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Now you can buy CBD in pharmacies: benefits and available products

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In recent years, CBD products have gained popularity due to their potential therapeutic benefits, especially for treating muscle aches and pains caused by inflammation and fatigue. The high demand for cannabidiol products has consolidated its offer in pharmacies, where CBD creams and oils are already among the best-selling products in its range. But not everything is as simple as it seems, because there are products with CBD that you will not be able to find in pharmacies. In this post, we explain in detail whether you can buy CBD in pharmacies, what CBD products are offered, their availability and what are the important considerations before buying them.

What is CBD and why is it so popular?

The cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Its growing popularity is due to its potential to alleviate a variety of medical conditions, such as anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.

Although derived from cannabis, it is a completely legal product because it does not contain THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) and therefore has no narcotic properties, does not produce a high and does not alter mental perception.

Where is CBD obtained from?

CBD is extracted from hemp, a THC-free cannabis strain that is completely legal. Unlike marijuana, hemp contains very low levels of THC, making it safe and legal for use. If you want to go deeper into it, check out the post on the differences between hemp and marijuana.

CBD products available in pharmacies

CBD Oils

CBD oil has become one of the most sought after products in pharmacies due to CBD‘s sleeping properties. CBD oils have become popular for improving sleep and anxiety, and many people have found CBD drops to be the perfect natural alternative to enjoy a restful sleep.

In pharmacies you can find different types of CBD oil. They are usually presented in opaque glass bottles, with a dropper for easy dosage. CBD sleep oils can also incorporate other ingredients such as melatonin and cannabinol (CBN).

Pharmacist showing a CBD oil in a pharmacy in Spain.
Pharmacist showing CBD oil to a customer in a Spanish pharmacy.

Prices may vary depending on the CBD concentration of the oil, the composition and the brand. Its indicative price ranges from 15 to 120 euros, depending on the size and power of the product.

To use CBD oil for relaxing purposes, it is recommended to administer a few drops of CBD under the tongue. In this way, cannabidiol is rapidly absorbed and acts to promote personal well-being. However, you should know that, in many European countries including Spain, CBD is sold in pharmacies for topical use, because oral CBD is not allowed. Other countries, however, may consider selling CBD oil for oral use in pharmacies.

CBD creams for pain

CBD pain creams are topical products intended for sports or physiotherapy massages. These creams, which may also contain natural ingredients such as arnica and devil’s claw, are gaining popularity and availability in pharmacies, being one of the best sellers for pain relief.

Topical products such as balms and oils containing cannabidiol are also available in pharmacies. CBD ointment is a topical form of cannabidiol application designed to deliver a constant amount of CBD to the skin. It is used in cases of acne and certain conditions such as psoriasis, under professional advice.

CBD cosmetics

The cosmetics with CBD are becoming more and more popular. CBD interacts with the skin’s endocannabinoid system and has antioxidant properties, helping to restore the skin barrier to restore healthy-looking skin.

There is a wide range of cosmetics with CBD, including creams, lotions, body oils, lip balms, facial serums and masks. Its use is focused on dry skin care, providing hydration and soothing to the skin.

CBD Gummies

The availability of CBD gummies in pharmacies may vary depending on the specific legislation and regulations of each country or state. In some countries, these products are legal and available over-the-counter in stores, including pharmacies. These gummies contain CBD extract and, as with any CBD product, it is essential to read labels and know the amount of CBD in each gummy to determine the proper dosage for your needs.

This is not the case in Spain and most European countries, where the use of CBD in food, food supplements, capsules and supplements is not allowed. Therefore, in these countries you will find, in these countries, cannabis gummies (with hemp oil), without CBD and THC, totally legal.

CBD Medications

In Spain, there are only two approved drugs containing CBD: Epidiolex and Sativex. Epidiolex is used to treat certain types of epilepsy, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Sativex is a THC and CBD-based drug indicated to treat multiple sclerosis. A prescription is required to obtain both drugs.

Doubts and frequently asked questions about CBD in pharmacies

Is a prescription needed to buy CBD in pharmacies?

It depends on the product and the country. In general, you will only be able to obtain CBD medications such as Epidiolex or Sativex with a doctor’s prescription. However, you can buy CBD products in pharmacies and other establishments in Spain without a prescription, such as CBD oil or CBD pain creams. That is, CBD products intended for external use, which are not medicines and therefore can be purchased in parapharmacies. But, even so, in some European countries, CBD oils may be available only under medical prescription.

Can CBD be purchased in pharmacies?

Yes, CBD can be purchased in pharmacies, but in these establishments you will only find products for topical use, such as CBD oils and creams with cannabidiol. In Spain, the sale of oral CBD is not allowed, so no CBD capsules or pills for sleep or anxiety are sold in Spanish pharmacies (nor in most of Europe). If you are looking for CBD flowers or CBD hashish, these products are only available in CBD stores, because they are not legally intended for consumption.

Is it legal to sell CBD in pharmacies?

Yes, CBD products have a content of less than 0.2% THC, so they are completely legal. Several Pharmacists’ Associations in Spain have introduced courses on the use of cannabis products, and their presence in pharmacies is likely to increase.

Which pharmacies sell CBD drops?

In some pharmacies, you will only find CBD in the form of creams or cosmetics. Others, however, also sell CBD in the form of CBD drops, i.e. CBD oil. To make sure this is the case at your neighborhood pharmacy, the only way is to call or visit them and ask. Another option is to go to a CBD store, where they are sure to have CBD drops, or even easier, buy online from the comfort of home.

Is it possible to buy CBD pills in pharmacies?

You will not find CBD pills in pharmacies in Europe, including Spain. CBD and cannabidiol medicines are usually presented in the form of oil or oil capsules, as this way their absorption is higher than in tablets or pills.

Does CBD have side effects?

Possible side effects of CBD are rare and mild, such as diarrhea, nausea, decreased appetite or tiredness. These effects usually occur with high doses or in people susceptible to CBD.

Is CBD a medicine?

Yes and no: the therapeutic use of CBD is only approved to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The other uses for which CBD has become popular, including anxiety, pain management or sleep problems, are not officially authorized for these products, although there is research to support such applications. Therefore, over-the-counter (non-prescription) CBD products are parapharmacy products intended for topical use.

CBD products you won’t find in pharmacies

There are certain CBD products that you generally won’t find in pharmacies. Some of these include:

CBD Buds and Flowers

The CBD flowers are the most natural form of the cannabis plant with high cannabidiol and low THC content. These flowers are not usually sold in pharmacies, as they are considered collector’s items and are not intended for consumption.

CBD hashish

CBD hashish, resins and CBD cannabis concentrates are considered decorative or collector’s items and are not intended for consumption. There is also the CBD Vape Pen of liquid hashish, a natural hemp distillate without additives, ready to vape. Generally, these products are not sold in pharmacies and are found in specialized CBD or vape stores:

Vape liquids for electronic cigarettes

The E-liquids with CBD are designed to be vaporized with electronic cigarettes. These products are not usually available in pharmacies, as they are used for consumption through vaporization.


The vaporizers are advanced devices specifically designed to vaporize dried flowers, concentrates or resins. These products can be found in specialized CBD or vape stores, but are not common in pharmacies.

Benefits of CBD

CBD has gained popularity thanks to numerous studies that have highlighted its potential therapeutic benefits, including relief from muscle discomfort, pain, stress, anxiety and sleep problems. If you want to go deeper, we tell you all about it in our post about the benefits of CBD .

It is important to mention that, although studies have shown an enormous therapeutic potential of CBD, most products sold in pharmacies and parapharmacies are cosmetic and topical products, not medicines.

Where to buy CBD?

To buy all kinds of CBD products, without limitations, you can go to specialized CBD stores like Cannactiva. You can find them in our online CBD store or in the CBD store in Barcelona o CBD of Madrid . In addition, the availability of CBD products may vary by country and local regulations.

Pros and cons of buying CBD in pharmacies vs. online

When buying CBD, you have several options, such as pharmacies and online CBD stores. The price of CBD oil in pharmacies and in specialized CBD stores is the same. What you should pay attention to is that the establishments or stores have specialized attention in the use of CBD.

Also, while pharmacies offer a wide range of topical and cosmetic products with CBD, you should be aware that you will only find CBD flowers and CBD hashish in specialized CBD stores.

In short, at Cannactiva we are very happy that CBD is now available in pharmacies, which opens a new market and gives confidence to many new customers. We hope that more and more people will become aware of the properties and safety of cannabidiol, and that this will contribute to expanding knowledge about the potential of cannabis and its wellness benefits.

Before purchasing any CBD product at the pharmacy, it is essential to read labels and consult with the pharmaceutical staff to make sure you choose the most suitable option for your needs. Remember that CBD affects each person differently, so it is essential to find the dosage and method of use that best suits you to get the maximum benefits.

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