CBD in Ireland

Ireland has a fast developing consumer CBD market, becoming a significant producer of hemp. This page includes all of our detailed full-length Irish market and regulatory reports, as well as both business and regulatory briefings covering current updates from the country.

Conflicting opinions and laws make life tough for CBD industry in Ireland

CBN (cannabinol) is a controlled substance in Ireland under the Misuse of Drugs Act, but CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol) are not. CBD isolates, therefore, may be manufactured and sold freely as a raw substance but will fall into specific product regulation depending on the intended use.

In August 2020, the trade body for hemp and CBD in Ireland has accused the Irish government of working in silos and said its lack of intra-governmental communication as well as consultation with stakeholders could lead to the end of the industry in the country. Recent raids were launched against CBD consumers for possession of CBD products allegedly including CBD flowers. Irish police – called Gardai – were accused of heavy-handed tactics including use of armed officers in the raids.

It is clear that there are many conflicting opinions and laws about CBD products in Ireland, which is making life very difficult for both stakeholders and consumers.