The legality of Cannabis derives from country to country.
Cannabis laws around the world vary in the areas of possession, distribution, cultivation, consumption type, and what medical conditions it is aiming to treat. However, while Cannabis might be illegal in some parts of the world, the component CBD – the Hemp derivative– is often legal for use for health and wellness purposes.
Hemp-derived CBD is the primary type of legal Cannabis in most countries. Due to its non-threatening and non-psychoactive properties along with the medicinal benefit. Marijuana-derived CBD is not legal in most countries for growing or buying, due to the ubiquitous presence of THC.
Different countries in Europe have different laws on Cannabis. The general Europe law permits the consumption of CBD products containing no more than 0.2% THC (0.1% less than American law). There are some exceptions, such as Slovenia, that has a complete ban on all Cannabis-derived substances, including CBD.
France follows the EU laws around industrial hemp, allowing the purchase of CBD. They are also the largest producer of hemp, which they mostly produce for hemp paper.
In 2018, French health authorities shut down CBD shops sending a directive clarifying the regulation of CBD products. “Products and especially CBD-based e-liquids are prohibited if they contain THC regardless of the rate and not obtained from varieties and part of authorized plants.” France states, “The 0.2% THC limit principle exists to allow the use of hemp for industrial and commercial purposes”.
Italy made Cannabis legal in 2007 for medicinal purposes.
In the 1940s, Italy was the world’s second-largest producer of hemp industrially until after World War II when the country took on a new approach to the world of hemp by banning the business altogether! In 2017 however, a government official shifted the perspective and no longer required the authorization for personal cultivation of hemp with a maximum THC of 0.2% with a ‘tolerance level’ up to 0.6%. (More than America). Greek law states that hemp-derived substances are not drugs, due to not containing high amounts of THC. Hence, CBD can be purchased legally there, as long as they include 0.2% or less of THC (like other parts of Europe).
In Germany, CBD and medical Cannabis are legal and have been so for over two years.
Recreational Cannabis remains illegal; Germany holds a progressive stance on the consumption of the substance. Patients in need of CBD must get a marijuana card and a doctor’s prescription.
Similar to the US, in Canada, hemp flower with THC of less than .3% is legal as long as it falls under the regulations in the Cannabis act.
Unfortunately, hemp is often confused with marijuana, and there is still a stigma towards CBD. Hemp-derived CBD is legal, and possession should pose no legal issues in most of the United States and many other countries. However, it is essential to understand the law around CBD use in whatever country you abide.
Here is a list of CBD legalized countries:
United States, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Wales. In Mexico since 2015, the laws have profoundly relaxed.