CBD can now be found in a range of products in high street stores, from vape liquid to “sweets, creams and even sexual lubricants”, says ITV News.
However, CBD is an exception and is completely legal in the UK, “provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved”, or comes from outside the EU.
Cannabidiol has entered the mainstream, but effects are unclear
The medical effects of CBD aside, “in many cases, the industry is taking consumers for a ride”, says Mike Power in The Guardian. He cites lab tests commissioned by the think tank Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) which analysed high-street offerings and found that more than half of the most popular CBD oils sold do not contain the level of CBD promised on the label.
As Business Matters notes, there is currently “a great deal of confusion around CBD oil UK law”, with the vast majority of cannabinoids listed as controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD is found in the cannabis plant. But unlike THC – the ingredient that makes cannabis users high – CBD has no psychoactive effect.
CBD is legal, although there are many laws and regulations around the compound. The regulations are currently evolving and changing as CBD becomes more popular and the potential benefits come to light. This is an ever changing landscape and the legal status of CBD will develop over the time.
CBD is still a new topic for a lot of people and it can be often overlooked. CBD is from the cannabis plant and is often wrongly associated with its brother THC, which is illegal in the UK and the part of the plant that gets you ‘high’. With a bit of clarification around the topic you will understand more about CBD and its laws in the UK.
Our company founders Dom and George incorporated CBD into their daily routine during their high flying rugby careers, both playing premiership and international rugby. They used CBD to manage the symptoms caused by their physical rugby careers. Just like Dom and George, lots of our customers are adding CBD into their lifestyle with amazing results.
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This has led to people believing they can grow their own cannabis/hemp for CBD use. It’s actually illegal to grow your own cannabis/hemp in the UK and there are a few strict regulations:
CBD is a compound that comes from the Sativa cannabis plant.here are two main classifications of cannabis plants depending on their compound contents, these are called Hemp and Marijuana.
Marijuana – Marijuana is a variety of cannabis that contains more than 0.2% of the compound THC. This intoxicating cannabinoid can Create a euphoric effect known as being ‘high’. This classification of the Sativa cannabis plant is illegal in the UK.
All can be treated, claim the snake oil salesmen of the modern wild west, with the miracle cure-all: CBD, or cannabidiol. It’s one of the 119 cannabinoids contained in cannabis sativa, indica and ruderalis, and all hybrids thereof; aka weed. CBD is legal and doesn’t get you high – still-illegal cannabinoid THC does that job very efficiently – but it’s fair to say business is blazing.
Still, mislabelled or low-dose products pale into insignificance when compared to a US case reported in the journal Clinical Toxicology in April. A family unwittingly dosed their child with what was claimed to be CBD oil, but instead contained the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist AB-Fubinaca. This chemical is better known as an ingredient in the shortcut to oblivion otherwise known as spice.
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What a giddy array of products there are: from CBD water (sold in clear bottles that mean the sensitive compound swiftly degrades), to cooking or massage oils, pills, chewing gum, transdermal patches, pessaries, gin, beer and lube. The crown for silliest CBD product of the year, however, belongs indisputably to the CBD-infused pillowcases sold by one hopeful firm of US fabric-makers. Yoga classes offering CBD-assisted asanas and guided meditation have sprung up, with devotees claiming greater flexibility and elevated mood.
‘What a giddy array of products there are: from CBD water to cooking or massage oils, pills, chewing gum, transdermal patches, pessaries, gin, beer and lube.’ Photograph: MediaWorldImages/Alamy Stock Photo