IS CBD LEGAL IN THE U.S.?
WHAT COUNTRIES IS CBD LEGAL?
These are a few questions we get asked from time to time so we thought we would write a short article on the Legality of CBD Oil in America and around the World.
In this Article we will discuss the Legality currently surrounding Hemp CBD Oil products in the United States and around the Globe. Further, we will explain the 2018 Farm Bill that changed the CBD status in America. Also, we will discuss the current CBD laws in the larger Countries around the world.
IS CBD LEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES?
SHORT ANSWER: YES!
According to the 2018 Farm Bill, that was signed in December of that year by the President, changed the legality for Industrial Hemp. Before this legislation Hemp was aligned with its “cousin” plant Marijuana as a Scheduled 1 Drug. The hemp plant and marijuana plant are both varieties of the Cannabis Sativa Plant.
(They have classes/schedules of 1-5, these drugs are based on “danger” levels,)
(i.e. heroine is a 1 and cough syrup is a 5.)
Meaning, the Hemp Plant, in their eyes, was a dangerous drug with no medicinal value. We all know now how insane that was, and we could write books about how terrible that classification has been on Hemp and Marijuana. Especially, for people living in impoverished communities, as well as American financial sectors.
2018 FARM BILL
This landmark legislation was a blessing for the CBD industry and Industrial Hemp manufacturers. The bill was built upon the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed for a heavily restricted pilot program for certain farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.
The 2018 Bill expanded the allowance for industrial Hemp production to be done more freely and with no restrictions on possessing, transporting, and selling over state lines.
This is legal as long as the Hemp
is cultivated with 0.3% or less of THC levels.
Furthermore, Industrial Hemp is now classified as an Agricultural product like corn or soy crops, as it should have been decades ago.
Today, all legal industrial hemp is bred to have this tiny amount of thc and usually about 30-40% of CBD in the plant as well. Conversely, marijuana plants have very low levels of CBD and 30-40% of THC in them.
So any Hemp CBD product will never get you “high”. In fact, most reputable brands will even filter out this small amount to make all the cbd oil completely thc-free.
In addition, some individual states have restrictions of their own. For example, in Idaho the CBD Oil has to be 100% THC-free. So there are a few states with minor restrictions, but rarely enforced, as common sense and education expands.
- Industrial hemp cbd oil is legal in all of America.
- It must contain 0.3% or less of THC to be legal.
- Anything over this amount of THC, from the hemp plant or the marijuana plant, is still illegal.
- Most Brands will strain this fractional amount to make their products THC-Free.
- No Worries about Hemp CBD getting you High.
WHAT COUNTRIES IS CBD CURRENTLY LEGAL
Again, every Country or Territory might have some minor restrictions. I.E. 0.2 or 0.3% THC levels, but as of Today the European Union EU Industrial Hemp is legal.
- Individual EU States control regulation and legalization of CBD themselves.
- Most European Countries Hemp CBD Oil is legal if it contains 0.3% or less of THC.
- CBD edibles are classified as novel food and have stricter regulations.
- Each Country might have other “paper” restrictions put in place, but many of these are in constant change and rarely enforced. It’s best to search for your own Countries regulations regarding CBD if this is a concern.
A More comprehensive Newsweek article on individual countries- Click Here.
Yes, In Australia Hemp-derived CBD Oil is legal to purchase and consume. The oil is classified as a dietary supplement and must contain 0.005% or less of THC.
No, only approved shops selling some thc-free beauty/skincare products are allowed. Nor can you buy CBD online. Ironically, China is the biggest producer of Hemp as well as exporting it.
Who Knows lol. As of today, there is no definitive sources to what is and isn’t allowed. However, South Africa is the only Country to date, to have a reported market for CBD. For the other Countries on the Continent is has not developed as of yet.
Under the 2018 Cannabis Act CBD from Hemp is legal, but restricted. One can grow up to four plants for personal use, and for business would need a government license. Each Province or Territory has their own regulations regarding CBD. Further, importing CBD into Canada will most likely get your products seized and destroyed at customs.
CBD CURRENTLY LEGAL:
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.
To conclude, CBD made from Industrial Hemp and under 0.3% THC is legal in America to buy, consume, and sell. Furthermore, around the world there is a lot of grey areas that still exist because it is still a relatively new market.
Most countries allow some form of it when the cbd is made from Hemp. Importing CBD from the U.S. into a foreign country is another story. Again, depends on the Country.
For example, importing any cbd product from the U.S. to Canada will most likely be seized at customs and destroyed. Other countries like Japan, it will be allowed in, if you provide a lab analysis and it is made from the hemp seeds or stalks.
So do your due diligence if you are in business or a consumer in a particular country. More often than not one is free to possess, consume, and sell hemp cbd oil.