Is CBD Oil legal in UK?
The Home Office says that CBD contain a maximum THC content of 0.01% THC which is virtually untraceable. It’s the THC that’s present in the cannabis plant that gets you high. Although taken from the same plant, CBD oil should have a minimal, if any, amount of THC in it in order to be legal in the UK.
CBD is legal in the UK, however the CBD oil UK law states that the product has to meet certain criteria to be lawfully available for human consumption. CBD oil is extracted from hemp plants and, as it is a legal cannabinoid, can be sold in the UK as a novelty food. So the plain answer to ‘Is CBD Oil legal in UK?’ is YES!
The oil has been thought to have some medicinal properties but there have not been conclusive scientific studies on this.
So when your planning on purchasing any CBD such as CBD Creams you need to be sure you are sourcing them from a trusted website such as ourselves. We specialise in the finest CBD Creams in the UK which are lab tested.
CBD for personal usage
In 2016 the MHRA, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that CBD supplements, if they are shows or advertised in any way for these medical reasons they need to be licensed.
Licences for CBD oil as a medicine have not been granted in the UK but the supplements can still be sold as a Novel Food as long as claims are not made about their medical benefits.
What is a Novel Food?
A novel food is defined as any food that had not been consumed regularly by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997. Although humans have consumed hemp for much longer, hemp-derived CBD is a relatively new product.
Holland and Barrett sells some CBD oils as food supplements but do not advertise them for any health issues.
The oil that has been in the news recently due to its use by those with epilepsy is cannabis oil, which has a higher THC content, and so, unlike CBD oil, is not usually allowed in the UK.
As a result of the CBD explosion a few years ago there are now thousands of companies in the UK who sell CBD ranging from CBD Creams to Oils. Many People use CBD Cream for example and use it for a wide range of purposes by applying it to their joints and muscles.
- CBD flowers: The sale of ‘CBD Flowers’ and buds is prohibited even if THC is below 0.01% and from EU approved origin. This is because the general public or the government would find it difficult to tell the difference between the flowers at 0.01% or a higher THC content as it looks exactly the same. You would only tell the difference if you smoked it. This would open up a door of opportunities to people selling marijuana as we know it.