Is CBD Oil Legal In Finland?
CBD Oil Becoming More Lucrative
As a result of a changing legal scene, CBD has taken the world by storm. Thousands of anecdotal stories, and some scientific evidence, have noted the apparent benefits of the compound. This, combined with a growing realization that CBD is not marijuana and should be regulated differently, has helped to push a change in laws across the world. CBD’s revenue growth has skyrocketed, and one estimate says that the compound will likely generate $20 billion by 2024.
Laws are changing in many places throughout the world. One such example is Finland, but despite the country’s reputation for progressivism, it’s laws regarding marijuana and CBD have been relatively slow to liberalize.
Is CBD Oil Allowed In Finland?
Yes, but only for medicinal purposes. For some time, there was a great deal of confusion over CBD in the country. According to Finnish law, psychoactive substances are explicitly banned, with some exceptions (more on that later). However, since CBD cannot get someone “high,” many believed that it would not be considered a psychoactive substance. As such, some thought the compound could be purchased and consumed.
However, despite this, the sale of CBD is tightly limited. In a June 2019 statement, the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea (which regulates health care and the pharmaceutical industry) said that, under Finnish law, CBD is treated as medicine, as it contains cannabinoids. As such, any importing or purchasing of CBD over the internet must conform with Finnish law. Any additional use of CBD – as medicine – will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Foods containing CBD fall under the European “Novel Foods” Act, and require prior authorization under that act. Foods containing CBD can not be sold as medicine. Furthermore, getting a prescription for CBD is difficult – it can only come from neurologists or doctors who are working in a neurological clinic. Even after that, in order to obtain a prescription, the patients involved must not have responded well to other treatments geared towards reducing spasticity and they must show a reduction of symptoms after a trial period on the CBD medication.
Other Marijuana Laws In Finland
As is apparent by the prior section, medical marijuana is legal in Finland. However, it is extremely limited. Medical marijuana was first legalized in Finland in 2008, but all marijuana was imported, as hemp growth was illegal in the country. Numerous news reports have said that a stigma still exists surrounding the drug, with many doctors being too “afraid” to prescribe the drug.
As of 2016, only 27 pharmacies were licensed to sell medical marijuana.
Recreational use of marijuana in Finland is totally banned. However, in most, minor cases, police only issue summary fines and often not brought to court, thus leading to what is essentially considered decriminalization. However, larger amounts or possession with intent to redistribute are brought to court.