Is CBD Legal in the UK?

Is CBD Legal in the UK?

It’s one of the most common questions we’re asked, so we thought we’d put together this blog to answer the query and shine a light on the stigma for anyone who’s just begun exploring CBD and it’s benefits.

CBD started it's life with a confused identity. It was often thought of as a chemical compound, just like THC that produces mind altering effects and addiction. With more rigorous research, scientists found out that CBD and THC are related but are, in fact, poles apart.

CBD is safer with no psychoactive or addictive effects and possesses incredible anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can be used as a natural therapy for many health issues. The European Union also reconsidered the status of CBD and legalised its uses as long as it contains a minimum amount of THC.


CBD regulations in UK

In the UK, the legal status of CBD (cannabidiol) is clear, but it's important to understand the regulations surrounding its use and the types of CBD products that can be purchased. So here's an overview of how things currently stand in the UK as of May 2023:

CBD is legal in the UK, provided it meets certain criteria. It must be derived from an industrial hemp strain approved by the EU and contain less than 0.2% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD products meeting these requirements are considered legal for sale, possession, and use.

There is a wide range of CBD products available in the UK market. These include CBD oils, capsules, edibles (such as gummies and chocolates), topicals (creams and balms), vape liquids, and more. It's essential to choose products from reputable manufacturers who can provide lab testing results and adhere to exceptionally high quality standards.

CBD products in the UK must contain less than 0.2% THC to comply with UK CBD legal regulations. This ensures they do not have psychoactive effects or cause a "high”.

However, it's crucial to note that even trace amounts of THC may show up in drug tests.

As of 31st March 2021, CBD products intended for consumption (such as oils and edibles) are subject to Novel Food Application in the UK. This means that businesses must apply for authorisation before selling these products. However, products already on the market before this date can continue to be sold while awaiting approval.

CBD Capsule Tablet with leaf

Consumer Safety

To ensure safety and quality, it is advisable to purchase CBD products from reputable sellers who provide clear labelling, third-party lab testing, and detailed product information. This helps ensure that the CBD content is accurate, the product is free from contaminants and complies with UK CBD legal requirements.

Here are some of the CBD products commonly found in the UK market:

CBD Oils

CBD oils are versatile and can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food and beverages. Oils can come in a variety of strengths, flavours and types (raw/refined) so you have lots of options.

CBD Capsules

CBD capsules contain CBD oil in a convenient capsule form. They are pre-dosed, making them easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles come in various forms, including gummies, chocolates, and lollipops. Edibles make for a discreet way to explore the benefits of CBD.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals include creams, lotions, balms, patches and salves that are applied directly onto the skin.

CBD Vape Liquids

CBD vape liquids are designed for use with reusable, refillable vaporisers or e-cigarettes. Vaping is a popular method for those seeking immediate effects, and as the e-liquids are nicotine free, they can aid in quitting smoking.

CBD Disposable Vapes

CBD Vapes can come in a disposable form, which is often flavoured and low cost. Although a convenient option, due to their disposable nature, they are beginning to become less popular with customers who are conscious about sustainability and the environment.

CBD Pet Products 

CBD products formulated for pets, such as oils and treats, are also available in the UK however, the effects and benefits of CBD in pets is a very under-researched topic so we would always advise seeking veterinary advice before administering any form of CBD to your pets.

CBD as a compound, alongside its uses, benefits and side effects is still very novel. So it’s important to remember that CBD laws are being constantly reviewed with new research and more products coming into the UK CBD market. 

As regulations may evolve, it's recommended to stay updated with the latest guidelines and consult official sources or legal professionals for specific queries regarding CBD legality in the UK.

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