Is CBD Legal in Andorra?

by in International Law September 27, 2019

Andorra Not Embracing CBD Like Many Other European Countries

  Sitting landlocked between France and Spain, Andorra is a tiny country surrounded by the Pyrenees mountains and often secluded by the politics and culture of neighboring countries. Andorra does share it’s government with France and depends on military protection from neighboring Spain and France, but the country tends to practice older traditions and keep to itself, as its politics are also intertwined with the Catholic Church.  

Andorra and CBD

  Most of the countries in the European Union (EU) have recognized some of the reported health benefits of CBD. They are looking into further research and have for the most part legalized CBD for personal use. The legislation varies slightly depending on the country, but there is a consensus in the EU that CBD is safe and should be legal.   While Andorra is landlocked between France and Spain, it has never joined the EU. Andorra remains isolated from the politics and regulations of the EU, and it has yet to look into the legalization of CBD for personal use or health benefits.  

CBD In the EU

  There does seem to be confusion in the minds of many on the difference between cannabidiol, or CBD, and THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Here are some of the differences:  
  • Cannabis is a type of plant that consists of two major types; marijuana and hemp.
  • THC is psychoactive and what produces the “high” when consuming marijuana.
  • Though cannabidiol can be found in marijuana and hemp, most CBD is derived from industrial hemp plants. 
  • Industrial hemp is grown for use in industry, food, and textiles as well as CBD production. 
  • Hemp contains very little THC, therefore hemp-derived CBD has non-detectable levels of THC.
Many people claim that CBD can be used to relieve stress, reduce pain, and elevate mood. These claims have been researched and studies are ongoing but no conclusive evidence has been compiled yet. At this time there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence that suggests that CBD does have some health benefits.   In most EU countries, industrial hemp has been legalized. Marijuana, which contains the psychoactive drug THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is also a type of cannabis. However, the law is clear throughout most countries of the EU that hemp extracts or cannabis that contains more than 0.02 percent THC are still illegal. Again, it varies by country. For the most part this means that CBD oils, pills, creams, vapes, gummies, chocolates, tinctures, and even dog treats are available in many parts of the EU.  

Politics and Religion in Andorra

  Again, Andorra is not part of the EU so has not looked into the legalization of products derived from cannabis or hemp. The politics of the region are typical of most democracies, but isolation and cultural values tend to cause the population to have very conservative thoughts about cannabis in general and it is doubtful whether the Andorran government takes the time to understand the distinction between marijuana, hemp and/or THC and CBD. Andorra appears to be an old-world country that preserves long held traditions and opinions, choosing not to embrace change, positive or otherwise.  

Economy of Andorra

Andorra has a strong economy and this may be yet another factor in its lack of progress in looking into CBD as there is no economic motivation to grow hemp. Poverty is nonexistent due to lucrative tourism and very low taxes. Also, Andorra’s healthcare system covers patients 100 percent, so this may limit the desire or need to seek out CBD for health benefits. Andorran government and health agencies have also implemented comprehensive drug prevention education and health education countrywide.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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