what are the laws in Hong Kong?

There are a lot of questions surrounding CBD and its legality in Hong Kong.


Before greenrice began, we had the same questions. And we’ve done our research for you! We’ve contacted the Department of Health, Department of Customs, Department of Drug Evaluation and Import/Export, Department of Licensing and Compliance, Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene, and Department of Pharmaceutical, and every department verified that:

CBD is currently legal in Hong Kong. CBD products with zero THC and CBN are permitted to be sold, carried, and distributed in Hong Kong.

However, it's important to note that in the US, and many other countries, CBD products are allowed to have less than <0.3% THC.


So if you’re thinking of purchasing CBD products from overseas, be aware and read the labels! Do not import a product with THC because that is a criminal offense.


If you have any doubts or questions - shoot us an email! 

the full legal breakdown

According to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134), "cannabis" means any plant, or any part of any plant, of the genus cannabis which contains tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) and the viable seeds of any plant of the genus cannabis. Part 1 of the First Schedule to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance also listed "cannabis", "cannabinol and its tetrahydro derivatives; their 3-alkyl homologues" as dangerous drugs. Please note that, although cannabidiol (CBD) is not listed under the Part I of the First Schedule to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, extraction of CBD from cannabis usually includes low level of THC, which will render the CBD products a dangerous drug.


Since it is difficult to extract pure cannabidiol, the products concerned may highly likely contain other cannabinoids, such as Tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC)) controlled under Cap. 134 the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. Regarding the importation of food, under Cap. 612 Food Safety Ordinance, any person who carries on a food importation / distribution business must register with Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene as a food importer/ food distributor. 


Some might also come across the following message below:


Under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap. 138, Laws of Hong Kong), any pharmaceutical products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) must be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Department of Health (DoH) in accordance with the requirements under before it can be sold or distributed. Manufacturers, importers or distributors of the pharmaceutical products must also obtain relevant licenses from the Board.


Because the CBD products we sell are not of medical use, nor do they claim any medical results, this does not apply to the products we carry. That being said, greenrice does not distribute or sell any products of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance under Hong Kong Legislation. Greenrice’s statement and products are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease. We do not sell any products containing THC and CBN. The products listed on this website are not registered under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance or the Chinese Medicine Ordinance. Any claim made for it has not been subject to evaluation for such registration. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications.

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