In all fairness, the CBD laws are confusing – some people believe it should be legal and others feel very differently.
Blessed CBD, a family operated business in the UK, is one of the online brands that has tasked itself with offering UK residents better CBD products than what is found on the high street, producing some of the best full spectrum oil tinctures, gummies, capsules and topical creams available on the UK market.
Is CBD oil legal in the UK?
But wait, there’s more.
According to the FSA’s regulations, all UK-based brands in the CBD industry must obtain a validated novel foods application and authorisation to remain in the market.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is illegal (under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971) and any CBD product being sold in the UK must derive from hemp plants with 0.2% trace amounts of THC content or less and under 1mg THC per dose.
The oil has been thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain relief and reducing anxiety, although there have not been conclusive scientific studies on this.
Industrial hemp can be used for things such as building materials and clothing.
Licences for CBD oil as a medicine have not been granted yet but the products can still be sold as long as claims are not made about their medical benefits.
Cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, which have different impacts on the body and are concentrated to different extents in certain parts of the plant.
The oil that has been in the news recently due to its use by those with epilepsy is cannabis oil, which has a higher THC content, and so, unlike CBD oil, is not usually allowed in the UK.
While almost all cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act, CBD – or cannabidiol as it is also known – is not.
The Home Office says that it can contain a maximum THC content of 0.2% and that the THC must not be easily separated from it.