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.