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Canadian CBD Versus American CBD - Which One Is Better?

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Canadian CBD Versus American CBD - Which One Is Better?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different country? I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume a few of you have fantasized about this scenario at least a few times, especially over the last year alone.

It is a question I find myself asking from time to time, or rather ponder. It's, not because I am dying to leave the Country, but because the idea fascinates me. 

Would life really be any different that what it is now? It's a tough question to answer, for the idea of a different life is an enigma. Especially, if you have only lived in one state your whole life. 

In my own fantasies, it’s the little things that get me thinking the most. Like, what’s on television there, how much a movie ticket cost, or how do their CBD laws differ from ours?

If you didn't see that transition coming, then you will probably have a very hard time wondering what your life would be like elsewhere.

Like I said, it's the little things in life that would feel like the biggest changes. For example, how would you go about buying CBD if you lived in Canada?

Come to think of it, how many places in the world have legalized cannabis and hemp?

That is a good question with an answer for another time, or just do a quick Google search. Off the top of my head I do not have that answer for you all.

I do know that Canada, our good neighbors to the North, have legalized cannabis entirely, with the passing of one large bill. 

Which is not even close to the way we're doing it here, a painstaking step by step process. How can something be legal in one state, but illegal in another...

What does a full legalization of cannabis look like for Canadians? I wonder how legalization of cannabis change their daily lives? 

More interestingly, what do these new laws and regulations mean for companies who sell CBD?

If you have ever found yourself asking that specific question, then this is the perfect blog for you!

We are going to take a look at what the CBD lifestyle is like in Canada; what rules they have in place and how they affect Canadian consumers. 


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A Brief Overview Of CBD in Canada

In 2018, The Cannabis Act was passed in Canada, allowing for the legalization of industrial hemp and cannabis across the country.

Under this act both recreational and medical uses for marijuana were made possible for the public.

Prior to this act, cannabis and CBD were enforced under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Much like here in America, it was illegal to buy or sell any cannabis related products, unless it had been authorized for medical or scientific purposes.

Again, much like in America, possession of marijauna in Canada led to jail time, with the severity of the charges being based on how much you possessed during arrest. 


Oddly though, the Canadian government grouped hemp, CBD, and cannabis together, viewing the plant as a whole instead of separating the clearly different commodities.

As a result, CBD and THC are regulated by the same rules.

This is how Canada defines hemp: “The Industrial Hemp Regulations Program defines hemp as a cannabis plant and plant parts with a THC content of 0.3% or less in the leaves and flowering heads”.

So, this means that the same restrictions apply towards a company whether they are selling CBD or THC products.

Restrictions like, only manufacturers and retailers with cannabis licenses are permitted produce and sell CBD. Any cannabis or CBD related items that have been manufactured without the proper license are deemed illegal. 

Some people have compared Canada’s approach to CBD with their selling of alcohol. You must be 19 years old, 18 in Alberta and Quebec, in order to purchase cannabis or CBD items.

Customers are limited to 30 grams at a time, anything over that limit and you will face possible jail time - 5 years to be exact. 

Industrial Hemp Regulations, or IRH, is a program that allows farmers to grow low grade THC cannabis for industrial use.

The IHR is a system of permits and authorizations for those who are involved in the cultivation, distribution, importing/exporting, and processing of hemp.

Under the IHR, a person is not permitted to extract material from the flowering parts of the leaves.

Farmers who want to manufacture CBD must first get a cannabis processing license. 

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5 Facts About Buying CBD In Canada 

1. Where Can I Buy CBD in Canada?

All of these strict regulations have made buying CBD products more inconvenient for Canadians. You are only allowed to purchase CBD related items at cannabis dispensaries.

Thankfully, you can do so without the need of a doctor’s prescription. 

2. Who Is Allowed To Sell CBD in Canada?

Who is allowed to sell CBD? As you just read, CBD has to be bought at specific retailers. These retailers have to first be authorized by the government in order to sell cannabis and CBD products.

Canada has very strict regulations on the selling of these items, this is what the government controls: the storage, labeling, advertising, and pricing. 

3. How Do You Become Certified to Sell Cannabis in Canada?

It is a strenuous process that can take several months to accomplish. CBD brands will first need to spend tons of money on legal fees and applications, in order to become ready to operate.

The application process alone can take over a year to complete. A lot of start-ups fail to make it through the whole legal process. 

4. Pros & Cons to Canada's Approach to CBD

You are left with a more reliable CBD industry. They have put an end to “gas station CBD”, which has become a problem here in America.

But, there is one major downside to these strict regulations: higher CBD prices.

For Canadians consumers this is catch-22. On one hand, you can guarantee the credibility and safety of your product; on the other hand, you have fewer places to buy from and the cost is higher. 

5. Taking CBD Across the Canadian Border

Canada's strict regulations means you can only buy Canadian CBD. You will be hard pressed to find an American CBD company to buy from, or any European CBD brands too.

It is illegal to transport CBD across the US-Canada border, even though it is legal in both countries. At the border, all cannabis related products are still considered Schedule I drugs.

So if you want to go to Canada to buy some CBD or cannabis, I suggest you use it all up while staying there. 

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5 Facts About Buying CBD In America

1. Where Can I Buy CBD in America?

Anywhere! Unfortunately, this is a problem rather than a benefit. You can buy CBD pretty much anywhere in the United States. 

You can even purchase "CBD" inside gas stations... I put that in parentheses because the odds of it being actual CBD are low to none

Which can a major problem if you do not know where to buy from, but no fear, we have that covered (Fact #3)!

2. Who Is Allowed To Sell CBD in America?

Again, anyone is allowed to sell CBD. There are some legal hoops you have to jump through. Like, most processors don't take payments for CBD, or other hemp-based, products. And pretty much all big banks don't mess with CBD either. 

Unlike Canada, America does not require that you become cannabis certified in order to be illegible to sell cannabis related items. 

But, that information is really for those who are interested in opening up their own store to sell CBD. 

As we mentioned earlier, you can purchase CBD anywhere, but be cautious with this power.

I strongly recommend buying from someplace you can trust - like us! Make sure you buy from a store that specializes in CBD, and doesn't just offer it as a side item.

When looking at a specific item, make sure it has been approved by the United States Hemp Authority. 

3. How Do You Become Certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority?

In order to make sure you are shopping at the right location, or buying the right item; look for the USHA logo - The United States Hemp Authority.

They are the leading voice in the hemp industry. They have set the gold standard for all CBD products.

They cannot prevent items from coming to the market, like the Canadian government can, but they let consumers know which products are safe to use.

They have set rules and regulations for manufactures and retailers. A do's and don't list for the industry. Companies who follow their strict guidelines become certified.

It is for these reasons why we only sell items that have been approved by the USHA.

4. Pros & Cons to America's Approach to CBD?

Poor products. You can run into a lot of bad eggs out there. There are some shady companies out there trying to make a quick buck on the CBD boom in America.

Please, don't let some bad apples spoil the batch. Do your own research and follow the steps we laid out before and everything will work out well in the end. 


5. Can You Take CBD Across the American Border? 

Yeah, I'm pretty sure you are not permitted to cross the border with cannabis or CBD. They will confiscate it and you will face a punishment. 

Just don't do it El Chapo!


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Is Canadian or American CBD Better?

In a head to head battle, who comes out on top? Whose to say? I know, what a let down answer.

Both parties have their own strengths and weaknesses. America operates in a free market and with that freedom you have a greater access to CBD. The downside being, there are a lot of bad products on the market. 

We Americans should be thankful that someone like the USHA stepped up and decided to regulate this market. 

Canada has more reliable CBD on their shelves with fewer places to buy from. You are only allowed to purchase CBD inside of dispensaries, and nowhere else. 

Canadian CBD is priced higher for those reasons too. Higher prices are a pain, but at least the consumers have confidence in the product. 

In the end, I am thankful that I live in a country where CBD is legal - hopefully, Cannabis can become legalized here soon.

And I'm sure many Canadians feel the same way aboot their country. To live in a place that listened to the people and removed Cannabis from being classified as a Schedule I drug. 

And really, that is the important thing here. It's not about who is doing a better job of selling CBD.

It's all about changing the negative connotation of cannabis, shift the mind-set of those people to help them see the benefits CBD holds. That should be the collective goal of all cannabis connoisseurs. 


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

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