Both derive from the Cannabis sativa plant,
which breeds thousands of different varieties of cannabis. At first glance
there is no difference, it is the chemical
composition that sets them apart. Basically, hemp has a very low THC content,
less than 0.2% in Europe. Marijuana has a high THC content, emphasizing
psychoactive effects and making it illegal in many countries around the world.
So is CBD legal?
CBD is legal in most European countries, with due
restrictions and limitations. EU's Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 classifies CBD as
a novel food (foods not used in the Union before May 15th, 1997). Generally, hemp with 0.2% THC or less is completely legal in
most of Europe. Switzerland allows CBD products with less than 1% THC. There
are some exceptions, France, for example, only permits products containing 0% THC.
Countries are constantly changing laws, which is why we strongly recommend that
you inquire with official institutions.