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Hemp, hemp-derived products, and hemp farming are now legal in most states in the U.S., but what about in the outside world? Read to find out which countries have recognized hemp as a legal commodity.

 

The Legality of Hemp vs Marijuana

 

Hemp and marijuana are derived from the same cannabis plant but have a difference in levels of cannabinoids (chemical makeup), specifically THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which has the potential to produce psychoactive effects when taken in high amounts. Hemp usually – and to be in alignment with the law – contains no more than 0.3% of THC while marijuana contains higher levels exceeding up to 30%. For this reason, marijuana has been declared a controlled substance in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

CBD derived from Hemp vs CBD derived from Marijuana

 

Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill, CBD obtained from hemp is legal only if its THC level is within 0.3% and if only a licensed farmer cultivated the hemp CBD. Always keep in mind that the 2018 Farm Bill only legalized CBD produced from hemp, not from marijuana.

 

Marijuana, on the other hand, is legalized in some states for both recreational and medicinal purposes, which naturally legalizes CBD derived from marijuana.

These states have allowed the use of both marijuana and hemp derived CBD for both medicinal and recreational use:

 

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Alaska
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Vermont
  • Michigan
  • Oregon

Countries That Have Legalized Hemp CBD

 

Some countries have legalized hemp farming and CBD (both hemp-derived & marijuana-derived) and most have similar policies and regulations pertaining to the content of THC.

 

The countries are:

 

AsiaMiddle East/North AfricanEuropeNorth AmericaCentral AmericaSouth AmericaAustralasia
China

India

Japan

South Korea

Thailand

Russia

 

Israel

Egypt

Germany

Italy

United Kingdom

Poland

Greece

Belgium

Romania

Austria

Denmark

Finland

Hungary

Spain

Slovenia

Switzerland

Portugal

Ukraine

Canada

United States of America

Mexico

Panama

 

Chile

Colombia

Peru

Argentina

Australia

New Zealand

 

Conclusion

When planning to travel with any hemp or CBD products, it’s essential to be conscious of their legality in other countries to prevent potential issues with the local law enforcement.

 

References

Marijuana Span – How Many Countries In The World Recognize The Legal Status Of CBD?

Hemp.com – Countries growing hemp

 

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