Unlike THC, with a few exceptions, CBD is legal in Europe. Indeed, many European countries have not yet introduced restrictions on this. This substance is relatively new and was not previously a concern. Today, several countries fully authorize CBD, while the majority have chosen to tolerate it, as long as its THC content is not higher than 0% - 0.2%, 0.3% and even 1% for Switzerland. Most European countries tolerate CBD oil, although in most territories no explicit law indicates this.
CBD is tolerated due to its therapeutic effects that have been recognized by scientists around the world in recent years. The European regulation on CBD has been established by the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) through a patchwork of various texts.
Germany: As for most European countries, CBD is legal, however CBD products should not contain more than 0.0005% THC according to German law. In this country, CBD is not explicitly listed as a substance subject to strict control and regulation.
The Netherlands: Recognized as one of the most tolerated countries for cannabis, it is indeed a policy of tolerance that is applied. Especially in Amsterdam, which makes it its main asset, and brings the country every year several million tourists.
Denmark: According to Danish law, the use of cannabis is limited to medical and scientific purposes.
France: Cannabidiol is not classified as a toxic or doping substance, CBD alone is legal but it should not be accompanied by THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): Only products containing less than 0.2% of THC may be put on the market. It should also be known that only hemp seeds and hemp fibbers can be used for extracting CBD. The use of flowers for extraction is forbidden. For e-liquids and electronic cigarettes containing CBD are allowed but always if they do not contain any THC.
In 2015, Malta's legislation imposed some restrictions on cannabis and CBD. This law legalizes medical cannabis for prescription purposes.
Switzerland: Switzerland has a less drastic policy than the rest of the countries from the European Union. Indeed, Switzerland is one of the largest producers of hemp and cannabis for the production of CBD because it is simpler from a regulatory point of view to produce hemp on this territory. Recreational cannabis with a THC level greater than 1% is prohibited. The government has not put any restrictions on extracting flower, you can do so freely under the condition that your THC stays under 1%. It is even possible to sell smokable hemp.
USA: CBD is legal in a good part of the USA even if it is important to know which plant it comes from. Indeed, the cultivation of hemp is allowed and the CBD must come from a line of authorized hemp strains. On the other hand 3 States have totally banned the use of CBD: Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Uruguay was the first country in the world to authorize cannabis production, but also its distribution and consumption. Thus, since 2013, the local population has the choice to cultivate the plants at home for personal consumption, to join a cannabis club or to buy them in pharmacies. Regarding the purchase in a pharmacy, it is regulated since it is under prescription and limited in quantity.
In the rest of the continent, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru have authorized the use of cannabis for therapeutic use over the years. Countries that are not listed here totally prohibit this substance, although laws change very quickly and make everything more flexible step by step.
Very few Asian countries allow cannabis of any kind. Only Sri Lanka, Thailand and South Korea allow therapeutic cannabis. For the moment there is no regulation on the CBD within this continent. However, Thailand and Malaysia are considering their authorization for medical purposes.
Australia and New Zealand have chosen to allow therapeutic cannabis.
As we can see through this review of cannabis and CBD legislation around the world, governments make very different choices in this regard.
In conclusion, before buying any cannabis product, it is important to learn about the current laws of the country of residence. Indeed, these are very unstable and are often subject to change. But future changes in CBD should be positive for consumers and resellers: the substance of how to be recognized for its benefits and the demand is increasing every year.