In simplest terms, CBD oil is legal in both the USA and the UK, as well as in many other countries around the world. But, as you’d probably expect, this legality is not free of red tape.
It is fair to say the UK law around CBD is confusing, in fact, that is probably a kind way to describe it.
Most cannabinoids are listed as controlled substances under the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act, but there is an exception for CBD, sort of.
CBD is legal in the UK as long as it is derived from an EU-approved industrial hemp strain, these are strains that contain very little THC, if any at all.
Of course, like with any UK law that has the EU attached to it, this may be thrown into complete disarray after Brexit, but like with every other aspect of Brexit, we don’t know what that means yet!
All that is important to know for now, is that buying CBD in the UK is completely legal as long as it is done through the correct channels. Any CBD oil with a THC level less than the EU maximum (0.2%) is fine to buy, so be sure to check, but as long as you do, you’ll be fine.
When it comes to what you use CBD oil for, that is entirely up to you, but when it comes to what we can tell you, things get complicated again.
While the World Health Organisation has released extensive research into the possible benefits of CBD on various medical conditions, we are not allowed to tell you what it has or hasn’t been proven (to some extent) to assist with.
We can tell you about the research, and we will, in detail, in other articles on this site, but we cannot tell you directly that CBD oil may help with a certain condition. However, we also do not have the ability to prevent you from Googling the letters CBD along with a variety of health conditions and drawing your own conclusions from the plethora of resources that are available.
In the US, the laws stating if CBD is legal are actually very similar to those in the UK, but this is somewhat coincidental and can change from state to state.
CBD derived from hemp is legal in all US states as a result of the Farm Bill signed by President Trump in 2018. As in the UK, this covered CBD products with less than 0.2% THC content.
This is the base level; no state will (or indeed can) have a law stricter than this federal stance. However, as you are probably aware, cannabis laws are different from state to state, with medical marijuana legal in 33 US states, and recreational marijuana use legal in 10 states and Washington DC.
The medical properties of marijuana as a whole are treated with different attitudes in different states, and CBD oils fall into this same category. Again, this means we are limited in what we can tell you directly, but again, we are not responsible for your Google searches.
The Future, Will CBD Oil Stay Legal?
The truth is, nobody can truly know for sure what will happen next. But what we can know, is what way the world is trending.
In the UK, and especially in the US, the stigma around Cannabis is starting to lift, and this makes it easier for the differences between CBD and THC to be considered.
While there will always be people who react to the word cannabis in the same way, relating everything to the stereotypes they have of the average pot smoker, the plausible benefits of CBD are becoming increasingly debated by governments and health organisations around the world.
The CBD industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing in the coming years, so it is fair to assume that the legality CBD products is not going to be diminished in the future.
All that you need to be aware of at this point, is that the purchase of CBD oils is 100% legal in both the UK and the US as long as you use a trusted supplier (nudge nudge, wink wink).
As long as the products you are buying comply with the regulations of your country or state (which ours do, obviously) then you have nothing to worry about.
If you want to have your say on the legality and availability of CBD in the UK, sign the petition here.