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Is CBD oil legal in my country?

The difference between Cannabis and Industrial Hemp
Hemp seed oil and CBD oil classification
Hemp-derived CBD extracts and cannabis-derived CBD extracts
Differentiation in medical and recreational use of CBD
CBD oil legal countries – country by country
The legal status of CBD and hemp in Europe
Countries with specific CBD laws and regulations
What countries is cbd legal – table

CBD oil law and regulations for medical and recreational use of hemp and cannabis are constantly changing in most countries around the world. As the medical potential of both species of the plant increases most countries have already reduced the legal restrictions on cultivation, production, distribution, sales, classification and taxation on hemp and cannabis and its derived products.

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Legality of CBD

The difference between Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

To understand the legal status of hemp and cannabis and products derived from them we must first know the difference between hemp and cannabis itself and CBD-based products, Hemp-based products and Cannabis-derived products:

  • Cannabis or Cannabis Sativa – is a plant indigenous to and originating from Central and upper South Asia. Three species are recognized: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis although due to constant natural and human-based cross-breeding of species, they rarely appear in their original form. Total THC levels in today’s Cannabis Sativa strains are usually very high – up to 30%.
  • Hemp, or industrial hemp – are registered strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant subspecies that are grown for a variety of industrial and commercial uses. Hemp can be used for extraction of cannabinoids and can be refined into a variety of commercial products that don’t contain cannabinoids. Total THC levels in industrial hemp are usually very low – up to 1%
  • CBD-based products – are products that contain different concentrations of CBD or Cannabidiol – a non-psychoactive cannabinoid present in all Cannabis Sativa strains including Hemp. We must underline that the CBD used can be of full spectrum or crystals(Isolate).
    Full-spectrum CBD (along with other 140+ cannabinoids) is usually extracted from registered Hemp strains but can be also extracted from all other subspecies of Cannabis Sativa. In order to maintain the THC concentrations below the legally allowed limits, the extract is usually further elaborated. Here at Hempika®, we focus on full-spectrum CBD-based products. CBD Crystals or CBD Isolate begins as hemp-derived CBD extract. Then, all other plants natural cannabinoids and other compounds except for CBD are removed, leaving CBD as a pure crystalline, making CBD legal for sales also in countries where THC concentration is limited to 0.0%.
  • Hemp-based products – are products made from industrial hemp and do not contain cannabinoids. With the reintroduction of hemp in western society – industries we can observe a boom of new hemp-based products such as paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, animal feed, insulation, construction material, biofuel, food…
  • Cannabis-derived products – are products made from Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Sativa plant parts usually containing elevated concentrations of THC.

Our CBD map helps our user to quickly identify the legality of CBD products in different countries. It can be helpful when you need in-depth information about the CBD law and regulations regarding also the legal status of THC and its allowed limit in hemp and CBD-based products. You can access this information by simply clicking on a pin marked on the country map. We strongly advise you to do detailed research on the latest laws and regulations regarding CBD and THC before travelling to another country and we wouldn’t advise you to bring any CBD based products on a plane, even if the THC content is below 0,2%. Instead, we advise you to order beforehand your preferred CBD products to your designated location.

Map interpretation:

  • CBD – Indicates where can you legally buy CBD-based products
  • Hemp – Indicates where can you legally buy Hemp-based products
  • THC limit (%) – Indicates the legal maximum THC concentration in products on the market (positive values apply to countries where THC is decriminalized or legalized)
  • Cannabis – Indicates where can you buy Cannabis for recreational purposes
  • Medical – Indicates where you can get a prescription for Cannabis derived products

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil classification

Hemp seed oil – Hemp seed oil doesn’t contain cannabinoids and it has been available on the EU market to a significant degree prior to May 15, 1997, so it can be classified as food.

CBD oil – was not available on the EU market to a significant degree prior to May 15, 1997, so it can not be classified as food. Depending on the country, CBD-based products can be classified as a novel food, but government authorisation may be required when the oil is subjected to certain forms of extraction or purification techniques. The European Commission’s Working Group of novel Foods states regarding CBD, “…extracts of Cannabis sativa L and derived products containing cannabinoid are considered novel foods as a history of consumption has not been demonstrated.”

Cannabidiol is listed in the EU Cosmetics Ingredient Database and in some countries, CBD-based products for topical use can be sold as cosmetics. Furthermore, today you can acquire CBD-based products that are classified as prescription medications, but only in some countries (last row in the table) and only with a medical prescription. Although a lot of medical studies and clinical trials popping up all around the world in the last years shown the positive effects of CBD when prescribed for various health problems, most countries do not classify CBD as medication, but instead as an active ingredient and as such it can be substance to strict country regulations. We could say that the classification of CBD varies widely from country to country and it depends a lot on the local laws and regulations regarding hemp and cannabis.

Hemp-derived CBD extracts and cannabis-derived CBD extracts

CBD can be found in hemp or in cannabis plants. Use and sale of hemp-derived CBD is legal in most countries, but cannabis-derived CBD is not, because the cultivation of cannabis is illegal or restricted only to licence owners in most countries.

Hemp-derived CBD extract usually contains small traces of THC (the legal limit in EU is 0.2% and in US 0.3%) or 0% of THC and as such has no psychoactive effects.

Cannabis-derived extracts usually have a higher concentration of THC and a lower concentration in CBD.

Differentiation in medical and recreational use of CBD

The differences in regulations and laws in force regarding CBD, hemp and cannabis for medical and recreational use varies by country, in terms of its possession, distribution, and cultivation, and how it can be consumed and what medical conditions it can be used for.

Legality of Cannabis

Medical use of cannabis is now legalized in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, some states in the US and Thailand.

Recreational use of cannabis is prohibited in most countries; however, many have adopted a policy of decriminalization to make possession of small amounts of cannabis (marked as cannabis possession in the table) a non-criminal offence. Others have much more severe penalties – even imprisonment for several years. CBD as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid is usually not used recreationally.

Medical use of cannabis is now legalized in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, some states in the US and Thailand.

Legality of Medical Cannabis

CBD oil legal countries – country by country

Argentina, Austria, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Turkey, Japan

The legal status of CBD and hemp in Europe

In the next section we’ll answer the following questions: is CBD legal in Europe? Which are the EU countries where CBD oil is legal? What specific regulations and exceptions do individual countries have, and in time we will try to include all the CBD oil legal EU countries.

CBD oil in Germany

Is CBD oil legal in Germany?

Cannabidiol is completely legal in Germany, as long as preparations derived from plants and parts of plants, or plants and parts of plants have been cultivated in European Union countries with EU certified hemp seeds and the THC content in them is below 0.2%.

Countries with specific CBD laws and regulations

CBD oil in Austria

Is CBD oil legal in Austria?

In Austria the legal situation regarding CBD is a bit more complicated than in Germany, cannabis flowers, extracts and hashish containing CBD can be legally sold, but not as a food supplement or medication and the maximal content of THC allowed is 0.3%. As a result of this legal vagueness, CBD oil in Austria is being sold as aroma oil in local shops and can be legally sold online. You can order our products to Austria without any worries HERE.

CBD oil in Georgia

Is CBD oil legal in Georgia?

There are very “strange” laws in Georgia regarding hemp, cannabis and CBD products. Any kind of cultivation is strictly prohibited – the same applies to selling. However, acquisition of up to 70g of dried flowers or leaves and up to 100g of fresh flowers or leaves isn’t going to put you in jail – but if you possess more than that, the law stipulates imprisonment. The acquisition or storage of any amount of cannabis/hemp violates the law, but the punishment is unclear. Smoking cannabis/hemp is kind of regulated because you have to be older than 21, you have to be in a private residence or at home and no minors have to be nearby – if you don’t meet all those conditions, the police can (and probably will) react. The laws about CBD oil legality in Georgia still remains quite unclear.

CBD oil in India

Is CBD oil legal in India?

The laws in India are very unclear. Growing hemp is allowed only with special permission. It is said, that cannabis medicines are allowed and legally available under the AYUSH ministry as Ayurvedic medicine – but there isn’t a clear explanation if the CBD products, such as oils, are also a part of Ayurvedic medicine. The consumption and carrying of bhang (a drink made from cannabis) is allowed in India. It is advised to be careful when importing/exporting any products that are made from hemp/cannabis.

CBD oil in Ireland

Is CBD oil legal in Ireland?

Under EU regulation hemp may be grown as long as the THC content is less than 0.2% and as a member state of the EU, the same applies to Ireland. However under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 all derivatives of cannabis and hemp containing even traces of THC are illegal for sale and possession in Ireland, therefore we can say that only CBD products with 0.00% of THC are legal in Ireland.

CBD oil in Norway

Is CBD oil legal in Norway?

Norway is not part of the European Union and as such has some additional restrictions regarding the use and sales of CBD. In Norway, hemp and cannabis are prohibited to grow and it is also prohibited to buy whole hemp and cannabis seeds. However, the use/possession of CBD is legal only if the CBD is prescribed by a doctor.

CBD oil in Russia

Is CBD oil legal in Russia?

The law is a bit unclear about CBD oil legality in Russia, therefore we wouldn’t recommend having in possession any kind of CBD products in Russia. Hemp is being cultivated throughout the greater part of the country, but any extraction process is illegal. Possession of cannabis (up to 6 grams or two grams of hashish) is an administrative offence, punishable by a fine or detention up to 15 days. Possession of larger amounts of cannabis is a criminal offence.

CBD oil in Sweden

Is CBD oil legal in Sweden?

The legal status of CBD in Sweden is a bit complicated, as the Swedish medical authorities consider CBD to be an active ingredient, therefore it must follow strict Swedish law regulating pharmaceuticals. The Medical Products Agency classifies it as a drug, which also requires a permit for sale. Selling supplements containing CBD is now prohibited in Sweden. In addition, statements of health/beauty benefits and/or oral consumption mentions in instructions for use are also prohibited in marketing and sales of CBD. However, CBD is not on the banned substance list in Sweden and you can buy CBD products but only from outside of Sweden. In conclusion use and sales of CBD in Sweden is legal if the THC concentration in it is 0.00%. Otherwise, only parts of the plant that are allowed are the subterranean parts and the seeds.

CBD oil in Ukraine

Is CBD oil legal in Ukraine?

According to numerous sources, CBD is legal in Ukraine. Hemp is also legal in Ukraine, but there are some “tricks”. There is no problem using hemp for the production of fibre, but the upper parts (flowers) that contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids are illegal. It is also hard for a “normal person” to obtain a growing licence for hemp. It is usually reserved for laboratories and farmers, who need to meet specific criteria and are also controlled during the whole process. It is said that CBD products containing a low amount of THC are also legal (assuming that the content of THC is similar as in other parts of Europe – 0,2%).

What countries is cbd legal – table

In the table below, you can also see the countries where CBD is also used for medical purposes marked in the last column – “Medical”.

To help CBD users in finding the answers about the legality of CBD, hemp and cannabis-based products, we created a non-formal informative table. Apart from the fact that the laws and regulations regarding CBD are constantly changing in numerous countries, we also have limited and unverified information about this topic, so we kindly invite you to contribute by sharing updated information (possibly with source links) in the comments section.

Country CBD Hemp THC lim.[%] Cannabis Medical
Argentina Yes Yes Yes Yes
Austria Yes Yes 0.3 No N/a
Belgium No Yes Up to 3 g N/a
Belize Yes Yes Up to 10 g No
Bosna i Hercegovina Yes Yes 0,2 No No
Bulgaria Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chile Yes Yes Yes N/a
China No No 0 No No
Colombia Yes Yes Up to 22 g No
Costa Rica Yes N/a N/a No N/a
Croatia Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Cyprus Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Czech Republic Yes Yes 0.3 Yes N/a
Denmark N/a N/a No Yes
Estonia Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Finland Yes Yes 0 No Yes
France Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Georgia Unclear Decriminalized N/a Decriminalized N/a
Germany Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Greece Yes Yes 0.2 No Yes
Guatemala Yes Yes N/a No N/a
Hong Kong Yes N/a N/a No Yes
Hungary Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Iceland N/a N/a N/a No N/a
India Unknown (possibly prohibited) Yes (with permission) Unknown State regulated As a medicine (Ayurvedic medicine)
Ireland Yes Yes 0 No Yes
Italy Yes Yes 0.6 No Yes
Latvia Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Lithuania Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Luxembourg Yes Yes Legalization in progress No N/a
Malta Yes/perscription N/a No Yes
Netherlands Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Zealand Yes/perscription N/a N/a No Yes
Northern Ireland Yes Yes 0.2 No N/a
Norway Perscription only No 0 No N/a
Paraguay Yes Yes Up to 10 g No
Peru Yes Yes Yes Yes
Poland Yes Yes 0.2 No Yes
Portugal Yes Yes Up to 25 g Yes
Puerto Rico Yes N/a N/a No Yes
Romania Yes Yes N/a No N/a
Russia Unclear No No No
Slovakia No No 0 No No
Slovenia Yes Yes 0.2 Decriminalized Yes
South Africa Yes Yes Legal No
Spain Yes Yes Restricted Limited (only pharmaceuticals)
Sweden Yes Yes, but limited 0.0 No Prescription (only pharmaceuticals)
Switzerland Yes Yes 1 No Yes
Virgin Islands Yes N/a Yes Yes
Ukraine Yes Yes N/a No No
United Kingdom Yes Yes 0.2 No Yes
United States Yes Yes 0.3 State regulated State regulated
Uruguay Yes Yes Prohibited for foreigners Yes
Turkey Yes State regulated N/a No Yes
Japan Yes N/a 0 No No

Author: M.B.

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Source(s)
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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_cannabis
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37 thoughts on “Is CBD oil legal in my country?

  1. Ana says:

    Hi there, could you please update the article to include information about CBD oil in Serbia? Also, if possible, do outline the buying and delivery process of your products to Serbia, thanks.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Ana,
      thanks for the comment. We will update the article this week.
      Please feel free to suggest anything that you’d like to know about the legal status of CBD/hemp/cannabis.

      • Ana says:

        Thanks for the reply. As an MS patient based in Serbia, I am very interested to explore the opportunity for using CBD oil, preferably upto 50%. However, I am not sure about the laws regarding that in Serbia. It is not available either, unless bought through unsolicited means.

  2. Alex says:

    Hi, thanks for information, guys! But I’m still not sure about hemps and CBD legal status in Ukraine? Thanks a lot )

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Alex,
      the article was updated with information that we were able to find.
      Thanks for your comment.

  3. David says:

    Hi, can you tell me which countries of the ex Soviet Union, (Eastern Europe), have approved all CBD infused products?
    Thanks

    • Hempika says:

      Hi David,
      thanks for the comment. We’ll try to find some useful information about ex Soviet Union, but it is quite hard to find it, so it might take some time.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      as far as we were able to find out, CBD is classified as a pharmaceutical in Taiwan, so we believe that it is prescription only. Cannabis/hemp growing is said to be illegal for any kind of purposes, also extraction and putting CBD into cosmetics is said to be illegal. Although there is a kind of “grey area” when shipping/importing products to Taiwan.

  4. Laura Farkas says:

    Great tips. As it is a new industry, the legislation is lagging behind the development of new products. Here, in the UK, there are certain things manufacturers and affiliates have to be careful with. That is why I set up my own UK CBD guide blog.

  5. Henrik says:

    CBD can legally be bought in Sweden but only from outside Sweden and only CBD with no THC. Almost all swedish shops has gone out of Sweden to act out of somewhere else from EU like herbmed for example, used to be a Swedish company but as you see is now registered in UK and act out of UK.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Henrik,
      thanks for the comment and the info you provided. We really appreciate it and with this kind of information, we can build the ultimate guide. The article will be updated accordingly.
      Thanks

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      it is hard to find information about legal status of hemp, cannabis and CBD in Bosnia, but for now, we haven’t got any problems shipping there. The only problem is the complications about customs and getting the product because it comes from EU to a non-EU country member (the products always arrive, but there is time consuming papyrology as customers report).
      Hope that this info helps you a bit.

    • Hempika says:

      Thank you for the comment. This is why we made this article, so people can comment and we will fix it accordingly. As you may know regulations in these fields are constantly changing. We are aware of novel food regulations and cosmetics regulations. But CBD is still LEGAL as a molecule within the EU! ATM can not be sold as dietary supplements or cosmetics in high concetrations. But hope this change in the future. We are updating this article every month so please stay tunned 🙂

    • Hempika says:

      Hej! As far as we know, you need a permit to grow hemp and the hemp seeds that can be used, must be on the list of EU approved industrial hemp strains.

    • Hempika says:

      Thank you for the information, it is much appreciated. With your help, we can put together the most accurate information about legality. We also try to contact every countries government, but until now, we haven’t got any replies, so the info that comes from the users is very valuable to us. Thank you again.

  6. Marilyn says:

    we are travelling from germany to austria then switzerland. Can CBD oil be purchased in Munich and if so can we travel on our bus tour to the other countries? Where do we purchase the oil?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      of course, CBD oil can also be purchased in Munich. There shouldn’t be any problems at all if you travel by bus in the above-mentioned countries. There are definitely lots of shops that have CBD oil (I don’t know the exact ones), but if you’d like, you can also purchase CBD oil on our page and get it shipped to any address – usually, there is less than 24 hours delivery time across Europe.

  7. Jonatan says:

    CBD oil is now illegal in Sweden as of June 19, 2019.
    As a resident, I used to buy at
    hampabonden.se*

    *http://bit.ly/2kafYvy (archived & translated version 19-09-2019)
    *http://bit.ly/2lQF9Ug ( –:– 02-09-2018)

    • Jonatan says:

      I´d like to clarify that it is hemp oil that has been criminalized.
      The lobbyists have won in pussified Sweden.

      • Hempika says:

        Hi Jonatan,
        thank you for the info. Do you maybe have a source that clarifies that CBD is illegal? We have found that the products shouldn’t contain any THC and the products shouldn’t have any medical claims and the ones for oral consumption – you need the medical licence to sell them. We cannot find any info regarding cosmetic products that have CBD in them, so are they legal? We’ll try to find out, but any additional info is appreciated. And of course, the article will be updated accordingly.

        • Jonatan says:

          You are correct; ´only THC´ is illegal. I´ve heard claims that CBD oil needs at least 0.2% THC to ´work´, as well as seeing stores selling the product without THC, like ´Nordic Oil´ who motivates the legality with an outdated government document from 2016. I have requested current information from the store (governmental info post June 18 2019).
          Another store, ´Natural Hemp Life´ claims to sell a lawful product with extremely low levels of THC thanks to Chromatography while maintaining the spectrum of cannabinoids.
          In the comments, the website claims a max THC amount <0.000015%, although no third party testing (I have only seen American stores do this):
          Translated archived (02-10-2019):
          https://bit.ly/2nTjCMg
          Original, archived:
          https://www.naturalhemplife.se/ar-cbd-olja-lagligt/

          [Please correct me if I am wrong.]
          The ban (on just THC?) came as a result after an appeal in Sweden´s Supreme Court by Läkemedelsverket (´Medicine Agency´) after producers had won the court case at council level against the same state agency, in which they were falsely accused of marketing the product as medicine, following several unsolicited raids by Police, where they confiscated their inventories without warning.

          The linked article discusses the ban, but calls it "cannabis oil", without clarifying in typical ´fake news style´: https://bit.ly/2onm9ON
          Archived original (Swedish)
          https://archive.is/w4vgX

  8. Josine Rosvelds says:

    It’s CBD légale on India. I GO BY FLIGHT TO India. It’s a problem to take in my bags on the flight?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Josine,
      the laws about CBD in India are very unclear. Some state that it is completely legal, some say that it is illegal, others say that it has to be 0,0% THC. Who to trust, we don’t know. We’ll try to contact the Indian government, but from our previous experiences, no government replied to our e-mails. We’ll also update the article with all the information that we could find.

  9. gail s says:

    Morocco? If I use cbd oil for arthritis, must I leave it behind while traveling from USA (via Paris) to Morocco?

    • Hempika says:

      We haven’t found any relevant info about the legal limit of THC in Morocco. Although the possession of cannabis is somehow illegal, Morocco is well known for its hashish. We have also found the info that they want to “register” cannabis as a traditional Moroccan herbal remedy instead of a “drug”. Cannabis is also widely used in Morocco. I would advise you to be a little careful, but I doubt that you would go to jail or get a huge fine because of CBD. We’ll try to contact Moroccan customs or parliament to find the exact information about this, but it can take a while before they respond.
      Also thanks for mentioning Paris (the info about THC legal limit in France is now corrected).

  10. C Lynde says:

    Just what I was looking for as we travel alot for work and I need it for medical use.
    thank you for compiling this list.

  11. Sergey Ponomarev says:

    Great thanks for sharing. There is no my country (Ukraine) in the list. And, sadly, CBD and other cannabis products are not legal in Ukraine.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Sergey,
      thanks for the information, it is much appreciated. We will update the list accordingly.

    • Alex says:

      Are you sure? Because Law says “Cannabis” is illegal as a psychoactive substance. But it is all about THC, no regulation for CBD. Also hemps are legal under 0.08 THC. If you have any other information, please let me know! Thanks

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