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CBD is Officially Free to Sell in Bulgaria. What does this mean for Ireland?

By May 24, 2019CBD Regulation

Bulgaria Issues the First Free Sale Certificate to Sell CBD

Bulgaria has become the first country in the EU to officially authorise a CBD distribution company to sell openly on the European market. According to Kannaway a subsidiary of the publicly traded cannabis company Medical Marijuana Inc, they have been issued with a Free Sale Certificate to produce hemp-derived CBD products.

They are now certified to comply fully with relevant requirements of the Law on Foodstuffs of Republic of Bulgaria and of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of European Parliament and the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs.

How Does This Affect Ireland?

This is the first of its kind for an EU country, so what does this mean for CBD companies all across Europe including Ireland? Currently, the situation is murky with regards to the novel food issue and it is being lobbied by the UK Cannabis Trade Association.

Jonas Duclos CEO of Switzerland based CBD company JKB research stated, “Hopefully this will be successful in setting a positive precedent and show a possible way forward for CBD and cannabis within legality for the rest of the European Union, something that has actually been overdue,” he added, mentioning that the example of Switzerland, a non EU country where CBD products are sold freely.

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Is CBD Oil Legal in Ireland?

If you are looking to buy CBD in Ireland but are worried about the legal status we have the complete breakdown for you here. So let’s iron out a few details that will make things clearer allowing you to make an informed decision.

To answer the burning question, yes, CBD is legal in Ireland but only when it is derived from hemp and it is advertised as a food or dietary supplement. To learn more about the prohibition of hemp in Ireland around the world click here.

Is CBD an intoxicating drug?

CBD or cannabidiol has often been associated with marijuana, which is why people wonder if it’s an intoxicating drug. While marijuana does contain CBD it also contains another compound called THC and it is this compound that has the intoxicating effect. CBD by itself is not psychoactive and does not act like an addictive drug.

Under the genus Cannabis, there are several sub-varieties one of which is hemp or Cannabis Sativa L. Marijuana being another variety of Cannabis. Hemp has a high CBD and low THC content and is legal to grow and sell in Ireland. So if you are hesitant about using a CBD tincture or vaping with CBD because you don’t want to get high, rest assured CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. In fact CBD will actually counteract the effects of THC when the user is high. Therefore you can safely enjoy all the benefits offered by CBD without getting intoxicated or addicted.

In what forms is CBD available?

CBD goes by many names including CBD oil, CBD tincture, Cannabis Oil, Hemp oil, CBD hemp oil, CBD vape oil, CBD vape E-liquid and so on. All these formulations are legal as long as the THC content is less than 0.2%. These different forms usually refer to the method by which the CBD is consumed.

Tinctures and oils are taken orally under the tongue while vape oils or vape liquids are placed in a vaporizer and the fumes are inhaled.

Can CBD be sold legally as a medicine?

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According to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) CBD is not considered a medicine and cannot be prescribed by doctors. No medical claims can be made regarding CBD stating that it can cure any illnesses. In keeping with the HPRA regulations, we at Dr. Hemp Me do not answer any questions regarding the medical benefits CBD is rumoured to have. You can, however, go to our CBD FAQ page to find general information. A lot of information can be found with a simple google search.

Is recreational marijuana legal in Ireland?

No, recreational or medicinal marijuana is not legal in Ireland and cannot be sold or cultivated in the country. All cannabis products must have a THC content of 0.2% or less to be legal in Ireland. Any product with such a low THC content does not have any psychoactive effects on humans. Dr. Hemp Me does not sell recreational or medical marijuana. We sell only CBD oil derived from the non-psychoactive Cannabis species called hemp. For more information on hemp click here.

The Novel Food Authorisation Issue

One of the main issues around the legality of CBD in Ireland and the EU is whether CBD should be listed as a novel food or not. The UK Cannabis Trade Association to which Dr. Hemp Me are members of has previously clarified its position on the novel food issue. Unfortunately, this situation is still murky and needs further consultation between the FSA and the CTA. The CTA’s stance is that CBD isolates should be listed as novel foods whereas whole plant CBD should not. For this reason, all Dr. Hemp Me CBD Oil is full spectrum and benefits from using the whole plant in what is known as the entourage effect.

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CBD in the form of oils, tinctures, vape oils, and vape liquids are legal in Ireland once they are derived from the cannabis species hemp. CBD is not considered medicine in Ireland and cannot be prescribed by doctors. Recreational and medicinal marijuana with a THC content above 0.2% is not legal in Ireland.

People who have taken CBD as a supplement claim to have experienced several benefits. Give our fully legal CBD dietary supplement a try to know firsthand the positive effects it can have on your body.


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