Hemp laws in the European Union are complicated, to say the least. Laws vary from one country to the next, as well as the activities allowed under these laws. For example, in Germany and Switzerland, it’s illegal to sell cannabis seeds. But if you head over to Austria, you can buy as many hemp seeds and clones as you desire. In France, it’s illegal to possess cannabis. But in Belgium, personal use is totally allowed.
The variances in laws across the EU have caused a great deal of confusion for farmers in Austria. Some aren’t sure if it’s legal to buy hemp seed in Austria or where it’s being sold. Others have commenced growing hemp with great caution, selling instead as a decorative plant.
CBD Seed Co. is stepping up to help clear up these matters. Below, we’ve provided some information for farmers who have questions about hemp cultivation in Austria.
Because of the confusing legality, farmers in Austria have a lot of questions about growing hemp seed. They want to know, is it legal? And, what other matters should they be concerned about? We hope that this FAQ will provide some guidance for farmers who are interested in buying hemp seeds and/or clones to grow on their Austria land.
A: Yes! As of right now, it’s perfectly legal to purchase hemp seed that contains less than 0.3% THC in Austria. However, there are some restrictions on how you use these seeds. Furthermore, the Austrian government is considering implementing additional rules on buying and selling hemp seeds in order to better regulate the industry. Therefore, our advice is to buy now, when the time is right and you don’t have to worry about additional constraints.
A: You can buy hemp seed from any licensed seed distributor in Austria. Austria’s laws also allow for international hemp shipments. That means you can buy seed from CBD Seed Co.
A: To grow hemp seed in Austria, you need to obtain a license. You also cannot grow plants that contain 0.3% THC. Furthermore, these plants cannot be brought to bloom. Furthermore, THC concentrations cannot exceed more than 10% per 200 grams of cannabis.
A: Under Austrian law, hemp extracts cannot be used in food and cosmetics. This includes CBD, or cannabidiol. However, hemp extracts can be sold as aroma products. This means hemp can be added to essential oils and raw plant extracts. Hemp can also be sold as a decorative plant. Whatever it’s made into, hemp cannot be marketed as a medical or therapeutic product.
A: We recommend using a Monosem hemp planter. These planters are made in the U.S., so you will have to inquire with Monosem about international shipping.
In Austria, the main challenges involved with growing hemp are legality and labor. Growing hemp is labor-intensive because there is a lot of hand-weeding involved. As far as legal matters go, they’re complicated. We recommend that all hemp farmers work with a trustworthy seed supplier and seek professional legal guidance when in doubt.
CBD Seed Co. partners with hemp farmers all around the world. Call our office today to place an order to have hemp seed or clones shipped to your Austria farm.