There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the legality of CBD given its apparent relation to the marijuana/cannabis plant. CBD is sourced from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. Given its low THC content, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. There are legal requirements CBD products must meet for sale in the UK, such as containing less than 0.2% THC and less than 1mg of THC per dose. As long as sellers meet all these requirements, CBD is 100% legal in the UK.
These legal requirements ensure sellers sell high quality CBD so that you receive the best CBD oil in the UK. Further, by March 2021, all CBD retailers and suppliers must have applied for a ‘novel food’ license for their products. The increasing number of regulations are for the safety of consumers and for ensuring that UK brands offer legitimate CBD products that meet high quality and safety standards.
Research that has been undertaken and feedback from consumers suggest that CBD can be effective in helping users with day-to-day issues they may face. Customers report that it has helped with sleep, anxiety and chronic pain. However, it is very important that no medical benefits are guaranteed by sellers marketing CBD products. According to the FSA (Food Standards Agency) CBD should be advertised and sold as a food supplement. As research continues, this may change if these claims are supported with further scientific evidence.
CBD in its pure form, known as an ‘isolate’, is not a controlled substance in the UK. If other cannabinoids are present such as THC, which you’ll find small amounts of in full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products, an import license may be required when importing the goods from abroad.
On the whole, the growing popularity of CBD and its benefits mean more items are appearing on shelves and you’ll see plenty more retailers appearing online. This, combined with further research and tighter rules and regulations, will ensure consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of CBD.
It’s important to note when purchasing CBD online, whether it be oil, gummies, balms or even CBD for your pets, suppliers should be recognised in the industry and their manufacturing processes should reflect this.