Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of these cannabinoids. CBD is not intoxicating and may reduce some of the effects of tetrahydracannabinol (THC); however, it does have an effect on the brain.
As a result, CBD and products containing CBD are subject to all of the rules and requirements that apply to cannabis under the Cannabis Act and its regulations. This includes CBD derived from industrial hemp plants, as well as CBD derived from other varieties of cannabis.
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Under the Cannabis Act, CBD products remain strictly regulated and are only legal when sold in compliance with the Act and its regulations.
Industrial hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3% THC or less in the flowering heads and leaves.
CBD is currently a controlled substance under the Single Convention. CBD products may therefore only be imported or exported under very specific conditions. Any import or export must meet all of these criteria and may only be done:
The legalization of cannabis in Canada had been on the horizon for years as public sentiment towards marijuana increasingly migrated towards acceptance. Although the nation has had a medical marijuana program in place since 2001, it wasn’t until the liberal party took over the majority of government in 2015 that cannabis reform was put on the fast track.
These regulations, although undeniably necessary for a controlled substance, are not without inconvenience to many producers. The Cannabis Act leaves many stipulations up to the individual provinces of Canada, so regulations differ across localities. This has led to a surge in retail outlets in certain provinces (i.e. Alberta) while other areas, such as Ontario and Quebec, struggle to provide enough retail stores to meet demand.
Is CBD Oil Legal in Canada?
The legalization of cannabis in Canada has not been without rigorous oversight. The Cannabis Act establishes strict regulations in the sale, possession, production, and distribution of cannabis. This includes a series of required licenses and permits for every establishment looking to market, grow or sell cannabis. It also limits the promotion of cannabis and cannabis-related products, particularly when it comes to marketing towards youth.
Although it establishes cannabis as a legal substance, the Cannabis Act is not without a few caveats. Up until October 17, 2019 (one year after C-45 went into effect), the only permitted legal cannabis products in Canada were dried or fresh flowers, seeds, and oils – not extracts, topicals or edibles. Because full spectrum CBD oil requires an extraction method via a solvent (such as CO2), it is technically considered an extract and not an oil.
It should be noted that many establishments, from health stores to dispensaries, are providing illicit CBD products in Canada. The government stresses that these products are illegal and unregulated, and purchased by consumers at their own risk.