Is CBD Oil Legal in The United Kingdom?


CBD products have been legal in the United Kingdom for some time now. However, due to their obvious and warranted association with cannabis, which is a controlled substance under the misuse of drugs act, some consumers are still uncertain when it comes to the legal status of CBD. This may come as a surprise, seeing as CBD is seemingly available to purchase everywhere, from online shops to major high street retailers. Nonetheless, consumers are still dubious. . . but why?

CBD Businesses Being Shut Down

One of the major factors driving this ongoing confusion is the sheer number of CBD and 'legal cannabis' businesses that are being shut down in the UK. In recent years, hordes of entrepreneurs have rushed towards the cannabis industry hoping to make money by selling a product that they feel passionately towards. A 'green rush' of sorts. Some of these entrepreneurs have done very well, whilst others are being shut down and handed criminal convictions. The reason for this is very simple - they have misunderstood the law.

Less Than 0.2% THC

There is a common misconception that you can legally buy and sell any type of CBD product (oils, edibles, flowers etc.) so long as the THC content is less than 0.2%. Some businesses even claim that they were given this exact information by the home office. However, what many businesses and consumers misunderstand is that these are the regulations that govern the farming and processing of industrial hemp - a type of cannabis with an extremely low THC content that is grown for food, oils, rope and various other products.

However, when it comes to the sale of products in the UK such as CBD oils, capsules and other products, the amount of THC permitted falls under the Misuse of Drugs Act, because THC is a controlled substance in the United Kingdom. Therefore, the legal limit for THC in such products is a maximum of 1mg per product.

Once understood, it becomes easy to see why so many CBD businesses are being shut down and why consumers are still confused as to the legality of CBD. The businesses that have been shut down have been unknowingly breaking the law by selling product with more than 1mg of THC per product (or they sold CBD flowers). Interestingly, this '0.2% THC is OK' message is still being communicated by businesses and media publications all over the UK. Even organisations such as the BBC are sharing this incorrect information.

So is CBD Legal in The UK or Not?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a controlled substance in the United Kingdom. Therefore, supplements such CBD oils and capsules are legal in the UK. As are other CBD products such as vapes and cosmetics. However, due to the way many CBD products are produced, there may be some residual THC in the product. This is legal providing it is under 1mg.

As it stands currently 'CBD Flowers', even with zero THC, are illegal in the United Kingdom.

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