Is CBD Legal In Canada?

by in International Law September 27, 2019

Depending on where you are, CBD can either be legal or illegal. These confusing and often vague laws are drastically different worldwide. One of the things that makes the laws surrounding CBD and cannabis confusing is that many people do not understand the difference between these two compounds.


Let’s take a look at some quick facts to understand the difference between CBD and THC.

  • THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. 
  • THC is a compound that is found within the marijuana plant, a type of cannabis. 
  • THC causes the “high” that consumers of marijuana get.
  • CBD does not create this euphoric effect. 
  • CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. 
  • CBD is non-psychoactive because it is derived from the industrial hemp plant. 
  • The industrial hemp plant is also known as Cannabis Sativa L. has non-detectable amounts of THC. 
  • Hemp-derived CBD oil will not make people feel “high”.
  • Anyone using hemp-derived CBD will not test positive on a drug test.

Studies claim that CBD products can be used in the treatment of an array of health conditions. These conditions are often associated with chronic pain and inflammation.

Some of the conditions that CBD products help are listed below.

  • Insomnia
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Skin Conditions
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Back Pain

CBD and Canadian Law

Cannabis is currently legal in Canada for recreation and medicinal purposes.

On October 17th, 2018 the federal Cannabis Act made Canada the second country to legalize the “cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its by-products”

As of January of 2019, online sales for cannabis were underway and spreading across the country.

The Law Is Clear About Marijuana, What About CBD?

CBD products that are produced by Health Canada approved Licensed Producers and made from cannabis plants are deemed legal.

CBD products can be purchased through Licensed Producers (LP) with a medical prescription. Recreational CBD oil may be able to be purchased through the Ontario Cannabis store or other approved brick and mortar locations. However, CBD products sold in convenience stores, health food retailers and illegal dispensaries are not legal in Canada.

The Bottom Line

Canada has become the second country to legalize cannabis, after Uruguay. However, retailers who wish to sell CBD products must have a valid license through Health Canada. Patients who wish to obtain CBD products must also have a prescription.

The laws surrounding CBD products are constantly evolving. Those who use CBD products to control their health conditions should always remain informed of the current laws that surround these products.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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