The CBD market There is no definitive cause behind the recent growth in the cannabis market. Changes to legislation in certain jurisdictions and the isolation of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) In short, YES! You can get CBD in Taiwan and it might be easier than you think. Read it in Mandarin >> 台灣合法購買 CBD 大麻二酚 Following the trend of cannabis legalization globally, CBD products have been… This report provides an overview of the regulatory regime for CBD, hemp and cannabis in Taiwan
The CBD market
There is no definitive cause behind the recent growth in the cannabis market. Changes to legislation in certain jurisdictions and the isolation of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) as a medicine and food ingredient are likely to have contributed, as well as the increased awareness among the public of its perceived wellbeing benefits.
The market is currently worth £300 million in the UK, a figure that is expected to more than triple in the next five years. That equates to a £1 billion market in CBD alone by 2025. The number of CBD oil users also doubled from 125,000 to 250,000 between 2017 and 2018. High street chains such as Holland & Barrett, Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy are all stocking CBD products as they provide the most accessible products for both producers and consumers.
All CBD oils incorporated into high street products are imported into the UK, predominantly from the US and Eastern Europe. It is questionable whether all these imports go through the rigorous testing process required here to confirm compliant levels of controlled substances.
Tests have found that up to 62% of UK high street products that were analysed did not contain the CBD content indicated on the product labels. Others were found to have unacceptable levels of controlled substances, such as THC. Many producers are, therefore, turning to self-regulation and independent verification to ensure compliance and a quality product.
Extraction of cannabidiol compounds is highly regulated, meaning such markets are largely inaccessible. Yet this makes the UK an attractive prospect for those capable of overcoming regulatory barriers, owing to the reduced competition in this country. Those who obtain a licence to extract and utilise cannabidiol compounds for medicinal or scientific purposes are few and far between and so the production is likely to be a high value product.
The CBD market is expected to more than triple over the next five years
A SCIENCE LESSON
Cannabis sativa, often known simply as cannabis or hemp, contains at least 113 different cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a class of similar chemical compounds that act on specific receptors in the brain. Amongst those 113, there are two of specific interest:
THC produces the psychoactive effects that cannabis is synonymous with. As the principal psychoactive compound, THC is responsible for the “high” that cannabis can produce, as well as its medicinal properties. Unsurprisingly, it is this compound that is most closely regulated.
CBD is the compound providing cannabis with its recent market success in the UK. The compound is not psychoactive, but many people believe it has numerous wellbeing benefits. While not producing a “high”, CBD has been linked with pain relief and reduced feelings of anxiety. CBD is not regulated like THC and greater awareness of these perceived benefits has led to this growing market.
Read the articles within Spotlight: Hemp cultivation in the UK below.
Is CBD Legal in Taiwan? A short tutorial to help you to get your first CBD product in Taiwan.
Following the trend of cannabis legalization globally, CBD products have been recognized as a health/wellness supplement. However, living in the country with relatively conservative social circumstances in Asia, such as Taiwan, might cause you a huge price to obtain recreational or medicinal substances.
That been said, I personally do not encourage you to do anything that will violate the local law.
So is CBD legal in Taiwan? Yes! CBD is not a controlled substance nor narcotic good in Taiwan.
In fact, according to the announcement that has been published by Taiwan FDA (TFDA) in May 2020, CBD is one kind of medicine. As long as you purchase CBD products for the purpose of personal use, that’s totally fine.
But how do I do that?
According to TFDA’s announcement, what you need is to prepare the documents as below:
- Your Taiwanese’s ID card or residency card.
- Product box, description, and product function (If needed).
- A Prescription from certified physicians indicated your need of CBD.
- Product Certification of Analysis (making sure your product has no THC).
You can use this page to submit your documents: https://www.fda.gov.tw/TC/site.aspx?sid=3928
Very tedious? I know..
Now, I’m going to tell you a secret. If I tell you I can help you to get the documents of point 2.3 & 4, would you like to visit our website to purchase THC free CBD products? I bet you will.
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Now, let’s circle back to the prescription. How do you get them?
There are two options, one is in Northern Taiwan and the other is in Southern Taiwan.
If you live in the greater TPE area, you can go talk to Dr. Kung, who has great prestige in the mental health area. If you live in the greater Kaohsiung area, you can go visit Dr. Lai. Dr. Lai might be the only unicorn that you can find who went to the top med-school in Taiwan with deep knowledge of cannabis/alternative medicine.
Here are their fan pages.
Still very tedious, right?
Here is a trick. You don’t need to apply for the permission to purchase the products for personal use upfront, you can simply place the order online and have the products ship to you. If custom stoped the products and requested for the documents, you can give them the documents accordingly.
That means you can purchase THC free products online and have them ship to you without paperwork.
You have to make sure what you’ve purchased were really THC free. Otherwise, you might have committed a narcotic crime without knowing it.
One more thing
If you found some companies/vendors selling CBD ”in Taiwan”, please be aware. According to TFDA regulation, selling CBD is illegal in Taiwan. So all the local vendors who sell CBD on Shopee/facebook/instagram/line are probably illegal. You might think that “Hey, I’m just a consumer, I might be fine buying things from them.”
- You might violate the law called “Pharmaceutical Affairs Law”. That means jail time and fines.
- If those vendors are illegal, do you think they care about your need, product QA/QC, your shopping experience, and your health? I don’t think so.
Last but not least
If you really bump into any legal trouble after purchasing CBD products, you better call Zoe. The one and only cannabis lawyer in Taiwan to save you.
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Regulatory report: Taiwan, April 2021
CBD is not a controlled drug in Taiwan, but the growing of cannabis plants for any purposes including the extraction of CBD is prohibited by the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. While this is the case, CBD finished products can be legally sold in Taiwan as long as the specific product does not claim to have therapeutic properties. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the current regulatory regime for CBD in Taiwan, covering everything from extracts and finished products, to import/export laws and medicinal cannabis.