CBD Oil & UK Law

Leah Murphy

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What does current UK law have to say regarding CBD oil, hemp and cannabis? What is legal, what is illegal and what lies in the grey area between?
 
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Eshaal

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Thank you Leah for asking a very important question.

Well, i researched about it and then find out that CBD oil is legal – at least as long as the CBD oil is made using an approved EU strain. There are roughly 50 of these approved strains, which have been chosen according to their low THC content.

CBD oil is legal in the UK because hemp is legal in the UK. After all, I can walk into my local Tesco and buy hemp seed oil, so why shouldn’t I be able to buy CBD oil from an online store?
 
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Leah Murphy

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Thank you @Eshaal , you come up instantly once i feel any confusion regarding the CBD oil usage

Well i asked it coz i recently have come ti know that its illegal to buy it in UK. So i thought to post a question here as all members of this forum are very cooperative and always comes up with authenticated sources while replying!
Thanks again :)

Thank you Leah for asking a very important question.

Well, i researched about it and then find out that CBD oil is legal – at least as long as the CBD oil is made using an approved EU strain. There are roughly 50 of these approved strains, which have been chosen according to their low THC content.

CBD oil is legal in the UK because hemp is legal in the UK. After all, I can walk into my local Tesco and buy hemp seed oil, so why shouldn’t I be able to buy CBD oil from an online store?
 
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Eshaal

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You are always welcome.. we all are here to help out each other with any queries. Well below is the complete details regarding the legislation of CBD oil in UK:



CBD legislation in the UK is still a bit of a grey area. The common view is that 0.2% THC in the full spectrum CBD oil is acceptable. In reality 0.2% THC limit applies for growers of the Hemp plant who are still require low THC hemp growing license. If you sells CBD in the UK, the recommendation is to have a non detectable THC level in the product at the level of 0.01% THC which is board spectrum or isolate based oils. Unfortunately both board spectrum oils and isolates are considerably less effective vs full spectrum oils as THC removal process also reduces other useful cannabinoids.

The legislation for THC limits in CBD products are not exactly explicit but Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, 2001 and 2010 law specify the conditions for which THC is allowed:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/3998/regulation/2/made

Specifically, under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, ‘exempt product’ status allows for under certain conditions the presence of no more than 1 mg of THC per pack in any given CBD product. The tricky part is to meet this condition reliably with most labs can not reliably detect 1 mg THC level. 1mg of THC in 10ml container would correspond to about 0.01% THC level. Therefore the recommendation for sellers is to verify that the CBD oil contains no THC (or ‘not detected’) using an accredited lab running THC test with a limit of detection at 0.01% or lower. Unfortunately this interpretation limits UK customers from more effective full spectrum CBD oil with THC level of 0.2% This is really sad, as THC level of 0.2% can not get anybody high and considered non psychoactive. For example Switzerland adopted 5 times higher limit of 1% THC and you still would not get high from that level of THC in the CBD oil.

Home Office CBD fact-sheet:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/757786/factsheet-cannabis-cbd-and-cannabinoids-v1-3-2018.pdf

At the moment many UK sellers are getting their Full Spectrum shipments stuck at Border Force customs.

In summary there are no strict requirements apply for importing CBD into the UK provided THC is not detected by the Border Force at the border. Not detected’ means no THC at 0.01% as verified by accredited ISO lab. Selling CBD: no need to have a license to sell CBD in the UK provided THC is not detected.

Hope it will help you😊

Thank you @Eshaal , you come up instantly once i feel any confusion regarding the CBD oil usage

Well i asked it coz i recently have come ti know that its illegal to buy it in UK. So i thought to post a question here as all members of this forum are very cooperative and always comes up with authenticated sources while replying!
Thanks again :)
 

Fred Dorcey

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I agree that there are still a lot of clarifications needed and grey areas on the current CBD and THC-related legislation. But with the current influx of inquiries and interests from people, law makers can definitely hear the outcry. It's just a matter of time, I think.
 
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