Is CBD oil legal in the U.K.?

Is CBD oil legal in the U.K.?

CBD is legal in the UK, but strict guidelines exist regarding CBD law. The primary requirement is that CBD should contain less than 0.2% THC as THC is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Additionally, CBD should be derived from an industrial hemp strain that is approved by the UK. While this may seem simple, there are several intricacies to consider once you delve deeper into the topic.

CBD regulation in the UK

Cannabis is a class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, although CBD is not listed under cannabis. This has resulted in some confusion.

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 producers must receive a license from the UK Home Office
  • To sell CBD you need to be a licensed medical distributor or sell the product as a nutritional supplement.
  • CBD products must be properly labelled in accordance with Food Supplement Regulations 2003
  • CBD Cosmetics require Cosmetic Product Safety Report
  • CBD Vape Products should be in line with non nicotine e liquid regulations
  • The sale of CBD flowers and buds is illegal even if the THC content is below 0.2% (unless prescribed by a private medical cannabis clinic).

CBD & novel foods

Since February 2020, any food or drink products containing CBD require a Novel Food Application. These products are classified as novel foods and therefore require pre-market authorization. Manufacturers who wish to produce food or drink items containing CBD must apply for authorization.

Some examples of CBD Novel Foods include:

  • CBD oils, capsules, and sprays
  • CBD gummies, mints, and sweets
  • CBD-infused drinks such as teas, coffee, beer, and soft drinks
  • CBD snacks
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