Is CBD legal in my country
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Is CBD Legal In My Country?
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Is CBD Legal In My Country?

The legality of cannabis for medical use or as a dietary supplement varies by country. Cannabis laws around the world may vary in terms of possession, distribution, cultivation, how it can be consumed, and what medical conditions it can be used for.

The use of cannabis for recreational purposes is prohibited in most countries around the world. Many countries around the world have adopted a policy of decriminalization to make simple possession a non-criminal offense. Others have much more severe penalties. For example, in some Asian countries possession of cannabis can result in imprisonment for several years. In most Middle Eastern countries, possession of very small amounts can result in more severe punishments.

In the United States, for examples, the legal status varies according to state. Read more about CBD Oil in the US here.

The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

While most of us understand the difference between CBD and THC, there is another less known, but very important difference when it comes to CBD legality, and that is the difference between marijuana and hemp.

It is a fact that marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis family. There is, however, an important difference between the two. The most crucial difference between them is the amount of CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) each plant produces. A marijuana plant can contain up to 30% THC. In other words, marijuana is the plant that gives you the euphoric, psychoactive effects. The hemp plant contains no more than 0.3% THC. This makes it almost impossible to feel high from consuming hemp. This is the reason hemp is legal in most countries and safe for elderly people, children, and even pets.

The Legality of CBD

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in most countries. CBD is also found in the marijuana plant. Marijuana-derived CBD is not legal in most countries because the growth and cultivation of marijuana are not legal. CBD derived from hemp has no psychoactive effects, therefore the purchase, sales, or possession of hemp CBD products are completely legal in most places.

Because hemp is sometimes confused with marijuana, there is still some stigma towards hemp-derived CBD. However, from a legal perspective, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal and possession should not cause any legal issues in most countries.

Legal Status Of CBD Around The World

Countries that have effectively legalized both recreational marijuana and medicinal cannabis include Canada, Georgia, Spain, and Uruguay.

In the United States, 9 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. You can read a more detailed guide on the legal status of CBD Oil in the US here.

To the surprise of many, marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands. Possession remains illegal it’s just that possession and sale is tolerated in designated coffee shops.

The list of countries that have legalized the medical use of cannabis is much longer. These countries include:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

Other countries have more restrictive laws that only allow the use of certain cannabinoids like CBD. In the United States, 31 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Hemp products are legal in all 50 States of the United States. In Europe, marijuana and cannabis laws differ from country to country. According to EU law, CBD products cannot contain more than 0.2% THC. This applies to all counties in the European Union.

Germany

In Germany, medicinal cannabis is prescribed for “seriously ill” patients. The law doesn’t define what exactly “seriously ill” means. In most cases, medical marijuana (containing THC) is prescribed to those suffering from multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, serious appetite loss or nausea from chemotherapy. Hemp products can be purchased from shops without a prescription. Hemp oil and any other products derived from hemp are completely legal for all purposes in Germany.

Disclaimer: As of this moment, the legality of CBD in Germany is under investigation. Therefore, the information contained in this article may not align with the current legal information available.

Denmark

In Denmark, possessing hemp oil is legal if the THC content is below 0.2%. Hemp oil is classified as a medicinal drug, that means Danish people will need a prescription from their healthcare provider to purchase hemp oil. There is one exception for topical CBD products such as creams and lip balm. These do not require a medical prescription.

Sweden

Sweden has some of Europe’s most restrictive drug laws. There are currently no specific laws about CBD in Sweden yet, so CBD is in a gray zone here. CBD is not classified as a medicine, but the medical agency is currently working on doing so. Classifying CBD as a medicine needs to be tried in court first and the process will take a long time.

According to EU laws, CBD products cannot contain more than 0,2% THC and this applies to Sweden as well. People in Sweden can buy CBD products freely if they have less than 0,2% THC and are hemp-derived CBD. The only difference is that CBD products in Sweden won’t mention anything about positive health effects as it is not classified as a medicine. Just as it is in Denmark, there is an exception for topical CBD products such as creams and lip balm, they can be marketed however we want.

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Comments

  1. AvatarJayce R

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

    1. adminadmin

      Hi Jayce,

      I am sorry to hear that your oils have been taken in customs. There are some countries that we are not able to ship to. We can ship to most European countries. We cannot ship to Norway, Greenland and Iceland. Which country are you from?

      – I look forward to hearing from you

      Best regards
      Katrine from Nordic Oil

        1. SilviyaSilviya

          Hi David,

          Thank you for your interest in our products! Unfortunately, we are not shipping to Chile (yet), but we are working on expanding our reach, so we can help even more people. If you have any specific questions regarding our products, I would recommend you drop our customer service an email at info@nordicoil.dk.

          I hope we hear from you soon!

          Kind regards,
          Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. adminadmin

      Hi J

      In Norway it is only legal to have 100% THC-free products. Even when the product is 100% THC-free it can still be hard to get through customs.

      Best regards
      Katrine from Nordic Oil

  2. AvatarBrittany M

    Hello! My mom is traveling from the States to Ireland! Trying to find out if CBD oil legal to fly over and to have it with her during her trip? Will she need an Rx from a doctor and product into? Thank you so much!

  3. AvatarElizly Steyn

    Hi do you know if Hemp CDB oil legal in Taiwan and can is ship it to a friend there from South Africa

    1. AlysshaAlyssha Article Author

      Hi Elizly,

      In Taiwan, CBD is classified as a pharmaceutical product. That means your friend would have to get a prescription from a medical professional to get CBD there. It would be illegal for you to ship it from South Africa.

      Best regards,
      Alyssha from Nordic Oil

    1. adminadmin

      Hi Grzegorz,

      We currently do not ship to the Philippines, however, I would recommend that you drop our customer service an email. They will be able to give you further advice and maybe arrange for a shipment. Please email info@nordicoil.dk.

      I hope my answer has been helpful

      Kind regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

      1. SilviyaSilviya

        Dear Mike,

        Unfortunately, Nordic Oil does not ship to Panama (yet). We are working hard to make our oils and other CBD products accessible to everyone, but it is a lengthy process, especially because many countries have their own specific rules when regulations when it comes to CBD. We do, however, ship to many counties in Europe, and very soon to every state in the US.
        If you are interested in our products, please browse through our shops https://nordicoil.com/ (US), https://nordicoil.de/ (European) and feel free to get back in touch.

        Best regards,
        Silviya from Nordic Oil

  4. AvatarTim

    Hey there,

    My Girlfriend is from China. How are the laws regarding CBD over there and would I be able to ship it to her?
    I did some research but the information received seems more guessed as proved.

    Thank you very much

    1. adminadmin

      Hi Tim,

      Unfortunately we don’t ship to China. As far as we know, hemp derived CBD Oil with less than 0,3% THC is legal in many countries across the world, including China. However I would highly recommend that you contact the authorities there and confirm the legality status before you decide to send anything.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Kind regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. adminadmin

      Hi Mohammad,

      Unfortunately, we do not ship to Bahrain, therefore we cannot 100% confirm the legal status of CBD products there. I would highly recommend that you contact the authorities in Bahrain to get a comprehensive answer.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Kind regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

  5. AvatarMelanie

    Hello I want to find out if CBD is legal in the Philippines. My Mom is 79 years old and she is having a lot of pain on her hips and legs due to arthritis.

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Melanie,

      I am sorry to hear about your mom’s health problems. CBD may, in fact, be a suitable treatment, however as we do not regularly ship to the Philippines, we cannot comment on the legal status of CBD there. I would recommend that you speak to a healthcare practitioner or the local authorities regarding your question.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

  6. AvatarAl

    Hi there

    Can you comment on the legality of THC free CBD oil in Saudi Arabia? I have recently discovered the benefits of CBD oil and travel there quite often and would lime to bring it with me.

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Al,

      As Nordic Oil does not ship to Saudi Arabia, we cannot 100% confirm the legal status of CBD in this country. I would highly recommend that you contact the local authorities to get an expert answer before you take any CBD products to Saudi Arabia.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Kat,

      Unfortunately, Nordic Oil doesn’t currently ship to Australia or Malaysia on a regular basis.
      However, our customer service team will be happy to check if there is any possibility for our products to be delivered to you. Please drop them an email at info@nordicoil.dk

      We are looking forward to hearing from you.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Matt,

      As far as we know, CBD products are not regulated in Russia, which makes their use and legal status free to interpret. There have been reports of people being arrested for possession of CBD and accused of drug-trafficking, as well as reports of people being able to buy CBD Oil online somehow freely. Therefore, I would refrain from bringing CBD Oil into Russia just in case. If you want to be 100% sure, I would suggest that you contact the local authorities in Russia and clarify this subject.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best Regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

  7. AvatarNatalie A Thomas

    Hi there can you tell me if the hemp based, THC free oils are legal in Indonesia/Bali? I know any THC is illegal but if it has no THC is it still considered a cannibis product and illegal?

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Natalie,

      From what we are aware, CBD Oil, even with a small or non-existent THC level is considered illegal in Indonesia/Bali. I would, however, recommend that you get in touch with the local authorities and let them clarify what exactly the law regarding CBD products says.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Adbooh,

      Thank you very much in your interest in our products! Unfortunately we do not ship to Turkey (yet), however, we do ship to Greece. Would this be a possibility for you?

      Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hello,

      Nordic Oil is rapidly expanding and we make it our goal to deliver our products to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we have not made it to the Middle East yet. We do, however, ship to many European countries. Would any European country be an option for you?

      I am looking forward to hearing from you!

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Dan,

      CBD products with lower than 0,3% concent of THC are legal in most European countries. The one exception we know of is Slovakia.
      However, I would recommend that you speak to the local authorities of the countries you are interested in buying CBD from any specific country.

      Nordic Oil also ships to a list of countries in Europe, so if you are interested in any of our products, please let me know and I will get you in touch with our customer service, in case you have any questions.
      Please visit https://nordicoil.de/alle-produkte for a list of all our products.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya form Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Domen,

      As we do not ship to Iceland, we cannot give you a 100% credible answer. Our understanding is that CBD is unfortunately considered illegal in this country, because it may contain traces of THC. The Iceland police confirmed this in a Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/logreglan/posts/916202321776650/
      Our advice is to not bring CBD into Iceland.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.
      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. AvatarMario

      I guess I could have specified on my question above if “Crystalline Isolate” CBD oil class is allowed in Morocco for medical use? As I see from your range of products, “Full Spectrum” CBD oil is not likely to be legal in most countries who haven’t regulated marijuana for medical use.

      1. SilviyaSilviya

        To answer your second question, as we do not ship to Morocco, we cannot give an adequate answer to whether CBD is legal or not there. Every country makes its own regulation regarding CBD and this doesn’t always depend on whether marijuana for medical use is regulated or not. Overall in Europe and the EU (where we primarily ship to), CBD products containing less than 0,3% of THC are considered legal and safe for free consumption by individual older than 18.

    2. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Mario,

      Unfortunately, we don’t ship to Morocco. We are, however, expanding rapidly so maybe one day our products would be available there as well.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hello Krishnamaraju,

      As far as we know, CBD is not legal in India, therefore, any CBD products imported to this country will be considered illegal too.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hello Maurizio,

      Yes, we do ship to Italy regularly! If you are interested in our products, please visit https://nordicoil.it/, we also have Italian- speaking customer service, you if you have any questions, feel free to message them via the live chat.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

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