Is CBD oil legal in the UK?


Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a natural product derived from the cannabis plant and mixed with a carrier agent like hemp seed oil or coconut oil to create a product that has many benefits for its users.

Unlike recreational marijuana, which includes the psychoactive compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil does not produce any form of high sensation. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and THC is just one of them, with this oil having completely different impacts on the human body.

Many people use this kind of product for a range of ailments including migraines and other severe pain along with the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. It has been known to help sufferers of epileptic seizures, ease people off opioid addictions and treat a range of conditions including PTSD and arthritis.

It can also be used as a food supplement to help boost the immune system, which makes CBD oil a versatile product that many people are turning to as a natural way to stay healthy and manage conditions.

In the United Kingdom, most cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant are controlled drugs and are classified as such under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, so is CBD oil legal to buy, sell and consume in the UK?

You are allowed to freely purchase and consume CBD oil

While there is still plenty of mainstream confusion over the legality of CBD oil (largely because most other cannabinoids are not legal), the substance is not included under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is legal to buy, sell and consume in the UK.

But there are conditions. Firstly, the CBD has to be derived from a hemp strain that has EU approval so home manufacturing of this product remains illegal. Secondly, it cannot contain any THC.

That is where some of the confusion has come from as Cannabis oil, which does contain THC and can produce a high, is not legal in the UK.

There have also been some recent exemptions including the exemptions given to Sativex, which is 50 per cent Cannabidiol and 50 per cent THC which has been allowed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. In November 2018, specialist clinicians became allowed to sell cannabis-derived medicinal products as well. And medical cannabis is permitted to be prescribed if no other medicines will meet a patient's need.

Because of all of these different rules and regulations surrounding the sale of parts of the Cannabis plant, it is easy to understand why there has been widespread confusion.

But the simple facts are:

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is:
  • completely legal to buy and sell in the UK as long as the hemp strain is authorised by the EU
  • contains no THC so there is no high
  • exempt from the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

So that means you are free to browse the V&YOU range of CBD products and legally purchase these products right here in the UK.

Please note that this blog is intended for general information only, and not in place of medical advice.

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