Indonesia is different from its neighbours, and drug laws here are insanely strict, so make sure you put your research in in advance. But what about CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid? Is it legal to have CBD in Indonesia?
South-East Asia is the go to region for the ultimate hippy traveller, digital nomads, gap year students, and general long-haired wonderlings alike aim for this part of the world every year and many of them settle in for the long term after falling in love with the area.
Indonesia, specifically (but not exclusively) Bali is a properly popular spot with these travelling folk, but not necessarily for the same reasons as other countries close by.
While many go to Thailand to… let’s say experiment with some things, that isn’t the case with Indonesia, and for very good reason, the country has some of the strictest drug laws in the world.
Drug Law in Indonesia
While Thailand may be known for turning the other cheek, its neighbours do not have that attitude towards drugs of any kind, and Indonesia is perhaps the toughest of them all.
Everything classified as a drug or narcotic in Indonesia, which covers many drugs that are legal recreationally in other countries, are outlawed in the country and it is strongly recommended to not risk having anything like that on you.
This may seem like fear-mongering, but it really isn’t. The minimum punishment for those who are caught ‘trafficking’ anything that is derived from an illegal drug is a month in prison and tens of thousands in fines.
Is CBD Legal in Indonesia?
And then some, CBD is one of many derivatives of illegal drugs that are banned in the country under punishment of imprisonment, to say the least. We say that, because trafficking in Indonesia can result in life in prison or the death penalty. So, seriously, leave everything at home.
Drug law in Indonesia is strict, but also straightforward, and covers three categories.
Class 1 – Drugs with No Therapeutic Value – In the eyes of Indonesia law, this includes opium, heroin, cocaine, MDMA, hashish, and marijuana, and these drugs are classified as one level, so the punishments are the same across the board.
Class 2 – Drugs with Therapeutic Value but Addictive Properties – This covers the likes of morphine and oxycodone
Class 3 – Therapeutic Drugs with Less Addictive Properties – This includes codeine and dihydrocodeine
As a derivative of marijuana, CBD, whether it contains trace amounts of THC or not, is classified as a Class 1 drug in Indonesia. Being found in possession of it will land you in trouble, but if you’re found travelling through the airport with it, the punishment could be horrendous.
Every month there are stories of people being caught in Indonesian airports and held for drug trafficking for everything from a bottle of CBD cream, to medical marijuana, to a loose weed cookie, even to hemp oils.
When it comes to international drug law, which in this case covers CBD, Indonesia is an absolute zero policy country, and it’s important to remember that when travelling.
To ensure you’re not the next story of a traveller finding themselves in an Indonesian prison and down a huge amount of money, clear everything out of your bag that is medicinal in any way and isn’t necessary. If these things are necessary, you may still not be able to travel to Indonesia, a prescription will not make a difference under Indonesian law.
If you’re not sure what does and doesn’t qualify under the classification of illegal drugs and narcotics in Indonesia, the Bali Spirit website has a comprehensive list and a lot more information on the subject here.
Indonesia is a beautiful country, and one well worth visiting when you’re spending time in South East Asia, but when it comes to CBD, or anything similar, the best advice we have is it is not a risk worth taking, for any reason.
What’s your opinion on “Is CBD Legal in Indonesia?” Do you think it will change? Have you spent time in Indonesia? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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