CBD Regulations

Regulation of products containing CBD in Hong Kong SAR

In 2018, the World Health Organization reported: “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential and to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Subsequently, the Hong Kong Department of Health has deregulated CBD products as long as they are 100% free of THC.

To abide by Government regulations, CBD products are required to be tested and certified to prove they contain 0% THC by a 3rd party, FDA approved laboratory, in order to be classed as legally safe to buy and use in Hong Kong. 

Please see the following HK government announcement released on 7th November 2018;  

Tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid present in cannabis plants and is a dangerous drug controlled under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134).  Any products (including any food products and drinks) that contain THC are also controlled under Cap. 134.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid present in cannabis plants but is not a dangerous drug controlled under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134)”   

Please find below the  links to the HK official government and Centre of Food Safety official press announcements shown above;




Traveling WITH CBD

Can I Travel With CBD?

CBD is currently legal in Hong Kong but if you need to bring your supplements to other countries while traveling, make sure to check local laws before you do as regulation varies between countries or even states in the USA.

 CBD Oil/Hemp Oil and other hemp products are considered to be food-based. As such, there are no restrictions on the production, sale, and consumption of those in Hong Kong.

Traveling with CBD is possible, but it also depends on your final destination and which type of CBD product-base you are carrying so it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the allowed percentages. For example, the US allows a THC level under 0.3%, the UK and most EU countries allow under 0.2%, Japan (like Hong Kong) is at 0%. Some Asian countries, like Taiwan and Thailand, classify CBD as a regulated medication- only 1-2 months supply is tolerated. In Singapore, CBD is prohibited by law.


Regulations on CBD products:


Hong Kong




CBD Product Type

Supplement based CBD

Supplement based CBD

Supplement based CBD

Supplement based CBD

% of THC allowed

0% THC allowed

No more than 0.3% THC allowed

No more than 0.2% THC allowed

Upto 1% THC allowed


NanoCBD is Officially Certified 0%THC

Trusted Brand - NanoCBD is Certified as a 0% THC by a 3rd Party, FDA approved Laboratory. 

Hong Kong Government warns: 

Do Not Import or Bring Any Food Products Containing Cannabis into Hong Kong

The Cannabis Act in Canada which came into force recently legalizes and regulates recreational cannabis use.  Cannabis containing foods and beverages may be available in Canada. In Hong Kong, under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap.134), illicit import of cannabis or any products that contain controlled cannabinoids (such as tetrahydrocannabinol, or "THC") constitutes a criminal offense.   

Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid present in cannabis plants but is not a dangerous drug controlled under Cap. 134.  However, since it is difficult to extract pure CBD, food products and drinks that contain CBD may highly likely contain other controlled cannabinoids. 

The local food trade should avoid importing or manufacturing products concerned lest they would breach the law.  Members of the public should pay special attention to the ingredients and/or labels of the food products when bringing food from overseas places into Hong Kong or ordering food on-line.

Please email info@inl.asia for a copy of the certificate of authenticity from a 3rd party FDA approved laboratory.