Looking to learn more about CBD in Hong Kong? Is it legal? How does it work? Where can you buy it? Here’s everything you need to know.
If you’re interested in exploring natural cures to things like anxiety or inflammation, CBD could be exactly what you’re looking for. Cannabinoid products have been gaining popularity as more people experience the benefits of natural products. CBD is one of the 104 known compounds in the cannabinoids group. What’s more, this plant-powered adaptogen doesn’t have any dependence potential, so there’s no way to “overdose” and it won’t make you “high” (more on this below).
Whether you’re keen to take the plunge and try a few CBD oil drops in your coffee and CBD cream on your skin, or are simply looking to learn more about it first, we’ve put together an ultimate guide to all things CBD in Hong Kong. Keep scrolling for more…
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of the 104 known compounds in the cannabinoids group. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. This means that CBD won’t make you “high”. The oil is made from different parts of a mature hemp plant (everything from its stalks to its flowers).
Is CBD The Same As Cannabis?
No, CBD is not the same as cannabis or marijuana. Though both come from the same family, the two plants they originate from are very different.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our body to generate encocannabinoids and process phytocannabinoids. This helps us return to homeostasis (which is the stable norm we’re constantly ebbing and flowing from). CBD combines with the body to adjust our stress response. It’s known as an adaptogen because it adapts uniquely to you.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
CBD is said to have therapeutic effects, like helping ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s also used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidising and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. For many, this results in better sleep, soothed muscle tensions and a sense of calm or focus – though some people barely feel anything from it!
How Is CBD Different From CBG?
You may notice that a number of brands are starting to incorporate CBG, in addition to CBD, into their products. CBG is a different type of cannabinoid from CBD. It’s found in smaller quantities than CBD, so CBG products tend to be rarer and often more expensive. That being said, CBG is slowly becoming more popular thanks to early trials that show its potential therapeutic benefits for conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Parkinson’s disease and anxiety.
Is CBD Legal In Hong Kong?
CBD is legal in Hong Kong. It is not prohibited under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance or Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. Local CBD sellers have to register for a license to prove their products are THC free (Cap. 138, Laws of Hong Kong).
Is CBD Safe?
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers CBD a safe, non-toxic and non-addictive substance.
How Is CBD Used?
For optimal effect, people use CBD daily as a form of supplement instead of treating it as medication. As a plant extract, CBD can create a synergistic effect when combined with extracts from other botanicals or herbs. For example, the sense of pain relief and anti-inflammation can be heightened when it’s combined with an ingredient like turmeric.
Are There Different Types Of CBD?
There are three main types of CBD:
- Full Spectrum CBD, which can contain a trace amount of THC (0.2-1%)
- Broad Spectrum CBD, which contains no THC but does contain other compounds
- CBD Isolate, which contains only the CBD compound.
This information should be provided on a product label, but because many CBD products are marketed as dietary supplements, there is no clear regulation.
Does The Dosage Of CBD Matter?
Different metabolisms and needs mean different dosages are required per person, and there’s no one-size-fits-all. As a general rule of thumb however, at a lower dose (5-20mg) CBD promotes focus and clarity, while a higher dose (25-50mg) is more sedating and gives a sense of calm and relaxation.
Where To Buy CBD In Hong Kong
KOOL for Men
Don’t be fooled by the name – though KOOL for Men’s products were designed with males in mind, the innovative lifestyle brand has won itself a legion of female devotees thanks to its range of conscious grooming and wellness products. The formulated CBD offerings in particular are on our radar, with everything from tincture drops, vegan gummies, sprays, soft gels, cutting-edge topical wellness patches and relief rubs that help with needs such as energy and focus, sleep support, immunity boosting, pain relief and more. The cherry on top? KOOL for Men’s focus on sustainability and social responsibility. All products are created with organic and vegan ingredients where possible, and a portion of proceeds from the Extra Strength Relief Rub and Water Soluble Nano CBD Drops goes to children-focused charity GO Campaign.
Use the code SASSY15 to enjoy 15% off at KOOL for Men.
Homegrown brand Gentle Bro is home to an array of premium CBD wellness products, including the first USDA-certified, organic CBD range in Hong Kong, spanning edible supplements, topical ointments, pet treats and more. With holistic wellness in mind, the collection is made with broad spectrum hemp extract. This means that the entire spectrum of cannabinoids found in cannabis is preserved, except for the psychoactive compound THC, which is removed during the manufacturing processes using proprietary technology (so it’s legal and you won’t get high!). Want to learn more? Pop into Gentle Bro’s boutiques in Central or Tai Koo Shing (opening in November) to test out the products for yourself!
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Easy convenience abounds at CBD Online – an online store offering over 100 products sourced from some of America’s biggest CBD brands. You’ll find full transparency on manufacturing processes listed on its site, not to mention thousands of positive reviews from satisfied customers worldwide, allowing you to shop in confidence. Plus, as CBD Online works directly with manufacturers, the lowest possible prices are guaranteed. Don’t just take our word for it though – try it out for yourself. With a year round “buy 2, get 3” offer when you use the code THIRDFREE, along with regularly-updated special deals, it’d be rude not to!
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CBD Online, cbdonline.hk
This premium British CBD brand has accumulated many loyal customers since arriving in Hong Kong back in 2020. Meaning ‘sound’ in Japanese, OTO represents the space between sound and silence, and aims to create the world’s finest CBD experiences with optimum levels of CBD. From the award-winning CBD pillow mist to the best-selling sleep drops, each product is thoughtfully put together and highly effective. OTO sources only the highest quality botanical ingredients from around the globe, blending them with pure CBD to create products that help with everything from stress, anxiety, sleep, pain, and even skin problems like dryness and eczema. The proof is in the product, with 83% of OTO customers attesting that daily use of OTO helped reduce stress and anxiety.
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From luxury skincare to oils, edibles, pet products and more, HKCBD Store has one of the largest CBD offerings in town – you’ll be spoilt for choice on options here! The team handpicks its selection of over 100 products from both local homegrown and international brands (like Cubed, Green Roads and ohne, to name but a few), and ensures everything is THC-free and fully compliant with Hong Kong laws and regulations for added peace of mind. Pro-tip: get your order in before 5pm on weekdays for next-day delivery!
Use code SASSY to get 10% off your next order.
HKCBD Store, hkcbdstore.com
SWISS FX CBD
This leading European CBD brand was founded by three childhood friends who had been using CBD products for several years but couldn’t find a product on the market that met their demands in terms of quality, taste and authenticity. From this, SWISS FX was born – a product made from only the highest quality, organically grown hemp extract (harvested by hand no less!). What’s more, SWISS FX CBD oil is cold pressed, vegan and gluten free. Each batch is checked, certified and subjected to the strictest quality controls by an independent laboratory, guaranteeing you the cream of the crop. You’ll be glad to know that SWISS FX products are readily stocked in its Hong Kong office so you won’t need to worry about long shipping times or customs delays.
A CBD brand by women, for women, Brae has one goal in mind: to advocate for female self-care, with a little help from CBD. The results-driven range encompasses a medley of tinctures and oils designed to encourage everything from sleep to focus.
Calmed & Co.
If we were giving points for the most aesthetic CBD brand in Hong Kong, Calmed & Co. would win hands down. Its beautifully packaged line of CBD products includes everything from gummies to capsules and oils. Each serving is packed with a high dose of at least 15mg of CBD, promising an instantaneous effect. Did we mention that all products are GMP certified, vegan and cruelty free to boot?
Calmed & Co., www.calmednco.com
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CBD Hong Kong
Boasting the largest range of strengths available in the city, CBD Hong Kong is a go-to for both CBD newbies and experienced consumers alike. The dedicated online store carries high quality CBD products from top US brand cbdMD, in a variety of forms, in addition to veterinarian-formulated products for pets (because our four-legged friends can get stressed too!).
CBD Hong Kong, www.cbd-hongkong.com
Felix & Co
Quality meets affordability at Felix & Co. On a mission to remove the stigma from cannabinoids, this homegrown brand brings us a range of CBD products across a variety of strengths and formats, all at great prices. Rest assured, everything here, from the CBD oil to body balm and sleep softgels, is ethically and responsibly-produced, using all organic ingredients. Whether you’re experienced with CBD or just getting started, you’re sure to find something you love
Felix & Co, felixandco.com
Found is the first dedicated CBD shop and cafe in all of Asia! Tucked away in Sheung Wan’s Po Hing Fong neighbourhood, Found offers a carefully curated selection of high-quality CBD and hemp-derived products, including products from homegrown Felix & Co and Life CBD. Whilst you’re there, a visit to Found’s cafe is a must for CBD-infused food and drinks, ranging from coffee, tea, juices and kombucha to chocolates, bread, pastries and more.
Skincare ingredients and CBD go hand-in-hand at Joyce Beauty. Brands to note include Natureofthings, which champions calming, minimalist products and offers full-spectrum CBD in relieving body balms and floral bath formulas; Saint Jane, focusing on botanical beauty – think clean, antioxidant-rich CBD lip glosses; and Treaty, best known for its Calm formula (oral drops that combine broad spectrum hemp extract, rose, linden and basil).
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Kiara Naturals has been dedicated to formulating hemp and plant-based remedies since 2005, so the brand naturally comes with a wealth of knowledge in this arena. All plants are grown, harvested and extracted at its base in Switzerland, with quality guaranteed every step of the way. The products here target pain points like anxiety, sleep and recovery.
Kiara Naturals, kiaranaturals.com
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October, 2020 and was most recently updated in October, 2021.
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Hero image courtesy of Mathilde Langevin via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Alesia Kozik via Pexels, image 2 courtesy of Found via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Calmed & Co. via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of KOOL for Men, image 5 courtesy of Gentle Bro, image 6 courtesy of CBD Online, image 7 courtesy of OTO CBD, image 8 courtesy of HKCBD Store, image 9 courtesy of SWISS FX.