Legal status of CBD

CBD legality

CBD products have seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to their multiple uses and tremendous health benefits. But seen as CBD is extracted from industrial hemp this has created a lot of discussions to do with its legality.

For the European Union and the United Kingdom, CBD products with 0.2% or less THC content are legal. But it depends on the country whether CBD is legal for purchase to the general public or whether it is strictly legal in a medical sense when prescribed by a doctor. This is due to each country’s laws and restrictions surrounding the control of CBD.

We have created a list to help you better understand the legality surrounding CBD products in the EU and UK.

United Kingdom:

The laws surrounding the use of cannabis-related products in the U.K can be confusing, to say the least, but for CBD products they are completely legal. Seen as CBD products are not controlled and have no restrictions, CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal for purchasing and selling in the U.K.


Austria:

According to the Austrian Narcotic Substances Act, the use of psychotropic substances is illegal therefore allowing CBD to be used legally as it has no psychotropic properties. Link to the LAW


Belgium:

Direct quote from the Belgian country drug report produced by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction – “In 2003, personal possession of cannabis was differentiated from the possession of other controlled substances, whereby the public prosecutor did not have to prosecute if there was no evidence of problematic drug use or of public nuisance”. Link  CBD is legal in Belgium as long as it doesn’t contain THC (over the 0.2% mark).


Bulgaria:

CBD is legal in Bulgaria as long as the product contains less than 0.2% THC. Link


Croatia:

CBD in Croatia is currently prohibited.


Cyprus:

If the CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC then it is legal. This is according to The republic of Cyprus Law.


Czech Republic:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in the Czech Republic.


Denmark:

CBD use in Denmark is complicated and in general, is considered legal only with a prescribed note from your Doctor.


Estonia:

CBD use is legal in Estonia seen as it is a non-psychotropic substance. Use of CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC.


Finland:

CBD products can only be obtained from a doctor through a medical prescription.


France:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in France.


Germany:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Germany. Also, CBD products can be obtained from a doctor through a medical prescription.


Greece:

CBD products are legal in Greece as long as they contain up to or less than 0.2% THC.


Hungary:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Hungary.


Ireland:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Ireland.


Italy:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Italy.


Latvia:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Latvia.


Lithuania:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Lithuania.


Luxembourg:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Luxembourg.


Malta:

CBD products are not legal to buy in Malta including those marketed as food supplements. But CBD can be prescribed to patients if it is seen viable by their doctor. Link


Netherlands:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in the Netherlands.


Poland:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Poland.


Portugal:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Portugal.


Romania:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Romania.


Slovakia:

Slovakia is the only country in the E.U where CBD is strictly illegal.


Slovenia:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Slovenia.


Spain:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Spain.


Sweden:

CBD products with 0.2% THC content or less are legal in Sweden.

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