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The legality of CBD varies from one state or country to another. Although developed countries like the United States have embraced the use of CBD for medical purposes, others are still aversive. 

Here is the legality of CBD in some of the countries with the highest numbers of CBD users.

The United States

CBD can be broadly divided into two; which are hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD extracts.  CBD extracted from marijuana is controlled in most states due to its high levels of THC, and is a controlled substance. On the other hand, CBD extracted from the hemp plant receives a better reception, although the rules restricting its use still vary across states.

Switzerland

The government of Switzerland allows the use of CBD products with less than 1% THC since the trace amounts are less likely to lead to any form of “high”. CBD with less than 1% of THC is infused into several medicinal and recreational products.

United Kingdom

The U.K. is lenient on the use of CBD products. Products with less than 0.3% of THC can be freely purchased and used across the UK.

Sweden

The Swiss government allows the use of CBD for medicinal purposes.

Australia

Australia allows the use of CBD products for medical reasons. According to drug laws in Australia, the CBD products must contain less than 2% of other cannabinoids.

Canada

Canada has legalized the use of CBD for both recreational and medical reasons.

Bottom line

Several countries are slowly adopting CBD and recognizing its importance in the treatment of several conditions. It is expected that the use of CBD will be widespread across Africa and Asia within the next decade.

As with most countries, laws can vary widely from Federal to State levels. For this and many other reasons, it is wise to check with your local jurisdiction’s regulation of CBD products and a legal specialist before purchasing and using a CBD product.


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