Many people are turning to holistic treatment options like using cannabidiol (CBD) to treat health problems like epilepsy, arthritis, hypertension, gout, cancer, psoriasis, skin issues, anxiety, depression, and even Alzheimer’s Disease.

Due to this, a lot of countries are revising their laws to allow people to use this cannabis-derived compound.

The main reason for the legal inconsistency with CBD is that hemp is often confused with marijuana. Although marijuana and hemp come from the Cannabis sativa plant, they are different in many ways.

One of the major differences is that marijuana is psychoactive and can make you “high.”  On the other hand, hemp is not psychoactive and doesn’t give that “groovy” or “far-out” feeling.  CBD can help to regulate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and bring about homeostasis.

While CBD is considered therapeutic and non-psychoactive, not every country has legalized it.  There are still some countries where the sale and use of CBD products may land you in legal trouble.

Countries where the use of CBD is legal:

  • Uruguay

Uruguay was the first country to legalize the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. 

  • Canada

Canada is the second country to legalize the use of cannabis after Uruguay.  Although this was the second country to legalize cannabis for recreational use, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legalized in the country since 2001.

  • United States of America

In the U.S., ten states including the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. A total of 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes.  However, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the sale of hemp-derived CBD products is permitted provided the product contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, states are yet to ratify their laws to reflect this.

Here are some other countries that have legalized the use of cannabis:

  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Finland
  • And counting…