Is CBD Legal in Germany (Updated March 2019)

Is CBD Oil Legal in Germany

Is CBD Legal in Germany

Ist CBD Öl legal in Deutschland?

CBD is legal in Germany if

THC content below 0.2%

The CBD is sold as a dietary supplement / cosmetic product

You must be over the age 18 to purchase.

CBD oil legality Germany

CBD is considered non-psychoactive and thus no longer falls under the Narcotics Act.

Rather, the cannabinoid is henceforth regarded as a dietary supplement. This classification allows CBD oil to be purchased legally. This also applies to CBD, which is sold as cosmetics.

These classifications must be observed when purchasing CBD. If the product is sold as a medicinal product or medicinal product with an indication of specific effects, this should be considered illegal.

In Germany any CBD product should not contain more than 0.2% THC.

Cannabis Laws in Germany

Recreational use is currently illegal in Germany – although punishments have become increasingly more lenient in recent years. This is especially true in the larger cities such as Berlin where possession of up to 15 grammes of cannabis is typically met without prosecution.

Medicinal Cannabis in Germany

On the 19th January 2017 the German parliament unanimously voted to make it legal for doctors to prescribe cannabis-based treatments for ‘seriously ill’ patients.

Legal Cannabis In Germany

  • There are only 10 licenses up for grabs in total – each tasked with producing a minimum of 200kgs of product a year.
  • Each perspective company has to be able to prove that they are capable of such a figure.
  • The companies must also show that they have been able to legally produce at least 50kgs of product a year for the past 3 years.

It has been illegal to grow up until the recent decision to legalise medicinal cannabis –  therefore any domestic cultivators with the necessary experience would already be in violation of the legality clause. In contrast, any companies that started growing cannabis after the law was passed will not have the proof of productivity the tender requires. As far as German cannabis manufacturers are concerned – it’s a catch-22.

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2 thoughts on “Is CBD Legal in Germany (Updated March 2019)

  1. Federico says:

    So in Germany products (beverages) labelled and marketed as a supplement can be legally sold?
    Would these products fall under the Novel product category, if under 5% CBD?

    Thank you very much

    Best regards

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