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    Denmark

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    Completely Legal

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Until recently, CBD was only available legally with a doctor’s prescription.

With the amendments on the Executive Order on Euphoriant Substances in July 2018, hemp products with up to 0.2 % THC are no longer regulated as euphoriant substances.

With this change, CBD became legal for other than just medical purposes — to some extent.

Despite the positive changes in the law, CBD remains a strictly regulated product.

You can buy CBD in Denmark — even without a prescription — but it’s essential to understand all the regulations. We’ll fill you in on all you need to know about the Danish CBD market and where you can buy high-quality CBD.

Summary: CBD in Denmark

  1. CBD is no longer on the list of euphoriant substances; therefore, you can buy it without a prescription.
  2. The Danish Medicines Agency and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) regulate the placement of CBD on the market.
  3. In the eyes of the Danish Medicines Agency, buying CBD over-the-counter or online is not illegal.
  4. CBD products are legal only if they contain 0.2% THC or less.
  5. Buying and importing CBD for your pet is prohibited.

Best CBD Oil in Denmark:

Number Product Total CBD Potency Cost per mg CBD Link

1

Nordic Oil Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (Europe)

500 – 2000 mg

50 – 200 mg/mL

€0.08 – €0.09

2

Hempura Full-Spectrum Original Extract

250 – 1000 mg

25 – 100 mg/mL

£0.06 – £0.08

3

Elixinol Hemp Oil Drops

300 – 3600 mg

10 – 30 mg/mL

$0.07 – $0.10

4

Medterra CBD Tinctures

500 – 3000 mg

16 – 100 mg/mL

$0.04 – $0.07

5

NuLeaf Naturals CBD Oil

240 – 4850 mg

48.5 mg/mL

$0.09 – $0.16

A Brief History of Cannabis Laws in Denmark

Early findings of cannabis pollen at archeological places (Kragehavegård — a rural area in Denmark) indicate that hemp might have been grown as early as the 5th century.

Commodities found at archaeological sites and Viking ships dating from the 8th and 9th centuries indicate that both flax and hemp fibers were used for sails and ropes. The exact date on when Vikings have started using hemp is unknown [1].

In the 17th century, the Danes had already developed the hemp industry. King Christian IV — ruler of both Denmark and Norway — supplied the farmers with hemp seeds for the production of sails and ropes for his navy. In 1683, King Christian V brought forth a new law under which farmers were obliged to cultivate hemp.

Hemp in Denmark waned during the 20th century; the synthetic fibers industry took over the market, and hemp was banned due to its identification with marijuana. Hemp was brought back after the European Union permitted hemp cultivation in 1998. The Danish government planted several trial fields to research fiber quality; yet in 2003, there was only one farmer growing hemp [2]. 

In 2015, the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark participated in scientific research on hemp-derived succinic acid. The study proved that hemp could contribute significantly to the chemical industry, as the succinic acid extracted from it has uses in the biorefinery [3].

A year later, the Danish government agreed to start a medical cannabis pilot program. As of January 1st, 2018, Danish farmers are permitted to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. Conditions for medical cannabis are strict, and only farmers licensed by the Medicines Agency can produce it.

Under EU law, Danish farmers can cultivate industrial hemp with THC limits of 0.2% or less.

How is Hemp Cultivation Regulated in Denmark?

The cultivation of industrial hemp in Denmark has been legal since 1998.

Under EU and Danish law, the cultivation of industrial hemp is legal only if the plant’s THC content doesn’t exceed 0.2%.

The Danish Agricultural Agency regulates and reviews the applications for commercial cultivation of industrial hemp, which takes approximately six weeks for approval. The permit for hemp cultivation is valid for one year.

Licensed growers can cultivate, process, and sell industrial hemp for commercial purposes, including hemp seeds for food and cosmetics, hemp seed oil, hemp flour, grains, and hemp protein powder.

Growing hemp for medicinal cannabis is not permitted under this license. Only the Danish Medicines Agency can issue medicinal cannabis permits.

CBD, as a derivative of hemp, was legalized in Denmark in 2018. The Danish law differentiates CBD in three categories:

  1. Medicine
  2. Food supplement
  3. Cosmetic product

The Danish Medicines Agency considers cannabis products with significant amounts of THC and CBD that can affect the body via consumption or skin application medicinal.

Manufacturers who wish to produce non-medicinal food supplements will need assessment from the DVFA to ensure the product complies with food supplement regulations.

When it comes to cosmetics containing CBD, it’s legal only if the CBD is synthetic and does not fall under the cannabis definition of the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961).

Before July 2018, hemp products were prohibited from containing any traces of THC.

In July 2018, the Danish Health Ministry made amendments to the Executive Order on Euphoriant Substances, legalizing cannabis products with a content of up to 0.2% THC.

This makes hemp-derived CBD a completely legal product, free for purchase without a prescription.

However, under the Danish Medicines Agency and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, CBD is a subject of several regulations.

Therefore, the legality of CBD also depends on its labeling and the institution that regulates it.

Three institutions control the sale of CBD products:

  1. The Danish Medicines Agency
  2. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA)
  3. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

How Is Hemp-Derived CBD Regulated In Denmark?

Before the amended law on low-THC cannabis products, it was illegal to possess a “euphoriant substance” unless it has been prescribed as a medicinal product by a doctor [1].

With the amendments, cannabis products with 0.2% THC or less became authorized for sale without prescription.

However, the Danish Medicines Agency says that the change in THC limit DOES NOT necessarily make CBD a non-medicinal product [2].

The Agency must evaluate the concentration of active substances (including THC) in a CBD product in order to confirm that it’s not medicine.

NOTE: There is no set CBD limit that determines if a CBD product is medicine. The Danish Medicines Agency considers cannabis product a medication if:

  • The product contains active substances (CBD and THC);
  • The product is recommended for disease treatment;
  • The product is about to be used for determining a medical diagnosis.

Even if a CBD product not medicinal but instead is classified as cosmetics or food, the company’s manufacturing conditions must comply with the food or cosmetic laws.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration consults with the Medicines Agency to decide whether a CBD product is a food supplement or medicine.

CBD falls under the Novel Foods Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, and foods containing CBD must comply with this legislation.

Under the Novel Foods Regulation, foods or food ingredients that haven’t been significantly used in the EU before 1997, must pass an evaluation and authorization process before they reach the market.

In other words, Danish manufacturers and retailers must contact the DVFA and the Medicines Agency before they place their product on the market.

However, there is one important exception to CBD.

The exception — or call it a lucky contradiction — is that the Danish Medicines Agency doesn’t consider CBD products illegal if you’ve obtained it without a prescription. According to the Agency, the regulations fall on the company — not on you [3].

This means that you can purchase CBD products online — including those that are not regulated by the Danish administration — without violating the law.

NOTE: Buying CBD oils that have THC content higher than 0.2% is illegal.

How to Buy CBD Products in Denmark (Legally)

Your CBD product should be two things: safe and effective.

Knowing how and where to buy CBD is essential. There are plenty of dependable CBD products on the shelves and the internet, but you can also find many unregulated ones. Companies and retailers wanting to make easy money may overlook the quality of their products.

While the law doesn’t prohibit buying CBD bypassing the pharmacy, you could still bump into some legal obstacles. Local stores that don’t comply with the regulations of the Danish Medicines Agency, DVFA, or the novel food regulations are, by default, selling illegal products.

As a patient, you can buy CBD with a prescription from a licensed pharmacy. However, if you don’t have a patient status, you can always turn to the mighty world of online shopping.

Pros and Cons of Buying CBD Online

Pros Cons
  • Abundant choice of CBD products
  • Detailed product descriptions
  • Lower prices
  • You can contact the company for additional information
  • You can check customer reviews
  • The company will ship to your address
  • You can bump into low-quality products
  • The company doesn’t ship to your country

Tips on Buying CBD Online in Denmark

Before you buy CBD, make sure the product:

  • Comes from a high-quality, organic hemp source;
  • Is third-party tested for safety;
  • Is not marketed to cure, treat, or mitigate a disease;

This way, you’ll know that you’re buying a high-quality CBD product that is free of pesticides and heavy metals and has real benefits.

CBD Companies That Ship to Denmark

Nordic Oil

4 / 5

Hempura

4 / 5

Elixinol

4.5 / 5

Love CBD

4.5 / 5

Medterra

4.5 / 5

NuLeaf Naturals

4 / 5

Foria

4.5 / 5

You can also use a mail forwarding service to have products shipped to Denmark that the original vendor won’t ship to. This will usually cost a small fee, but this way you can access a wider market.

IMPORTANT: Buying and importing CBD for pets is illegal, so make sure your CBD product doesn’t have any pet-related claims or labeling [4].

Pets don’t fall under the medicinal cannabis pilot program, and giving cannabis-based products to a pet is not permitted.

Final Notes on Buying CBD in Denmark

While Denmark strictly regulates CBD, there is more leniency towards the purchaser of products. As long as you’re buying hemp-derived CBD with a THC content less than 0.2% for human consumption, you have nothing to worry about.

The best place to purchase your CBD is online. The online CBD market has an immense selection of products with access to Certificates of Analysis to ensure its quality and safety, will typically offer the best prices, and will ship to your door.

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