You may have seen CBD products such as CBD oils, CBD flowers, capsules or creams at a tobacconist's in your town, and you may have asked yourself can i buy CBD in spanish tobacconists?
The answer is yes, you can already buy products with CBD and with a lower percentage of THC (less than 0.2 %) in tobacco shops, specialized stores, online stores and websites that meet the standards and requirements of the Spanish State.
Let's remember that CBD is cannabidiol, an active compound of cannabis whose use has become popular due to its therapeutic properties, such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-stress, antidepressant, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant, among others.
However, its production and commercialization is still subject to several regulations and limitations in Spain, something that could change thanks to some legal resolutions of the European Union.
Situation of CBD in Spain
Currently, you can buy CBD products in tobacconists, stores specialized in cannabis products, websites and online stores that have the necessary permits from the Spanish State.
The presence in tobacco shops of creams, CBD flowers, oils and cosmetics is legal, as long as the percentage of THC in these products is lower than 0.2 %. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, and the reason why this plant is considered narcotic and illegal.
You will find these products in many tobacconists throughout Spain, although their presence may vary according to the legislation on the subject in each autonomous community.
The most relaxed and tolerant autonomous communities with respect to the sale of CBD in tobacco shops and other physical and virtual spaces are Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque Country. On the other hand, the presence of CBD products in tobacco shops is lower in the center and south of the country.
Is CBD consumption legal in Spain?
Although in Spain there is no law regulating the production, commercialization and consumption of CBD, it does not mean that this compound is completely legal.
As in other situations, in this case Spain is guided by European Union legislation, which generally considers the topical, external use of CBD legal, but not its ingestion or inhalation, with the exception of an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy, Epidiolex, produced by GW Pharmaceutical.
In 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave a verdict on a French case where it stated that no EU state could ban CBD products legally produced in another EU state.
It also determined that CBD, unlike THC, could not be considered a narcotic drug.
From 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, CBD products began to appear in tobacco shops, despite warnings from the Tobacco Market Commissioner, who regulates the activity of tobacco shops.
A certain ambiguity in the CMT's position caused the Guardia Civil to seize goods containing CBD, but not to intervene in other cases.
For now, the CBD products you can get in tobacco shops are almost the same as the ones you can find in the catalogs of online stores and distributors: CBD flowers, aromatic herbs, oils, creams, and even rolling papers made with CBD.