Legal Issues around Using Cannabis Products

Published: Nov 11, 2022 | Revised: May 2, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Legal Issues around Using Cannabis Products

The legal issues around the production and/or use of Cannabis remain complex, notably with respect to CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), because of very different laws depending on individual countries and even of states within countries.

For instance, in some countries one can cultivate only Hemp, but in others both Hemp and Marijuana cultivation are allowed. Sometimes CBD is allowed to be extracted and sometimes not, and sometimes THC is not allowed to be extracted, yet it’s allowed to be consumed. Additionally, there are different laws about the dose i.e. percentages of THC that can be used in products.

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Then there’s the difference between recreational use and medical use; in some countries medical use is allowed, while recreational use is forbidden. And again in other countries both recreational use and medical use are legally allowed.

Sometimes CBD is permitted in creams, oils, and balms for topical use, but not in food and drinks. In any case, the list of exceptions and specific rules around Cannabis is endless, and one needs to make sure what those are before producing, buying, or using Cannabis or Cannabis products to avoid legal problems.

Moreover, if you plan to visit a foreign country, it’s highly advised to first meticulously study the Cannabis rules and laws of that country before buying and/or using Cannabis products there.

One should also be careful with bringing Cannabis products into a foreign country (or even with using them shortly before your departure); the product may be perfectly legal in your own country, but illegal in the country you visit.

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