?

To show an example of what we mean by the varying degrees of legality across the world of both plant species, here you will find a list of the countries that have CBD specific laws and regulations followed by the areas that allow some legal form of marijuana as well as hemp plant cultivation. So far Germany and Canada are the leaders in the worlds medical marijuana industry offering the widest range of legal CBD products and the best access to them when compared to any other.

CBD legal countries

  1. The United States- The District of Columbia alone with 31 states have legalized the use of several different cannabinoids, and one of them is CBD.
  2. Europe- The use of CBD products is allowed, but they cannot contain any more than 0.2% THC.
  3. Germany has legalized the use of CBD products as well as the manufacturing of any other hemp plant related products.

Countries that have legalized marijuana and CBD products for medicinal use

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Columbia
  4. Chile
  5. Israel
  6. Italy
  7. Germany
  8. Grease
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Peru
  11. Poland
  12. The Netherlands

The future of CBD products

Since the real effects of CBD are still relatively misunderstood and much of the evidence currently referred to in practice is anecdotal and based solely on how individuals who have used the substance have felt afterward, it has yet to garner a medical approval. This makes it so that CBD products are for the most part prohibited from making any kind of benefit claims, and has severely hindered its progress and ability to be listed as a covered or even suitable treatment alternative anywhere in the globe. Though the past may look a little bleak, the future of CBD products is expected to flourish in the presence of more hard data and proof of its efficacy as a medication.

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