Cannabidiol

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.”

According to a report from the World Health Organization

In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

Is Cannabidiol Legal? *

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, CBD derived from marijuana, is not legal federally. Therefore CBD legality is determined by the source plant in the US.

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in:

  • 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
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Wales

*The information provided above concerning Hemp-derived CBD and it's legality are subject to change, please confirm with the local governing body of authorities.

Evidence for Cannabidiol Health Benefits

Cannabidiol (CBD) addresses an emerging public health issue in lieu of aging populations.

CBD offers options for treating chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, opioid symptom management, depression, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, type 1 diabetes, glaucoma, gastrointestinal issues, menstrual cramps, neuropathic pain and inflammation, nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and cancer-associated pain, multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms (MS), general muscle stiffness and even hangovers. Evidence is emerging to suggest that CBD halts the growth and spread of cancer.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD binds to the cannabinoid receptor CB1, restrains rather than activates CB1 signalling that act on receptors to mediate neuropathic pain and inflammation, while increasing serotonin.

Why Is CBD 'Suddenly' Popular?

Why is CBD is among the most popular things on the Internet, only outranked by a few search keywords? Our attention as a culture has become more focused on self-care, wellness, alternative health regimens and therapies, and there's demand for nontoxic medications with less harmful side effects.

Not All CBD Is Created Equal † ‡

We are in favor of CBD products that are comprehensively labeled for wellness treatments and supplements so one knows what the chemical makeup is of the product they are consuming topically or internally.

Our formulated cannabidiol products are pharmaceutical-grade and meet the clinical research standards of 99% pure.

We caution against self-medication of CBD products as commercially available preparations have been found to be contaminated by heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic solvents during the CBD extraction process.

If you'd like more information concerning CBD, talk with our AI-clinician in real-time and schedule an available time to talk to a certified human clinician — if for no other reason than to confirm that (pharmaceutical, over-the - counter, and or herbal supplements) you maybe will not increase serotonin to damaging and unhealthy levels.

Hemp-Derived CBD Laws *


CBD Laws in Europe

In Europe, marijuana and cannabis laws differ from country to country. While the general EU law permits the consumption of CBD products containing no more than 0.2% THC, there are a few exceptions such as Croatia, and Slovenia, etc; that applies an outright ban to all cannabis and cannabis derived substances including CBD.

Germany

CBD and medical cannabis are legal substances in Germany and have been so for over 2 years now. Patients requiring CBD are expected to get a marijuana card and doctors prescription for their medications.

While recreational cannabis remains illegal, Germany holds a liberal stance on the private and public consumption of the substance.

Italy

Italy legalized cannabis for medical use in 2007, with many caveats. In the 1940s, Italy was said to be the world’s second-biggest producer of industrial hemp, but after World War II, the country adopted a different approach to the cultivation of hemp, banning the business completely. In 2017 , a government directive shifted the perspective by no longer requiring authorization for cultivating hemp with a maximum THC content of 0.2% with a tolerance level up to 0.6%. CBD Oil was Legal in Italy as long as the product had less than 0.6% THC. High CBD cannabis strains were also available in Italy in smokeable form, commonly called Cannabis Light.However, in June 2019, the Supreme Court outlawed so called "Cannabis Light" as the Interior Minister put the pressure on to shut down CBD shops. The verdict means that the sale of cannabis light is prosecutable but no formal change of legislation has happened yet, so we should not expect all stores to shut immediately; that will depend on local enforcement.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria made history by becoming the first EU country to allow free sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol. Tis makes CBD products legal and easy to purchase in Bulgaria, as long as they contain less than 0.2% of THC.

Cyprus

Cyprus follows the EU regulations and allows cultivation of hemp. Any products manufactured from this plans must not exceed 0.2% of THC, making regular CBD products legal to purchase.

Czech Republic

Hemp derived CBD is legal to purchase as long as it has less than .3% THC (higher than the EU limit of .2%THC).

Austria

In Austria the legal situation regarding CBD is a bit more complicated than in Germany, cannabis flowers and extracts containing CBD can be legally sold, but not as a food supplement or medication and the maximal content of THC allowed is 0.3%.

France

France is the largest producer of hemp in Europe, mostly used for hemp paper. It is unclear whether CBD oil is legal in France. France follows the general EU law for industrial hemp and allows legal purchase of CBD products with content of 0.2% THC or less. However, in 2018, french health authorities shut down "CBD cafes" and sent out a directive clarifying regulation surrounding CBD products: "Products, and especially CBD-based e-liquids are prohibited if they contain THC regardless of the rate and if they are not obtained from varieties and part of authorized plants." France stated that "the .2% THC limit principle exists in order to allow the use of hemp for industrial and commercial purposes".This directive would seem to indicate that only CBD products with 0% THC are legal for sale/consumption, inconsistent with EU standards.

Greece

According to Greek law, hemp-derived products are not considered as drugs, as they do not contain high amounts of THC. Therefore, CBD products can be legally purchased in Greece as long as they contain .2% or less of THC.

Ireland

Pharmacies and stores in Dublin have started selling CBD products which contain less than 0.2% of THC. This is because of the recent amendments to Irish law, which have recognized CBD (hemp-derived CBD) as a non-cannabis product, making it legal. These oils and products must be developed according to HPRA and EU standards to be accepted in the market.

Finland

While CBD products in Finland are legal, they are regarded as medicine, therefore require prescription. Importing CBD products from abroad is also not easy and heavily regulated.

Denmark

While cannabis derived CBD is legal, there are controlled measures with prescriptions. Marijuana remains an illegal substance in Denmark and when reprimanded would cost you a small fine or on a heavier note, a prison sentence of up to 2 years depending on the quantity in your possession at the point of arrest.

Danish laws unequivocally prohibit the cultivation, processing, sale and or distribution of marijuana. However, only recently (January 2018) whole plant for medical and wellness purposes was made legal for a 4 years pilot.

To become eligible to purchase and use a controlled quantity of the substance in Denmark, you would require a written prescription from your licensed healthcare provider.

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 classifying it as medicine. 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. However, a recent court ruling (June, 2019) provided clarification that while hemp is excluded from the definition of cannabis, and therefore is not considered a drug.. a preparation containing THC does not meet this exception and is therefore considered a drug. (https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2019/07/24/Sweden-s-Supreme-Court-outlaws-sale-of-THC-containing-CBD-oil)

Norway

CBD oil is widely accepted in Norway. The Norwegian Parliament decriminalized personal drug use in December 2017. As long as there’s 0% trace of THC, CBD is legal. Norway is not a part of the European Union, which has a .2% THC limit. It is legal to use and possess CBD only if it is prescribed by a doctor.

The Netherlands

CBD oil is legal in the Netherlands as long as it was produced outside of The Netherlands and contains less than the legal concentration of 0.2% THC in its formulation.

The United Kingdom

Cannabis remains illegal in the United Kingdom, although the government has made some concessions on the dispensary of medical cannabis. While the UK remains strongly averse to the idea of legalized cannabis, growing public concerns and agitation is likely to shift the pendulum in the nearest future.

Canada

In Canada, as in the US, hemp flower with THC of less than .3% is legal as long as it complies with the regulations set forth in the Cannabis Act.

South Africa

In 2019 the South African Health Minister amended the country’s Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965, to remove certain cannabidiol preparations for non-serious health claims. The change to South Africa’s medicines law means the country is the first in Africa to carve out a federally approved market for nonprescription CBD.The rule change pertains to preparations that contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams of CBD and that contain not more than 0.001% of THC and not more than 0.0075% total CBD.

Asia

Many countries in Asia have some of the strictest cannabis laws in the World.

Japan

In Japan, cannabis possession alone can land you a five year prison term with 7-10 years for cultivation, sale, and transport. Surprisingly, CBD oil IS LEGAL in Japan. However, it has to contain absolutely 0% THC.

China

While the consumption of CBD has not yet been authorized in China, this hasn't stopped some states in the Country from cashing in on the cannabis boom and cultivating cannabis to produce CBD oil. To produce hemp in China requires, among other things, approval from the police to insure that the plant is bred with less than .3% THC. This is difficult to enforce in theory, as you won't know the % of THC until the hemp is harvested. China is another country with some of the strictest drug enforcement policies in the world. Cultivating and using marijuana in China are strictly forbidden, and it's uncertain whether or not CBD will be legal for use in food or medicines any time soon. Currently China permits the sale of hemp seeds and hemp oil and the use of CBD in cosmetics.

South Korea

South Korea was the first country in East Asia to legalize Medical Cannabis in November, 2018. CBD oil is legal but strictly for medical purposes from a short list of approved drugs.

Thailand

In August, 2019 the Ministry of Public Health took CBD off of the Narcotics list as long as it is 99% pure and contains no more than .01% THC by weight. This oil can be derived from cannabis or hemp as long as there is less than .01% THC. Thailand currently bans imports of 99%-pure CBD oil made from cannabis for a period of five years from the date the regulation came into effect on September 2, 2019. Any imports during that time will be considered a narcotic. While CBD oil made from cannabis is illegal to import, there is no ban on imports of CBD oil made from hemp.

Singapore

The Republic has an absolute zero tolerance position on drugs. There may be a health case for CBD in Singapore despite the harsh drug policies. In February, the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs commented that it was vital to distinguish between compounds containing unprocessed illicit substances and medically useful supplements with cannabinoids.In other words, any material with scientific evidence backing its efficacy and safety for the body might not be considered illicit. Currently, the country is exploring medical treatments and the utility of CBD.

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. It is advised to be careful when importing/exporting any products that are made from hemp/cannabis

Mexico

Mexico in days would join the league of countries that have fully legalized the cultivation, processing, sale, possession, and use of Cannabis and cannabis derivatives. This has come on the heels of an October, 31st 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

However, the laws since 2015 have been a little relaxed with medical CBD for the treatment of degenerative ailments such as cancer and Parkinson's disease.

Brazil

Brazil has been a long-time opponent of cannabis legalization, but in April 2014, the country and its regulatory authority ANVISA legalized CBD for therapeutic uses. Currently, the government has approved the import of hemp-based CBD oils for epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain, including migraine headaches.

*The information provided above concerning Hemp-derived CBD and it's legality are subject to change, please confirm with the local governing body of authorities.