Poland has one of the most relaxed approaches to CBD in Europe. The central European nation has a very permissive stance towards CBD, thanks to a regulatory framework that simply recognizes the difference between non-fibrous cannabis, and fibrous hemp.
Fibrous hemp products that contain 0.2% THC or less are available for retail and consumption, and can be purchased over the counter. Edibles, supplements and beverages are also legal–making Poland one of the few European countries where you can get your hands on CBD-infused gummies or chocolate bars. CBD-infused cosmetic and skincare products are also available.
CBD products derived from fibrous (industrial) hemp containing more than 0.2% THC, or products derived from cannabis can be accessed from a doctor with a prescription.
In this Leafreport guide, we’ll offer our recommendations of some of the best CBD brands available in Poland. We’ll also walk you through Polish laws relevant to CBD, and provide you with helpful pointers about what to look out for when buying CBD in Polish stores or online.
Poland’s relationship with hemp stretches back through the ages. Throughout Polish history, hemp has been used as a food, clothing fiber, and medicine.The recent reintroduction of hemp in Europe has seen Poland enthusiastically re-embrace the plant, and create a regulatory framework that clearly distinguishes between fibrous hemp, and non-fibrous cannabis. Poland is home to one of the world’s leading hemp institutes — The Polish Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants.
CBD products that are derived from fibrous hemp (also known as industrial hemp) that contain 0.2% THC or less are legal in Poland and available in diverse formats–including CBD edibles, supplements and beverages. While many European countries opted to embrace the EU novel food regulation instituted in 2019 that prohibited the retail of CBD-infused foods, Poland chose to bypass it. As a result, Poland is one of a handful of countries where consumers can purchase gummies, CBD-infused chocolate, and other edible products–so long as the product contains 0.2% THC or less, a law that extends throughout the European Union. Edibles and beverages containing CBD are subject to the same laws as products that retail as food. In addition, CBD edibles and beverages must be classified as food products of non-animal origin.
Cannabis (non-fibrous hemp) is partially decriminalized in Poland. Individuals with specific medical conditions may be able to access cannabis with a doctor’s prescription. CBD products containing more than 0.2% THC may also be available with a doctor’s prescription.
Those interested in cultivating fibrous hemp for CBD in Poland can only do so with a permit. Industrial (fibrous) hemp containing 0.2% THC or less can only be grown for the needs of the textile, chemical, cellulose and paper, food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, building materials, or seed industries.
With the diverse array of CBD brands and products permitted in Poland, Polish CBD buyers are truly spoilt for choice. Here’s our pick of the five best CBD products available in Poland, selected using the Leafreport rating system.
For a brief breakdown of the scoring categories that we use to evaluate each brand, read on.
Our rating system calculates scores according to the five criteria listed below. We add up the scores across these five categories to arrive at a total score out of 100.
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Batch subjects all its products to independent third-party purity and potency testing, with most certificates of analysis easily accessible via their Lab Reports tab on the website. When Leafreport purchased a selection of products, the potency reports were all excellent, with the products purchased testing below the acceptable 10% variance limit allowed.
Batch CBD sources its CBD from hemp farms in Wisconsin. The brand offers premium full-spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products that are pesticide-free and non-GMO. Leafreport couldn’t find evidence, however, that their hemp had received USDA certified organic status on the website. Batch CBD uses a food-grade ethanol process for CBD extraction.
The brand offers a variety of premium quality, organic CBD products that are available in tinctures, topicals, softgels, chocolate bars, and gummies.
The Batch CBD website is extremely easy to navigate, and visually attractive. There’s a comprehensive FAQ page and multiple ways to reach out to customer service representatives.
Batch CBD products average $.07 per milligram of CBD, which is lower than average when compared to comparable brands in the market.. If you’re looking for a discount, Batch has several on offer.
Wisconsin-based Batch CBD is a vertically integrated CBD brand–meaning it manages diverse aspects of its operation from hemp cultivation, to extraction, to packaging. With a close relationship with local Wisconsin growers and the local community, Batch prides itself on a “batch-by-batch” approach that’s very hands-on. You can meet the team online and read about their approach and ethos towards crafting CBD products. Uniquely, consumers are welcome to attend lab tours of the facilities, or follow the brand’s Instagram to watch their “office takeovers”. These initiatives certainly bolster the brand’s identity as highly transparent. All Batch operations are located under one roof in Sussex, Wisconsin–it’s from this base that the team ships their range of CBD products all over the world, including Poland.
When Leafreport ordered a selection of Batch CBD, we had to request the third-party purity test results from customer service, which may be inconvenient for customers who want instant access to both purity and potency tests.
The third-party CoA (Certificate of Analysis) potency and purity tests can be easily accessed for each product lot, emphasizing the brand’s dedication to transparency. Finding information about the brand’s founders and employees is challenging, however–there’s no information provided on the website.
R+R Medicinals’ local hemp farms and extraction facility became USDA Organic Certified in late 2019. Their partner farms avoid chemicals or pesticides during hemp cultivation.
The brand offers an array of topicals, gummies, tinctures, softgels and pet products. There’s also a THC-free line available.
If you’re hoping to learn more about the basics of how CBD works on the body, R+R’s website offers educational resources. There’s also a live chat function so you can ask questions as you’re browsing for products.
The brand boasts a great price point when it comes to CBD–a tincture costs $0.03 per mg while gummies cost $0.09 per mg.
R+R Medicinals is a Colorado-based CBD brand that ships to Poland. The brand stands out from competitors with its rustic, old-time apothecary branding. Another point of distinction is that the brand derives its CBD products from a unique proprietary strain of USDA certified organic hemp called Cherry. All products are either broad-spectrum or full-spectrum, enabling customers to enjoy the benefits of the entourage effect via the synthesis of diverse terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids.The CBD is extracted from the hemp using supercritical CO2 extraction, a method that’s widely recognized for its safety and purity. The full test results of all product batches are available on the Lab Testing page. For veterans, referrals, and loyal buyers, there are generous discounts available.
If there are any drawbacks associated with R+R Medicinals, it’s that there’s a lack of background about the brand’s founders and mission. For buyers who like to connect with the individuals and vision behind a brand, this may represent a deterrent. For CBD purists, there are no CBD isolate products.
All Big Sky Botanical products are third-party tested for CBD and THC potency, and purity tested to check the presence of pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and other foreign contaminants. Consumers can easily access the lab results online by batch number via the “Lab Reports” link.
Big Sky Botanicals is a legal, authorized grower of organic Colorado hemp that’s farmed using regenerative practices. Their products are manufactured in a GMP-compliant facility, using a supercritical CO2 extraction method: a method that’s recognized as safe and clean. While the brand states that their hemp is organic, it’s not clear if it’s USDA organic certified.
Big Sky Botanicals offers a handful of products–eight to be exact. WIthin this curated range is a balm, tinctures, softgels, gummies, and a pet product.
Customer reviews suggest that there’s a high level of customer satisfaction associated with the brand’s products. The Big Sky Botanicals website offers a range of ways to ask questions and receive support from customer representatives.
Big Sky Botanicals is more expensive than comparable organic brands, with an average price point of $.13 per mg of CBD. There are a number of initiatives that allow consumers to save money, however–such as their referral program or subscription program.
The name Big Sky Botanicals likely refers to the open skies of Colorado, where the brand’s organic hemp is grown. Big Sky was founded by Brian Frank and Vince Arnone. Frank has experience in the nutritional supplements industry. One of the brand’s points of difference is their use of nanoemulsions. Nanotechnology allows CBD oil droplets to be extensively dispersed throughout liquid making them water soluble, enhancing bioavailability. Customers benefit by being able to take a lower dose due to higher absorption in the bloodstream, as the nano-emulsified droplets are spread across a larger surface area. All Big Sky Botanicals products are formulated in GMP compliant manufacturing sites, before being packaged and shipped all over the world–including Poland.
If you had to identify a drawback associated with the brand’s offering, it would likely be their limited range of products: at present, there’s only eight in total. While they cover the major bases for product type, you won’t find variation in CBD oil concentrations or flavors. They do, however, offer sample kits, which allow consumers to try out several different products in smaller sizes at once.
There’s not a lot of background information available about the Veritas founders or the team behind the company–but there is plentiful information supplied about their farming practices.
Veritas Farms are not USDA organic certified, but do state they use non-GMO, organic, regenerative farming practices. The brand extracts their CBD using ethanol as an extraction solvent.
Veritas Farms offers a wide array of products, including CBD tinctures, gummies, skin products, topicals, pet products, and capsules.
Veritas Farms offers friendly customer service. The online shopping experience is easy as the website is aesthetically engaging and it’s straightforward to find your way around.
Veritas Farm’s product prices average a higher price than comparable brands.. Their tinctures range from $0.10 to $0.12 per mg of CBD. Other brand’s CBD products typically fall into $0.05 to $0.10 per mg of CBD for tinctures. Veterans are eligible for discounts.
Veritas Farms are located in Pueblo, Colorado. The brand maintains a strong focus on sourcing local hemp, farming sustainably, and giving back to the community. They cultivate, process, and bottle all of their products on site, and have developed their own unique fertilizer designed to balance the local ecosystem in which their hemp plants are cultivated. The hemp is also grown with the support of natural pest deterrents such as bees, ladybirds, garlic and pepper, and is watered using water from the Rocky Mountains. Despite this strong local, sustainable focus, the brand ships to countries all over the world–including Poland. There’s an abundance of educational resources and blog pieces offering insights into CBD in general, dosage, and what distinguishes Veritas Farms from competitors.
While Veritas Farms states that it subjects all its products to third-party testing for potency and purity, the results are not readily accessible via the brand’s website. The brand’s CoA tab offers information about the testing process, but there are no uploads of third-party purity or potency tests. For consumers who like to connect with the vision behind a brand, the website also has very little information about the founders, or team who manage operations.
Naturecan publishes the exact potency for most products–but some lab reports have to be requested from customer service. Some products do not appear to be tested for purity.
All Naturecan hemp is grown in the USA under highly controlled conditions. The brand states that every finished product is third-party lab tested to ensure its safety and quality. It’s unclear from browsing the website whether their hemp is organically grown.
The brand offers a wide array of products, including balms, vape liquid, pet products, capsules, skincare and beauty products, and tinctures.
Naturecan offers numerous ways for customers to reach out and ask questions. The website is relatively easy to navigate, and there’s an abundance of information on their approach to growing and processing hemp for CBD.
Discounts are available to students. On the US site, Naturecan’s products range have an average price point of $0.14, which makes them pricier than comparable UK and US brands on the market.
Naturecan is a UK-based brand that uses US-grown hemp and ships to more than 20 countries around the world, including Poland. It’s easy to find information on the team behind Naturecan–the sheer number of individuals working for the brand are evidence of its global reach. The brand adheres to some environmental initiatives, such as participating in beach clean-ups, planting trees for each purchase made, donating to the World Land Trust, and maintaining a CO2 neutral website. Discounts are offered for those who sign up to their subscription model of purchase. If you appreciate having access to a diverse selection of CBD products, the UK Naturecan website has something for all tastes–diverse concentrations of CBD, snacks including brownies, cookies and nut butters, massage oils and more.
Third-party potency test results are readily available to consumers on the Naturecan website, but the certificates of analysis appear incomplete. Purity test results are provided for some products, but not all. While the website makes claims that their hemp is sustainably grown in highly regulated conditions, there’s little concrete information on whether regenerative farming practices are used, or if the hemp (and therefore CBD) is organic.
Polish CBD buyers have a diverse selection of CBD brands to choose from. The following list includes some of the world’s most reputable CBD brands from North America and Europe. If you’re unfamiliar with any of these brands and want to learn more about them, or access independent reviews, check out the Leafreport brand search tool.
CBD buyers are spoilt for choice in Poland. You can purchase CBD products from specialist CBD stores, alongside health and holistic medicine stores. In major cities such as Warsaw, buyers can browse a diverse range of products at CBD boutiques such as Cannabis Zen, Olej CBD, Mops Coffeeshop and Dr. Ziółko Cannabis Shop
Shopping for CBD in person can be fun and informative. Specialist CBD stores generally carry a range of products, and there are usually knowledgeable staff on hand who can offer advice. If you’re new to the world of CBD and unsure of what you’re looking for, shopping in person can be a helpful way to get to grips quickly with different products, formulations, concentrations, and delivery methods.
However, if you prefer to shop for CBD from the privacy and ease of your own home, online shopping offers an ideal alternative. Online shopping also allows the buyer to shop at their own pace, comparing brands and price points. Online shopping often means products are more competitively priced.
Regardless of whether you choose to purchase products in store or online, it’s critical to know how to evaluate the quality and safety of CBD products. Ensure all CBD products contain 0.2% THC or less to comply with Polish law. Check that the product has been third-party tested for purity and potency, and the corresponding certificates of analysis are available (the batch numbers on the certificates must match with the batch number on the product label).
If product provenance is important to you, you might also want to find out how the brand grows its hemp, and whether it’s farmed organically or regeneratively, free from pesticides or harmful chemicals.
Lastly, check out Leafreport’s brand search tool, where you can access extensive independent reviews about diverse CBD brands to help guide you in your choice.
Poland has very easy-to-follow rules around CBD. As long as you purchase products derived from fibrous hemp containing 0.2% THC or less, you’re unlikely to run into any problems. Unlike other European nations, a diverse array of CBD products can be legally purchased over the counter, including edibles and beverages. A number of highly reputable CBD brands ship to Poland, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for in stores, you’ll likely be able to find it from an online retailer.
Happy CBD shopping!