CBD hemp oil and its use have been in the center of interest of the public, governments, and industries worldwide. People want to know the answers to a couple of questions. Is CBD oil legal? And if it is, can you vape CBD oil in public?
It hasn’t been easy to find a definite answer to this inquiry, especially because we see the changes in regulations regarding legal CBD oil production and use almost every day. And the same can be said about the rules about vaping in public.
When it comes to individual countries, it has been quite a challenge to compile a definite and comprehensive list because of several reasons.
First off, the situation is complex because the legality of hemp-derived CBD and CBD products themselves, and two, we also have the question of whether vaping in public, let alone vaping CBD hemp oil, is allowed in a certain country at all.
We decided to share with you what we found out about the current situation with an important note that any piece of information can change at any moment.
What is hemp-derived legal CBD oil?
CBD oil is an extract from hemp, a plant which belongs to the cannabis family. CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many compounds in cannabis called cannabinoids.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a different compound in cannabis that causes the high associated with using marijuana.
Legal CBD oil is derived from the so-called industrial hemp which contains high levels of CBD and extremely low to no THC levels. The level of THC is the critical point among many which determines the legality of the CBD oil. The legal amounts of THC differ from country to country.
For example, in the USA the CBD extracted from hemp which has less than 0.3% THC by dry weight is legal by federal law, while in the EU that level is less than 0.2%, except for Austria and the Czech Republic where it is less than 0.3%.
CBD and CBD oil and international laws
Each country across the world has its regulations that determine the production, sale, and consumption of CBD products such as topical ointments, tinctures, CBD oil vape liquids, and others.
Once again we have to point out that this is the current state of affairs and that each individual should check a specific country’s rules about CBD.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, it is legal to produce and transport cannabis-related products in all 50 states under strict conditions where the hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, adheres to the shared state-federal regulations, and is grown by a properly licensed grower.
However, some states have a more or less favorable view of the situation and are not always in line with federal regulations.
Depending on their local cannabis laws, the states can be categorized as:
- States where cannabis is completely legalized, like Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
- States where cannabis and cannabis-related products are legal under certain conditions. These conditions refer to the purchase and consumption for medical purposes only in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and West Virginia.
- States where only CBD products are legal under certain conditions. In these states, it is illegal to purchase or consume products like CBD oil unless it is used for specific and severe medical conditions in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. In Indiana, CBD oil is legal if it has a THC level not higher than 0.3%. Kansas allows the use of CBD oil only if the THC level is 0%.
- States where cannabis and related products like CBD oil are completely illegal, like Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
It is legal to purchase and consume cannabis and cannabis-related products like CBD oil for adults who are 18 years of age and older.
CBD products like oils and vape liquids from industrial hemp are legal as long as the level of THC does not exceed 0.2%.
Legal CBD products are the ones that do not contain more than the allowed concentration of THC 0.005% (50mg/kg). It is legal for persons over the age of 18 to purchase CBD products like oils, tinctures, and dog treats.
In general, CBD products are approved in Jamaica as long as they are derived from the hemp plant with controlled and very low levels of THC.
CBD products are legal to purchase and consume if they have less than 1% THC.
CBD products with less than 0.2% levels of THC are legal in the countries that form the European Union. As we mentioned previously, in Austria and The Czeck Republic, the maximal level of THC in CBD products like CBD oil is 0.3%. In Spain, on the other hand, CBD oil is legal while any amount of THC is illegal, and in Slovakia CBD is completely illegal.
Other CBD oil legal countries
Countries where CBD oil is allowed by the law are Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Turkey, and Japan.
Where is vaping in public allowed and can you vape CBD oil?
Even though a lot of countries support the use of CBD oils, vaping in public falls under a special category.
Generally speaking, vaping in public places, whether it’s nicotine or nicotine-free e-liquid, is prohibited. So, you might be able to purchase and consume CBD oils and other products like CBD e-liquids but if you’re in a public place, that use can be limited and even punished by law.
Again, regulations vary from country to country and they have mostly been connected with the limitation of tobacco and cigarette use in public places.
In other words, it is usually forbidden to vape in: all public enclosed facilities and areas, public buildings, educational, religious, and cultural spaces, workplaces, public transportation, airports, coaches, restaurants, bars, hospitals, certain private spaces such as elevators, restrooms, and food production facilities.
Some countries have labeled vaping to be illegal, banned or restricted.
Vaping is restricted in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Norway, and Japan.
It is completely banned in Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Colombia, East Timor, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam.
To sum up
As you can see, the use of CBD hemp oil in public is a complex matter. On one hand, we first need to get informed about the legal status of CBD oils and other cannabis-related products, and on the other, we need to know whether vaping, in general, is legal, restricted, or even completely banned in public places. Make sure you stay informed about these matters to avoid any inconveniences as rules and regulations can change overnight.