This article is a guide written to explain everything everyone needs to know about the legal status of CBD oil in the country. The article is not meant as legal advice.
Why Canadians want to know if CBD oil is legal in their country
Over the last three years or so, dozens of news reporters, bloggers, and radio stations and other news sources have reported extensively on the amazing benefits of cannabis oil.
Nowadays, with more and more people using cannabis oil especially in the United States, we are getting even more positive reports among users.
From pain to depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and several other conditions, users all over the world are giving testimonials on different sites claiming how one cannabis oil brand or the other helped them to overcome a mental or physical health problem.
Most of these claims are true. Numerous studies have already proven that CBD (the active ingredient in the oil) can: reduce anxiety, reduce the number of epileptic seizures, treat PTSD, relieve pain and inflammation, reduce the risk of acquiring diabetes, enhance cardiovascular health, eliminate depression, and promote general wellbeing.
These facts and the viral news stories have increased the interest of the rest of the world including Canadians in cannabis oils.
Thus, Canadians, who were perhaps unfamiliar or unperturbed by cannabis oil now want to try it but are unsure about the lawful status of the product in the country.
So is CBD legal in the country?
Yes! CBD oil can be freely used in the whole of Canada. Nevertheless, you must understand that there are two types of CBD oil and only one type is lawful as of now.
The two types of cannabidiol oil – one is hemp-derived the other is marijuana-derived.
The only type that is federally legal across Canada is the hemp-derived oil. You can get this type of CBD oil online or in local shops without the need for a prescription or a registration card.
Marijuana-derived CBD oil can only be accessed by registering for the New Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The registration requires authorization from a medical professional.
What laws regulate the buying and selling of CBD oil if it is legal?
Well, now that you know the status of CBD , we will show you over the next few paragraphs the laws on which we based our conclusion that CBD is legal.
First of all, as a Canadian, you are most likely familiar with Health Canada – the federal institution responsible for improving public health.
In a publication on its website, the institution says that the Industrial Hemp Regulations allow for the growing and trading of industrial hemp products. If you click on the link above and visit the institution’s website, you will see that all we are saying is true.
What does this agricultural information mean? It means that it is legal to grow and sell hemp and hemp products including hemp CBD oil, anywhere across the country.
However, there are rules and regulations that must be adhered to.
So you cannot just buy any CBD oil out there, you can only legally buy that which contains less than .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol aka THC.
Any product with more than .3 percent THC would be categorized as a controlled substance under Canadian law.
By making this and other restrictions, the government is trying to make sure that Canadians do not access marijuana or find clever ways to use marijuana because it is an illegal substance. So banning THC rich products is basically a continuity of the same general ban on marijuana.
However, this situation is bound to radically change in the next few months, since the government recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It is expected that the cannabis dispensaries will be able to freely sell cannabis oils with more than .3 percent THC. But that remains to be seen.
What if I really need the THC right now?
Before we answer that question, it is important to know that it has been proven time and again that whatever medical benefits THC has, CBD also has them. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, CBD has no psychoactive properties in contrast to THC.
Anyway, if you want to experience the combined benefits of THC and CBD in marijuana-derived cannabis oil, you can do so by applying to join the government’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes program.
The program allows patients suffering from various listed conditions to access marijuana and marijuana derivatives such as cannabis oil.
Nevertheless, some analysts say that getting cannabis oil through the program is more expensive than getting the cannabidiol oil from local stores and international sites.
Can I buy CBD from international sites?
Yes, you can! As long as the product you are about to buy contains less than .3% THC you are good to go. However, if in any case, the product contains more than the .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol it will be confiscated.
What are Canadian politicians saying about cannabis?
Unfortunately, no influential politician has spoken about the phenomenon of cannabis oil itself. However, this is perhaps due to the fact that the federal government is focusing on legalizing the mother plant itself (marijuana) and not the related products.
On the matter of marijuana and its legalization, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken on the matter. Similarly, the Justice Minister Raybould has also spoken on the matter.
Both expressed optimism as to the success of the recreational marijuana program that is due to start later this year but urged Canadians to continue following existing laws (including those that place marijuana in the controlled substances list) as the rollout of the program.
As you can see hemp-derived oil is perfectly legal in the country. It can be acquired without a prescription and at very low prices compared to cannabis oil.
Remember to only buy hemp oil from reputable companies that are known to offer quality to users. Other companies might be extracting their cannabidiol from cannabis (has high THC) and this may land you in trouble with the authorities.