Is CBD Oil Legal In France?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

Depending on location, CBD and cannabis laws often differ drastically. Many of these laws are found to be confusing, and they are often too vague to get a clear picture. Most of this confusion seems to be propelled by a lack of understanding between THC and CBD.


What is CBD? What is THC? How are THC and CBD different?

  • Cannabidiol is often referred to as CBD.
  • It is a compound found within the cannabis plant. 
  • This compound is only one of over 120 different compounds that can be found within cannabis. 
  • CBD is found within the cannabis strain Cannabis Sativa L.
  • CBD is non-psychoactive. 
  • Legal Cannabidiol is made from industrial hemp
  • Industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC content

People who have used CBD believe it has been shown to aid in the treatment of the following afflictions:

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Disorders
  • Muscle Aches and Spasms
  • Nerve Conditions
  • Chronic Pain

Tetrahydrocannabinol often referred to as THC is a psychoactive compound found within cannabis plants. This compound is often associated with the intoxicating effect that people experience when using cannabis products.

The Legality Of CBD In France

Cannabis is illegal in France, however, it is one of the most widely used illegal substances in France.

At this time, there is a limited number of cannabis products that are available for medicinal purposes only.

Within France, the use of cannabis and possession of cannabis fall under Loi du 31 décembre 1970, in regards to suppression of trafficking and drug abuse.

France banned the medical use of cannabis in 1953 as a signatory to the 1925 Geneva Convention. Since then, the sale, importation, production and transport of cannabis has been considered illegal. However, during 2013, products derived from cannabis can be manufactured for the use of medicinal purposes. This legislation decriminalizes the “the production, transport, export, possession, offering, acquisition or use of specialty pharmaceuticals that contains one of these (cannabis-derivative) substances”, however, all products have to be National Medical Safety Agency approved.

Recently, there has been a softening of the laws that surround cannabis and CBD products. This means that products that contain less than 0.2% of THC are legal to sell in France.

CBD products can be purchased at Cofyshop, a shop located in the French capital in the popular 11th arrondissement. E-Klop is another shop that can be found in the west Paris suburb of Puteaux.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that cannabis may be on its way to becoming legal in France. However, as of right now, CBD products can be purchased. This law comes with the stipulation that CBD products must contain 0.2% or less of THC within them.

Those who travel to France can successfully purchase CBD products to help manage their chronic conditions.A

Author: Leafwindow Team

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