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CBD oil is legal in Canada—now what?

CBD oil is legal in Canada—now what?

It was the question on many minds: is CBD oil legal in Canada? Finally, in October 2018, cannabis became legal in Canada for both recreational and medicinal use. It was a monumental step for the country in terms of reducing the illegal cannabis market, as well as for Canadian citizens looking to cannabis for symptom relief.

It was Bill C-45, otherwise known as The Cannabis Act, that made the legalization of cannabis in Canada possible. The Canadian parliament wanted to stop young people from accessing cannabis illegally and to have more control over its production, possession, and trade. The bill came into action on October 17, 2018, paving the way for more research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis and improving its reputation as a legitimate alternative therapy.

The rules of cannabis legalization

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While cannabis is legal across the country, there are rules and regulations that users must follow regarding the purchase, possession, and use of cannabis in Canada.

Varying provincial laws

Minimum age limits for purchasing and consuming cannabis products vary by province. Rules surrounding where you can use cannabis also vary. While laws may change at any time, currently all provinces and territories require you to be at least 19 years old to purchase and use cannabis products—except Alberta and Quebec, where the minimum age is 18. Some provinces allow cannabis use at home only, while others permit it in any public place where tobacco is permitted.

Driving: CBD vs THC 

Understandably, there are strict rules that prohibit driving while under the influence of cannabis products containing THC—and harsh penalties for those who don’t follow the rules. But the rules surrounding CBD are different, since it doesn’t get you high. As long as the CBD oil you’re using contains less than 0.3% THC, it’s safe and permissible for you to use CBD oil and then drive.

Possession limits

The law permits you to carry no more than 30 grams of cannabis in public at one time, while at-home cannabis limits vary. There are no specific possession limits for CBD products. If you’re cultivating your own hemp plants, the law limits you to four cannabis plants per household (not per person).

No adverts 

The government does not permit advertisements for cannabis and its related products. The idea is to discourage the recreational use of other products (like those including THC) that are also derived from the cannabis plant. Even the use of fancy packaging is discouraged.

No crossing the border 

It is illegal to carry cannabis with you while crossing the borders. This law applies to even minimal amounts of cannabis or cannabis-based products, including CBD. You can, however, travel within Canada without an issue.

Where to buy cannabis in Canada

In Canada, you can now buy cannabis in a similar way to cigarettes and alcohol. When purchasing cannabis products, including CBD, you must show valid identification to confirm your age. So, where can you go to get these products? There are a few different choices for those who want to buy cannabis in Canada.

Licensed stores

Licensed stores are provincially regulated and run by the provincial governments—and most of them are in Atlantic Canada. Across the rest of Canada, licensed private stores sell cannabis and cannabis-related products like CBD oils and edibles.

Online retailers

You can also buy cannabis in Canada online through authorized private retailers. These companies must be verified by the government. Shopping online is a fast and easy way to buy cannabis in Canada.

Verified CBD website

Verified CBD is one of those authorized places to buy cannabis online. Shipping Verified CBD products to Canada is legal if you’ve been granted a personal exception. Although you cannot bring cannabis or cannabis products across borders, you can receive products from Verified CBD at Canadian addresses if you qualify for an exemption.

To apply for an exemption with Health Canada, ask your doctor to write a letter to Health Canada, acknowledging your intent to use Verified CBD products. The letter must include the following:

  • That the physician is aware of the use of Verified CBD (note that the physician must write Verified CBD, not just CBD)
  • That the patient will remain under the physician’s care
  • The name, address, and license number of the physician
  • The full name and mailing address of the applicant
  • The full name of the patient receiving the oil

For example, it might look like this:

I follow PATIENT_NAME of PATIENT_ADDRESS in my clinic. I am aware that they are planning on using Verified CBD and I will continue to follow them as they do so.


Then, you must email the signed letter with your request for an exemption for Verified CBD to [email protected] If your request is approved, send the approved document to Verified CBD at [email protected] 

Note: Health Canada considers each application on a case-by-case basis and not all cases will be approved for an exemption.

Final thoughts

So, is CBD oil legal in Canada? It is, and it’s available for sale in government-licensed stores and by authorized private companies. The minimum age to buy varies by province and you cannot take cannabis products, including CBD, across country borders. If you want to purchase Verified CBD products for shipping to Canada, you must apply for a special exemption through Health Canada.

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