In which European countries is CBD legal?

You may already know what CBD is and you are aware of the many beneficial properties it can provide, but many consumers of this type of cannabinoids wonder where their consumption is legal.

The legality of CBD depends on the country in which we find ourselves since there is no unitary international legislation.

Where is CBD legal in the European Union?


In Spain, extracting some type of cannabinoid, including the cultivation of cannabis, is regulated by the authorization of the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS). In Spain, the use and commercialization of CBD as oil is legal and allowed. On the other hand, its consumption as a nutritional supplement is not yet regulated.

If the product is legally made and marketed in the market of an EU country, by recognition of both, the Spanish authorities are not opposed to its marketing either.

Bulgaria and Denmark

Bulgaria was the first EU country to allow the free sale of hemp-derived cannabinoids. CBD products are legal in Bulgaria as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC. In Denmark, CBD products can be legally purchased if they contain less than 0.2% THC.


Under Slovenian law, the cultivation, possession, processing, sale and distribution of cannabis with a THC content of less than 0.2% is permitted by current legislation.


France abides by the general EU legislation for industrial hemp and legalizes the purchase of CBD products with a THC content of 0.2% or less.


Under Greek law, hemp products are not considered drugs, as they do not contain large amounts of THC. Therefore, CBD products can be purchased legally. 


The CBD situation in Italy is a bit complex. There is no official law stating that cannabinoid products are legal, but there is also no law prohibiting the manufacture, sale and consumption of CBD products.


Although CBD products are legal in Finland, they are considered medicines and therefore require a prescription. Trafficking in CBD products from abroad is not easy and highly regulated.


Luxembourg is another of the European countries in which the medicinal use of cannabis has been legalized. Cannabis consumers will be able to keep the cannabinoid in national territory without danger. Cultivation is also legal within Luxembourg, but only those containing less than 0.3% THC, so hemp and CBD derivatives are allowed.

United Kingdom

Hemp cultivation is legal within the United Kingdom, subject to the regulations established by the EU. Therefore, any CBD oil with THC amounts greater than 0.2% is considered medical marijuana, but is illegal.


When talking about where CBD is legal, in Switzerland we find some of its own laws around cannabis. THC is illegal within the country, but CBD is not regulated under Swiss narcotics law. Cannabis products containing less than 1% THC may be produced and sold. Today, the country accepts that producers produce strains with a high amount of CBD, as long as they do not exceed the THC values mentioned above.

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