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CBD Oil & Cannabis in South Africa – The Laws


Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many beneficial compounds found in the cannabis or “dagga” plant, and as of 2019, the purchase and sale of CBD products in South Africa is legal. However, there are a few important things you need to look out for.

The current legislation regarding CBD in South Africa

As of May in 2019 you are allowed to purchase CBD products that are prepared to be consumed in less than 20mg per daily dose of CBD. Furthermore, CBD products can’t contain more than 10ppm or 0.001% of THC (the compound that gets you high) and must be clearly labelled. The manufacturer must have a Certificate of Analysis (COA), which verifies the product’s contents and concentration by a third-party company.

How do I know if I’m buying good CBD oil?

When purchasing CBD oil, or any CBD product for that matter, it’s important to purchase authentic products – not only for the proper medicinal benefits of CBD, but so that you can ensure the product won’t make you unwell.

Be sure to do your research, and find some of the best CBD products that work for you. Verify the manufacturer by viewing their website online, contacting their support staff, or read blogs that focus on CBD products.

Expect CBD oil laws to change in 2020

In late 2020, after a year since the exemption, it is most likely that the laws surrounding CBD and marijuana in South Africa will change. Some professionals in the industry have indicated the strength of CBD might be reduced, while others have preached for the outright legislation of the cannabis plant including Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

Is marijuana legal in South Africa?

In September 2018, the South African Constitutional Court decriminalized the use and cultivation of marijuana in your own private space, for private use. This means it’s completely legal to grow and smoke in your home, for yourself. However, it’s not legal to buy or sell marijuana, thc oil or seeds. Defining what “personal use” is becomes tricky, and should be cleared up soon.

Judge Zondo, said the quantity can be determined by a SAPS officer:

“If a police officer finds a person in possession of cannabis and he or she thinks it is not for personal consumption, he or she will ask the person such questions as may be necessary to satisfy himself or herself whether the cannabis he or she is in possession of is for personal consumption. If, having heard what the person has to say, the police officer thinks that the explanation is not satisfactory, he or she may arrest the person. Ultimately, it will be the court that will decide whether the person possessed the cannabis for personal consumption.”

Judge Zondo

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