We’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about the eligibility of CBD oil for importation. Based on our research, it would appear that regardless of its THC content, CBD is not eligible for importation unless the importer is a licensed grower and eligible for an import license from Health Canada.
But what if the CBD oil contains 0% THC?
This does not appear to make a difference since Health Canada and the CBSA consider CBD (cannabidiol) to be a controlled substance notwithstanding its THC content.
What hemp products can be imported?
Other derivatives of hemp are eligible for importation without a permit, although they must be processed from specific elements of the plant, contain proper labelling and be shipped with a certificate of analysis indicating the products THC content. Please ensure you’ve verified with Health Canada that your specific product is cleared for import/export without a license before shipping and seizures and fines can occur if the CBSA’s rules are not followed.
I am a licensed grower. How can I get my hands on a CBD sample?
The process is similar to importing other cannabis products: contact Health Canada to obtain an import permit, then hire a customs broker to clear the shipment for you.
Note: This article reflects the most up-to-date news as of its publication date; regulations may change so please check with Health Canada directly.
Further reading: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d19/d19-9-2-eng.html