CBD Oil is Completely Legal in the UK
In 2016 MHRA government advisers made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil after they agreed that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on people.
CBD oil is completely legal to buy and sell in the UK, subject to some rules and restrictions for retailers and manufacturers.
At the end of July 2018, the UK Government recognised the medicinal value in cannabis. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said; “Having been moved by heart-breaking cases involving sick children, it was important to me that we took swift action to help those who can benefit from medicinal cannabis.”
Specialist doctors have been allowed to prescribe cannabis-based medicines since changes to the law in November 2018. This change to the law means that the UK joins some 31 US states and 40 other nations that have already made the medicinal use of cannabis legal.
The 2018 regulations define cannabis-based products as being “a preparation or product which contains cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol or a cannabinol derivative that is produced for medicinal use in humans, and is a medicinal product, or a substance or preparation for use as an ingredient of, or in the production of an ingredient of, a medicinal product.”
Not all Are Equal – CBD is Not the Same Thing as THC
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds found hemp plants, and is extracted using a distillation process to turn it into oil. It is a different compound to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in cannabis that causes feelings of euphoria. THC remains illegal in the UK.
CBD, by stark contrast, is a non-psychoactive compound and contains only minute traces of THC. Because CBD does not stimulate the psychoactive receptors (CB1 and CB2), it is not possible for users to get ‘high’ in any way. It is therefore legal in the UK under certain conditions.
What Types of CBD Oil are Legal?
CBD is legal to buy and sell in the UK, as long as it is derived from one of the 63 industrial hemp strains that have been EU-approved. To be legal for sale in the UK, it must not contain more than 0.2% of the illegal and psychoactive THC compound, which must not be easily separated from the CBD oil.
The usage of CBD is growing. 300,000 people in the UK and millions of people worldwide are thought to take CBD oil because it allows them to legally experience a range of health benefits without any mental impairment.
Restrictions on CBD Retailers
At this time in the UK, manufacturers and retailers are not currently allowed to make claims regarding any medical benefits that CBD might have. However, a quick Google search will give you a good indication of both CBD oil’s growing popularity and the anecdotal health benefits that many are claiming to have gained from taking it.
Research studies are underway about the potential health benefits that CBD may have when isolated from the rest of the hemp plant. So far, the results are promising.
Regulations are Relaxing Around the World
Regulations around the world are also relaxing too. As well as CBD being legal in the UK and many parts of Europe, in the USA, the Farm Bill became legislation in late 2018, meaning that licensed farmers can now grow and transport hemp for the first time since the 1930s.
With the change in law last year and with other nations following suit, it seems that CBD oil is hitting the mainstream in a big way and we hope it is here to stay.
OK CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or malady. They are not to be used by persons under the age of 18, during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. If in doubt, check with your GP before taking CBD oil.