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Where In the World Can I Take My CBD?

November 25, 2019 13 min read

With the holidays quickly approaching, the demand for travel steadily increases.  Whether you are riding solo or with your loved ones, what happens when you're traveling as a CBD user?  What are the laws and regulations?

Serving as a follow-up for our state-by-state breakdown on CBD regulations, here is a breakdown of several countries and their respective laws on hemp-derived CBD!

Disclaimer:Regulations are subject to change without notice.  This blog is not to be used as legal advice.  Envy CBD does not hold responsibility on whether these regulations are enforced or otherwise.

what is cbd?

CBD, or cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound most commonly found in both hemp and cannabis.  Unlike it's psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, thus allowing the mass proliferation of CBD products to enter into markets worldwide.

When CBD enters the body, it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis by inhibiting or stimulating the biological processes of the respective body system to perceived threat.  As a result, the inclusion of CBD into one's daily wellness routine has become an attractive option for a variety of daily discomforts ranging from pain management to stress relief.

north america

The majority of North American countries are relatively friendly to CBD.  Be sure to check regulations on each country before you decide to fly there.

antigua and barbuda

CBD | LEGAL

Antigua and Barbuda passed the Cannabis Bill of 2018 effectively legalizing the cultivation, production, and possession of medical cannabis for qualifying patients and religious groups.  Adults can not legally possess a maximum of 15 grams of cannabis for personal use.  Therefore, hemp-derived CBD products are legal.

bahamas

CBD | LEGAL

Despite the Bahamas continuing to outlaw cannabis and its products for both recreational and medical users, hemp-derived CBD products can be found in most pharmacies throughout the country.  You should have no issue traveling or purchasing CBD products within the country.

barbados

CBD | ILLEGAL

Cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD, are illegal to possess in the country of Barbados.  Even simple personal possession of it can land you in jail.  As of August 2019, however, the Barbados government is currently going through legalization for medical cannabis, which, if successful, should allow access of hemp-derived CBD products to be obtained for medical patients.

belize

CBD | LEGAL

The Misuse of Drugs Act of 2017 effectively decriminalized cannabis for recreational use.  Residents may now possess up to 10 grams of cannabis.  Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in Belize as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3%.

canada

CBD | LEGAL

Similar to the United States, hemp-derived CBD products are legal to possess as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3% and complies with the regulations set forth in the Cannabis Act.

costa rica

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD is legal to possess in Costa Rica as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3%.  There is, however, several import regulations that prevent easily accessibility over the product(s).

el salvador

CBD | ILLEGAL

El Salvador, Peru, and Bolivia stand as the most conservative Latin American countries in regard to drug policy.  According to the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the production and possession of cannabis, including its derivatives such as CBD are classified as illegal.

guatemala

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in Guatemala as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3%.

haiti

CBD | ILLEGAL

Both medical and recreational cannabis, and all its derivatives including CBD, is illegal in Haiti.

honduras

CBD | ILLEGAL

Both medical and recreational cannabis, and all its derivatives including CBD, is illegal in Honduras.

jamaica

CBD | LEGAL

Jamaica allows the possession of hemp-derived CBD products as long as the THC does not exceed a significant amount - though, the Jamaican government does not explicitly state what percentage content the THC must not exceed.

mexico

CBD | LEGAL

Mexico has fully legalized recreational cannabis and cannabis derivatives, including that of CBD.  One should celebrate the relative ease to legally purchase products in the country.

nicaragua

CBD | ILLEGAL

The production, sale, and possession of any form of cannabis, including CBD, is illegal for both recreational and medical uses.

panama

CBD | ILLEGAL

The production, sale, and possession of any form of cannabis, including CBD, is illegal for both recreational and medical uses.

puerto rico

CBD | LEGAL

As a territory of the United States, hemp-derived CBD products that possess a THC content that does not exceed 0.3% is legal for purchase and possession.

saint vincent and the grenadines

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Cannabis in Saint Vincent and The Grendadines is illegal for recreational uses but legal for medical patients.  Qualifying patients may be prescribed CBD oil from licensed companies.

trinidad and tobago

CBD | LEGAL

While cannabis is illegal for both recreational users and medical patients, pure, hemp-derived CBD that does not contain any THC is legal for possession in Trinidad and Tobago.

united states

CBD | LEGAL

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products are legal to purchase and possess as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3%.  Each state largely exercises their own rules for CBD products.  Check out our state-by-state guide on CBD legality here.

virgin islands

CBD | LEGAL

As a territory of the United States, hemp-derived CBD products that possess a THC content that does not exceed 0.3% is legal for purchase and possession.

europe

Outside of countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, and most non-member states of the European Union, the majority of the EU has some degree of a CBD regulation.  Whether it be available to all or available to medical patients, the recurring theme is that the THC content is to not exceed 0.2%.  Check out our country-by-country breakdown below.

albania

CBD | ILLEGAL

Though Albanian law does not legalize the use of cannabis or any of its derivatives, the country has largely decriminalized personal possession of it.  Therefore, CBD for personal use is not punishable by law, though, due to the lack of actual legislation, we are playing it safe and marking the country as illegal.

andorra

CBD | ILLEGAL

The production, sale, and possession of any form of cannabis, including that of hemp-derived CBD products, are illegal for both recreational and medical users.

austria

CBD | LEGAL

Cannabis flower and extracts containing CBD can be legally sold.  These products, however, cannot be labeled or marketed as a food supplement or medication.  All products must contain less than 0.3% THC.

belarus

CBD | ILLEGAL

Belarus does not make a distinction between hemp and cannabis in terms of psychotropic drugs.  Therefore, it is illegal to produce, sell, distribute, and possess any form of cannabis for both recreational or medical use.

bosnia-herzegovina

CBD | ILLEGAL

Being that Bosnia-Herzegovina falls along the Balkan trading route between Eastern and Central Europe, the production, sale, distribution, and possession of cannabis products and all its derivatives (including CBD) are illegal.

bulgaria

CBD | LEGAL

Bulgaria made history by becoming the first EU country to allow the free sale of hemp-derived CBD products.  This makes CBD products legal and easy to purchase in the country as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

croatia

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

cyprus

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD is legal to purchase as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.

czech republic

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD is legal to purchase as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.

denmark

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Danish law allows whole plant possession of both hemp-derived and cannabis-derived products for medical patients.

estonia

CBD | LEGAL

According to Estonian law, CBD is classified differently than THC due to its lack of psychoactive effects.  Therefore, the possession of hemp-derived CBD products is legal.

finland

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Finland recognizes the potential health benefits of hemp-derived CBD products.  Accessibility, however, is limited to those with a prescription.

france

CBD | LEGAL

Technically, France's stance on hemp-derived CBD products are legal to possess as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.  When it comes to accessibility, however, the French Health Deparments look to clarify the law to reflect that 0% THC is acceptable; indicating that CBD isolates are legal whereas Full Spectrum CBD products are not.

germany

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Germany decriminalizes the use of recreational cannabis but largely enforces a loose personal possession limit that varies from city-to-city.  CBD and medical cannabis, however, are legal to consume in the country with patients required to be prescribed before purchases may occur.

greece

CBD | LEGAL

According to Greek law, hemp-derived CBD products are classified as drugs due to the inability for the compound to be psychoactive.  Therefore, CBD products can be legally purchased in Greece as long as they contain 0.2% THC or less.

georgia

CBD | ILLEGAL

Similar to other countries that do not expressly differentiate the difference between THC and CBD, Georgia joins the majority of post-Soviet countries that outlaw the possession of CBD.

hungary

CBD | LEGAL

According to Hungarian law, both hemp-derived and cannabis-derived CBD products are legal to possess as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

Iceland

CBD | ILLEGAL

While Iceland does not have legislation explicitly banning the sale, production, and distribution of CBD,  the country does, however, have strict laws concerning medical supplements; making quality CBD difficult to find.  When it comes to enforcement, the lack of explicit legislation make possession confusing, therefore, we'll play it safe and mark Iceland as an illegal country for CBD.

ireland

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legal to possess so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

italy

CBD | LEGAL

Despite Italy originally being one of the largest producers of industrial hemp in Europe, strict legislation coupled with poor enforcement leads to a confusing definition of the legal status of CBD products.  Legally, the country allows CBD oil to contain a maximum of 0.3% THC.  However, depending on the region, enforcement might not be so friendly to allow possession.

latvia

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

lithuania

CBD | LEGAL

According to Lithuanian law, hemp cultivation was legalized in 2014.  For both recreational and medical users, the possession of hemp-derived CBD products is legal as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

luxembourg

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

malta

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

According to Maltese law, all cannabinoids from both cannabis and hemp are controlled by the 2018 Drug Dependence Act.  This legalizes medical cannabis for prescription use only.  Qualified patients may legally obtain CBD products so as long as the brand supplier is in compliance under the Medicines Act and manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

moldova

CBD | ILLEGAL

Similar to most Eastern European countries, Moldova exercises a zero tolerance policy on cannabis and its derivatives, including that of hemp-derived CBD.  While the legislation states its illegality, personal possession is largely decriminalized.

montenegro

CBD | ILLEGAL

The production, sale, and possession of any form of cannabis, including hemp-derived CBD products, are illegal in Montenegro for both recreational and medical users.

netherlands

CBD | LEGAL

CBD oil is legal in the Netherlands as long as it was produced outside the country.  As a member of the EU, hemp-derived CBD products are legal to possess as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

north macedonia

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal for medical purposes in North Macedonia.

norway

CBD | LEGAL

CBD oil is widely accepted in Norway.  In fact, the Norwegian Parliament decriminalized personal  drug use in 2017.  CBD oil is legal to purchase and possess as long as there's 0% THC.

poland

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

portugal

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

romania

CBD | LEGAL

Romania allows the production, sale, distribution, and possession of hemp-derived CBD products as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

russia

CBD | LEGAL

Russia also stands as one of the most heavily cultivated areas of hemp on the continent.  Despite heavy regulation of hemp-derived CBD, brands are now legally able to sell their respective products within the country.

SERBIA

CBD | ILLEGAL

Serbia classifies all cannabis products, including its derivatives such as hemp-derived CBD, as illegal for both recreational and medical purposes.

slovakia

CBD | ILLEGAL

Despite being part of the EU, the Narcotics Act of 2011 includes hemp-derived CBD as part of the list of regulated substances and as such, is illegal to possess and use within the country.  Luckily, a draft law passed in August of 2019 deletes CBD from the list of psychotropic substances.  Parliament is set to vote on the issue in February 2020.

slovenia

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

spain

CBD | LEGAL

Following the lead of international law, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2% and follows other restrictions such as products not being classified or marketed as food supplements.

sweden

CBD | LEGAL

Sweden has some of the most restrictive drug laws in Europe.  Luckily, Swedish courts published a ruling that effectively differentiates CBD products and THC ones; paving the way for legalization of CBD products.  Accessibility, however, remains an issue.

switzerland

CBD | LEGAL

As a member of the European Union, hemp-derived CBD products are legally obtainable so as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

turkey

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD products are legal to possess in the country as long as the THC content is 0% - meaning, CBD Isolates are legal whereas Full Spectrum is not.

ukraine

CBD | LEGAL

Hemp-derived CBD products are not classified the same as cannabis-derived products.  Therefore, it is legal to possess CBD products in the country as long as the finished products do not contain ANY THC.

united kingdom

CBD | LEGAL

While cannabis remains illegal in the UK, hemp-derived CBD products are safe to possess.

south america

Across the South American continent, countries are beginning to join the global race to supply the best cannabis to the world.  That doesn't necessarily mean cannabis and its derivatives, such as hemp-derived CBD are easily accessible to residents.  Check out our breakdown below.

argentina

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

In 2017 the Argentine senate approved accessibility for hemp-derived CBD oil for medical patients, thus making it legal to possess and purchase with a prescription.

bolivia

CBD | ILLEGAL

The production, sale, and possession of cannabis and all its derivatives, including CBD oil, is illegal in Bolivia.

brazil

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Historically, Brazil has followed the United Nations' drug standards on the legality of cannabis and its derivatives.  In 2015, however, the country legalized medical CBD oil, allowing qualifying patients access to its respective products.

chile

CBD | LEGAL

Cannabis in Chile is illegal for both recreational and medical uses.  The country does, however, recognize the medical efficacy of hemp-derived CBD and as such, allows the possession of its respective products as long as the THC content does not exceed 0.3%.

colombia

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

In 2015, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos signed legislation allowing cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD, to be legally accessible for medical patients.  Qualifying patients may be prescribed CBD and medical cannabis through licensed dispensaries.

ecuador

CBD | ILLEGAL

Despite the country allowing possession of up to 10 grams, cannabis in Ecuador is technically illegal for both recreational and medical uses.  We do not recommend possessing CBD in the country.

guyana

CBD | ILLEGAL

Cannabis in Guyana is illegal for all uses.  Despite the country allowing widespread cultivation of both cannabis and hemp, simple possession of it, including its derivatives such as CBD, is punishable by law.

paraguay

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Cannabis, including its derivatives such as hemp-derived CBD, is illegal for recreational uses but legal for medical patients.  Patients suffering from illnesses where there is scientific evidence that cannabis is effective for treatment may be prescribed from licensed dispensaries.

peru

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

Cannabis, including its derivatives such as hemp-derived CBD, is illegal for recreational uses, however, the country does not enforce personal possession as long as less than 8 grams is being held.  Medical cannabis, including that of CBD products, are legally accessible for qualifying patients.

suriname

CBD | ILLEGAL

Cannabis, including its derivatives such as hemp-derived CBD, is illegal for both recreational and medical uses.  Given that cannabis is the most popular illegal drug in the country, we do not recommend consuming anything remotely similar to cannabis in Suriname.

uruguay

CBD | LEGAL

Uruguay has extremely relaxed cannabis laws.  Both recreational and medical cannabis is legal and cultivation of up to six plants is permitted for personal use.  The Uruguayan government does not want to promote cannabis tourism, so accessibility is limited to residents only.

venezuela

CBD | ILLEGAL

Both recreational and medical cannabis, including all its derivatives such as hemp-derived CBD are illegal in Venezuela

ASIA

When it comes to cannabis and CBD, asian countries generally exercise a zero tolerance policy on them.  Be weary of traveling to these countries should you consider bringing over your CBD.  Out of the 48 countries, here are the most prosperous countries' laws on CBD.

china

CBD | ILLEGAL

The majority of Chinese farms are allowed to cultivate industrial hemp and cannabis as to take advantage of the massive demand and popularity worldwide.  When it comes to possession, however, both cannabis and hemp-derived products are expressly illegal.

india

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

According to the AYUSH ministry, growing hemp is allowed only with special permission.  When it comes to possession, hemp-derived CBD products are legally available as Ayurvedic medicine.

japan

CBD | LEGAL

In Japan, standard cannabis possession can land you in prison for a minimum of 5 years.  Hemp-derived CBD products that contain 0% THC, however, is legal.

singapore

CBD | ILLEGAL

Singapore exercises a total, zero tolerance policy on drugs.  As it stands, the country makes no distinction between CBD and THC.

south korea

CBD | LEGAL FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS

South Korea stands as the first country in Asia to legalize medical cannabis.  Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal but is strictly for medical purposes and may be purchased off a short list of approved drugs.

the bottom line

The list is endless, but this is currently the most information we can find on the subject.  Be sure to follow this article and we'll keep it updated as laws change and more countries are added.  Best of luck and safe travels!


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