Legality of CBD in South Korea

South Korea might be known for its cherry trees, budhist temples, and k-dramas… but is it also known for its CBD?

Regrettably, the laws are pretty restrictive on all plants of the cannabinoid family. But let’s break down the details so you know exactly what to expect.


Is CBD legal in South Korea?

As mentioned above, South Korea has come down pretty harshly on cannabinoid plants. The Korean government has made importing or buying marijuana without a permit illegal and doing so can result in prison time or steep fines in the ballpark of $90,000 to $100,000.

Up until the end of 2018, CBD was lumped together with marijuana, but at that time, the government legalized CBD for medical use. Recreational remains prohibited for now.


Can I travel (fly or drive) with CBD into South Korea?

Since recreational CBD is illegal throughout the country, no, you won’t be able to travel with industrial hemp to South Korea.

Please, never attempt to bring hemp-derived products onto your plane without declaring them. Attempting to sneak CBD into any country is never worth the risk of a criminal offense on your record!


Can I ship CBD in South Korea?

No, at this time, you won’t be able to ship CBD into this country.


A FINAL NOTE: We hope you will consider this your starting point in understanding the legality of CBD in South Korea. Laws are subject to change. And although we strive to provide you with accurate information, we are not infallible. To stay educated and informed, we recommend you research and read more about the laws of your country.

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