A complicated question. Only CBD oil sold by MMPR registered companies is legal for sale inside of Canada. However, this oil is often in low supply and of low quality due to inexperience and a heavily over-regulated federal system that is not conducive to the production of good product at a decent price. Funnily enough, the companies with the most experience and best track record for making quality CBD oil have been those selling their product in Canada’s “grey area” dispensary market, as they have been doing so for over a decade while the federal program has only been allowed to sell concentrates for the passed year.
First… hemp, cannabis, marijuana (slang term)… they’re from the exact same plant species – Cannabis sativa. It’s common to mistake hemp and cannabis unless you know why they’re different. The easiest way to tell? If it’s under .3% THC content then it’s hemp and is classified as legal for academic and educational purposes, according to federal law. What is commonly referred to as cannabis (or medical marijuana) contains THC levels above .3% and can extend into levels between 15-30% THC. Remember, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Without these higher THC levels, there are no psychoactive effects for you.
Once the plants are harvested, the next step is to extract the CBD. One commonly used method is alcohol extraction, where the plant is soaked in a grain alcohol solvent. After it is soaked, the liquid that remains is high in CBD. The solvent is then evaporated and voila! You are left with potent CBD oil. CO2 extraction is another common method, but it is much more complex.