CBD UK Law – The Big Changes
As always, we’re here to try and make sense of all the noise, and give a detailed, information, and plain explanation of CBD UK law.
It’s not going to be easy, because even we have to admit it’s pretty confusing, but we’re feeling confident today, and we’re going to go for it!
For the most part, CBD laws in the UK follow the laws in the rest of the EU, where CBD is classified as a novel food.
Novel food, in this situation, means food that was not consumed before May 15th, 1997, which is an odd way to define anything, but it’s what we have.
Novel foods must not pose any risk to public health or safety, not be misleading, and not be nutritionally deficient, and the EU is content that CBD edible products tick all these boxes.
All CBD products produced and sold within the EU must be taken from industrial hemp plants produced by seeds that have been approved by the EU, meaning, amongst other things, that they cannot have a THC content higher than 0.2% (not enough to get you high).
As a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, CBD is not given the same restrictions as THC, so it is, in essence, legal.
UK CBD Law
With Brexit looming, it’s important to know what the legal attitude towards CBD is for the UK government. At the time of writing, we are days away from a general election in the UK, and a few months away from the expected Brexit date, so things may change, and this article will be updated if and when they are.
Many sources say that CBD is legal in the UK as long as there is zero THC content, this isn’t actually true, UK law echoes that of the EU, with THC being a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, only trace amounts (0.2% or less) are allowed to be present in CBD products.
CBD is not listed under the aforementioned Misuse of Drugs Act, but cannabis is, causing some confusion for people.
Cannabis refers to the marijuana plant in this case, which is high in THC and low in CBD, with CBD coming from industrial hemp plants (as stated above) CBD products don’t classify as cannabis products.
When it goes away from edible products, things get a bit more confusing. As CBD is mainly classified under the Novel Foods definition as explained above.
This definition covers oils, capsules, sprays, gummies, coffee, tea, and anything else you consume orally, but there is still some confusion when it comes to dry flower, creams, and other non-edible items.
CBD UK Law Self-Regulation
With limited regulation on CBD in the UK, there have been concerns for a long time, with 62% of high street CBD products being found to not contain what they said they did.
However, with regulation from the government being limited, the industry has started to regulate itself.
The Centre for Medical Cannabis (CMC) who carried out the tests mentioned at the beginning of this section, has taken the lead, and are working with suppliers to create a fairer and more honest attitude towards CBD.
We at Plant & Hemp welcome these changes, transparency and honesty have always been our thing, and we can’t wait to see this become more common across the industry.
So yes, CBD is legal in the UK, and it looks likely to stay that way. But if the laws around CBD products change, for any reason, we’ll tell you right away!