Putting your mind at ease over the not so controversial world of CBD!
For so long there has been a lingering stigma attached to CBD oils and all of their associated products. And it’s this stigma that has stopped so many people from taking CBD, who could have otherwise benefitted enormously from it.
The question: Is CBD oil legal in the UK? will be answered fully in this article, we aim to fully set your mind at ease if you still aren’t sure about CBD, its legality, and the stigma surrounding it.
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1. Is CBD oil Legal?
The short answer – yes, yes – 1000x yes!
CBD products, including CBD oils of different strengths, are entirely legal in the UK. Like anything, however, they do have to abide by legal requirements. These dictate how they can be produced, advertised, and sold. It wasn’t until the last couple of years however that regulation on CBD products was enforced – and we couldn’t have welcomed it any sooner!
5. Cannabis (THC) is Still Illegal – For Now…
Cannabis (Marijuana) is a variant of the cannabis plant. Specifically grown to have higher levels of the cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is the THC found in the cannabis plant that affects the brain and gets you high or stoned. But what most people don’t know is that there are over 120 different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, one of them being cannabidiol, AKA CBD.
So, it is the THC within the plant that is responsible for cannabis finding its way onto the list of Class B, illegal drugs currently in the UK. The caveat to this is that CBD products containing less than 0.2% THC content are also legal because they are unable to produce any psychoactive effect.
The penalties for possessing cannabis can land you with up to 5 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. However, the most likely consequence of being found to have cannabis (marijuana) for personal use on you is confiscation and an on-the-spot £90 fine. Supplying or producing cannabis for supply is still considered a more serious offense, and can lead to a prison sentence of up to 14 years. This is also true for unregulated hemp growth in the UK, as bizarrely the law currently makes no distinction between hemp, cannabis or marijuana plants.
CBD in Europe
Other European nations are beginning to legalise or decriminalise its use too. Perhaps the most famous of all for cannabis is the Netherlands approach to cannabis use in cities such as Amsterdam. In Spain and Italy also, it is legal to grow and consume cannabis within the privacy of your own home. Other countries like Germany minimising action taken against people consuming cannabis for personal use. Portugal has gone one step further than most and decriminalised almost all drug use of any kind!
Many commentators and activists suspect that the UK will follow the example being set by other countries around the world. Most believe that cannabis use will continue to be slowly decriminalised, as its use and popularity grow. Again, the answer to the question: ” Is CBD oil legal in the UK?” is YES
However, in the UK and across the EU, there are only two types of synthetic cannabis-based medicines available, which are Epidyolex and Sativex. These are used in the UK for a very select group of conditions including rare forms of epilepsy and their use is tightly regulated. Natural, medicinal cannabis in its raw plant form is not available or legal for medical use at all in the UK or in the EU.
Where legality is concerned, the most important difference between CBD and medicinal cannabis products is in the THC content. For example, Sativex contains a mixture of 1 part CBD to 1 part THC. Because the THC content of these 2 medications is much higher than the >0.2% found in some CBD products, it’s only available on prescription.