CBD is neither an illegal drug nor a medicine, which is why a lot of work is needed to educate people about what CBD is and how it can be used to support a healthy lifestyle . CBD is widely available in shops throughout the UK, but the rise of gimmicky, untrustworthy and ineffective products has led some people to be sceptical about its efficacy and legality.
Some countries treat all varieties of cannabis-based products as a banned substance, so it’s worth checking before you travel. As research into CBD is ongoing, legislation is working hard to keep up. If you plan to travel with CBD oil, check the country you are travelling to permits it, and also that any countries you pass through in transit.
Is CBD Oil Legal In The UK?
CBD oil is only legal in the UK if it is made from certain approved strains which contain less than 0.2% THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol in the growing plant. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that is responsible for the “high”.
The legality of CBD oil depends on many factors. This is why it is important to only purchase CBD oil from a reputable source. CBD One provide peace of mind that you are buying an exceptionally high quality, legal products. We always verify our products with a certificate of analysis, which means you can see the confirmed contents.
Like THC, CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining balance within the body. The endocannabinoid system is a network of millions of receptor pathways in the body.
“The hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.) contains a number of cannabinoids and the most common ones are as follows: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), its precursor in hemp, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (Δ9-THCA-A), delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid B (Δ9-THCA-B), delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), cannabidiol (CBD), its precursor in hemp cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (Δ9-THCV). Without prejudice to the information provided in the novel food catalogue for the entry relating to Cannabis sativa L., extracts of Cannabis sativa L. and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered novel foods as a history of consumption has not been demonstrated. This applies to both the extracts themselves and any products to which they are added as an ingredient (such as hemp seed oil). This also applies to extracts of other plants containing cannabinoids. Synthetically obtained cannabinoids are considered as novel”
The EU keeps a list of all novel foods in a searchable database. Cannabidiol is listed under ‘cannabinoids’ and has been assigned a status:
Historically, Industrial hemp has been cultivated for its fibre for use in clothing, paper and construction. More recently, in part due to a better understanding of its safety and therapeutic properties, industrial hemp is grown to make CBD for use in food, food supplements and vape products.
The Novel Food Regulation
CBD is legal in the UK. But the picture is more complicated than that – here, we look at all the UK laws and regulations surrounding this remarkable compound.
Read about the position of the Food Standards Agency (UK authority) in the section ‘Food Standards Agency and CBD’ below.
The Novel Food Regulation has to be applied directly to all Member States without deviation from its laws. In this way it is unlike a Directive, for example the Tobacco Products Directive, in which States can deviate from the rules to some extent.
However, the authorities did not find ‘a history of consumption’ of cannabinoids before May 15, 1997 and so, according to novel food regulation, a novel food application is required.