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Is CBD Legal in Japan?

While there is a basic pattern amongst most countries that have legalised CBD products, Japan does things a little differently. While CBD is legal in Japan, the products sold in the country have to be made specifically to keep within unique legal guidelines.

The Asian CBD market is an interesting one in general, with CBD being illegal to purchase in mainland China and Hong Kong, but many of the CBD products that are sold around the world being produced in China .

But what about Japan? The rules here differ greatly from those in China, and Japan is in the midst of something of a CBD boom. But how does the legality around CBD in Japan actually work?

CBD Law in Japan

Essentially, CBD is totally legal in Japan and has been since 2016. However, if you intend to take your CBD products into the country for any reason, it is worth being very aware of the small print.

Unlike most other countries with legal CBD sales and consumption, where trace amounts of THC (usually between 0.2% and 0.4% depending on the country) are acceptable, THC is 100% illegal in Japan, in all circumstances.

Travelling into Japan with any products with THC content at all is likely to be classified as drug trafficking, and that is a charge that you really don’t want to deal with!

CBD products that are sold in Japan, whether homegrown or imported, are formulated to contain no THC at all.

The Japanese CBD Revolution

If you’re familiar with Japan, you probably know that if something is trendy globally, it’s probably uber-trendy in Japan. That’s certainly the case with CBD.

The Japanese market has captured the attention of international CBD producers due to the rapid rise of the market, which is said to be growing at nearly 100% year-on-year .

CBD shops are popping up all over the country, and CBD is also available in non-specialist shops. Cafes will sell you CBD coffees, while mini-markets carry CBD ice teas and other drinks.

CBD basically couldn’t be more accessible in the country at this point, but due to the strict THC laws, it is heavily advised to only consume products in Japan that you have bought in Japan.

Other Asian Country Laws

Asia is a clusterfudge (that’s a word now, you should all start using it immediately) of different laws and regulations, on extreme ends of the spectrum, from legalised CBD in Japan, to the shocking case of a doctor given the death sentence (which is currently being reviewed, but has had a concerning lack of additional information in the last two years) for giving CBD products to patients in Malaysia.

CBD has been legalised for medical purposes only in South Korea, while Thailand legalised medical marijuana back in December 2018 and as for Indonesia, yeah, don’t take CBD to Indonesia.

Basically, if you’re travelling around Asia, if you are not sure about the rules, don’t buy anything unless you know categorically it is legal to do so. That’s a rule that covers all cannabis products, not just CBD. Drug laws can vary a huge amount in the region.

That being said. If you fancy embarking on some cannabinoid tourism, and checking out the CBD scene in various countries around the world, then we highly advise putting Japan on that list.

It isn’t rare for Japan to be at the forefront of evolution, and while we are used to that being more in technology, the country is leading the charge when it comes to CBD too.

With products available all over the country, in multiple different stores and outlets, and an increasing number of international producers looking towards the region, if we can’t refer to Japan as the Mecca of CBD yet, it doesn’t feel like it’ll be too long until we can!

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CBD products that are sold in Japan, whether homegrown or imported, are formulated to contain no THC at all. Purchase is currently legal…

Is CBD Oil legal in Japan?

Status: Legal

Culturally, Japan has always had a negative view of illicit substances. This includes Cannabis. Although it is legal in many Western Nations it is not in Japan

Find out if CBD is legal in your state

Culturally, Japan has always had a negative view of illicit substances. This includes Cannabis. Although it is legal in many Western Nations it is not in Japan. That being said, CBD oil is another topic altogether. Let us take a look at some of the more common questions about purchasing and using CBD oil in Japan.

CBD’s Legal Status in Japan

Is it legal to buy CBD in Japan online Yes

Yes. It is perfectly legal to buy CBD oil online in Japan. CBD usage has dramatically increased over the last few years and is becoming quite popular for its medical properties.

Although it is legal, the consumer must be very careful exactly what formulation of CBD they buy. Like some European nations, CBD oil can only be purchased if it contains almost no THC. Legally speaking, it needs to contain less than 0.03% THC.

Most CBD formulas made outside of Japan contain more THC than allowed by Japanese law. Because of this, it is recommended to purchase CBD oil made by a Japanese company or a company who formulates CBD mixtures specially for the Japanese market.

While many countries limit the amount of THC which can be found in CBD oil, nearly all have a lax approach to enforcement, and penalty for possessing CBD oil with higher than allowed THC content is usually a fine. In Japan, Cannabis and THC are taken much more seriously and can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a ¥3 million fine. Best to buy your CBD oil from a Japanese manufacturer when in Japan.

Is it legal to buy CBD in Japan offline Yes

Yes. It is perfectly legal to buy CBD oil offline in Japan. Due to its rise in popularity, over 100% year over year, CBD products have become widely available in health food stores all over Japan. In fact, it is recommended, for the reason stated above, that all CBD purchased for consumption within Japan should be purchased within Japan to ensure no laws are broken.

Is it legal to grow hemp for CBD in Japan? No

Hemp has been grown for cultivation purposes for thousands of years. The oldest known Hemp artifacts in Japan date back nearly 10,000 years. The Japanese government’s position on hemp is very clear; “It is okay for rope but not for dope”.

Growing hemp for CBD oil is a grey area in Japan. On the one hand, neither CBD nor Hemp is illegal. On the other hand, Cannabis and THC containing Hemp is very illegal, as stated above. If one was able to ensure that their particular strain of Hemp had THC levels under the legal allowance, it would be legal to cultivate it for CBD production.

It is still not advised, as the legal ramifications can be quite dire.

Is it legal in Japan to buy products containing above 0.2% of THC for medical use No

No. THC is very illegal in Japan. It has not yet been decriminalized like in many European nations.

In recent years there have been some allowances for people who have incurable diseases, but these are hard to get and not often handed out.

Is it legal in Japan to buy products containing above 0.2% of THC for recreational use No

No. THC is highly illegal. The law even forbids Japanese citizens to smoke THC for recreational purposes outside of Japan, even in countries where THC is legal. As previously stated, being caught using or possessing THC can be punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a ¥3 million fine.

Conclusion

CBD oil is legal and readily available in Japan, as long as it contains almost no THC. THC is highly illegal and should not be purchased while in Japan.

CBD oil is legal and readily available in Japan, as long as it contains almost no THC. THC is highly illegal and should not be purchased while in Japan.