The legal status of CBD oil is, unfortunately, not black and white. Attitudes and medical research are changing toward the use of the compound, with laws and regulations being updated all the time. So, to provide yourself with the most clarity possible, there are two main factors that will help you easily understand if CBD is legal: the law where you live and the type of plant the CBD was extracted from, eg. cannabis or industrial hemp.
Cannabis or Hemp Based CBD
CBD can come from hemp or cannabis plants; ultimately these plants, both from the cannabis family, have one key difference: cannabis often contains higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), up to 30%, whereas industrial hemp is grown with no more than 0.3% of this compound, making the media-known ‘high’ near-impossible from consuming hemp-derived CBD.
Because of this, industrial hemp is legal in many countries across the world; it even makes products for a variety of industries: car manufacturers, concrete and building suppliers, as well as natural beauty and skincare items. So, CBD extracted from industrial hemp is legal and you should be able to confirm the origin of your chosen supplement via the reports that are contained within the product.CBD from cannabis plants is more difficult to define as legal or illegal and throws up the most grey areas in regards to legal consumption. If you live in a country or state where cannabis is legal, however, then all CBD will be legal. Depending on the location, there will be state specific regulations on where it can be sold or purchased and if you require a prescription.
This is not the case in the majority of countries worldwide. Cannabis largely remains illegal and CBD taken from these plants, regardless of whether the CBD extract from is isolated from the THC or not, is not considered to be legal as its origin is not legal.
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CBD In Your Own Country
Generally then, CBD is legal if extracted from industrial hemp, with the laws in the following countries largely agreeing with this:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Antilles, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America (although in 4 states, its status is unclear) Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
In regards to cannabis-based CBD, consultation on the individual countries’ own rules in regards to cannabis will indicate whether this type of CBD is legal. CBD ranges from being classified as completely legal to legal only with a medical prescription. The product and content’s origin can be confirmed via lab tests and batch reports, which should accompany CBD products. If your product does not come with one of these, then you may be at legal risk, as you have no proof of exactly what the product contains.
The good news is that as the CBD movement grows, scientific research is changing attitudes towards its regulation and classification. With this, the legal status of CBD is changing rapidly, so we advise you to keep up-to-date on your local laws and to be aware that any information in this article should not be considered legal advice.
On the other hand, these shifting guidelines can be less then user-friendly; you should always check with your local government officer, police department, or customs office for the most up-to-date information. By identifying two key factors: the origins of CBD products and your country’s specific laws and regulations, you can ensure that you are protected in your use of CBD.