Is CBD legal?
There is often a lot of confusion around the legality of CBD and cannabis in the UK, but CBD is completely legal.
Much of the confusion is due to the fact that there are many different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and the majority are listed as controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 strictly prohibits the use of THC and its inclusion in any CBD products. THC is psychoactive and causes the ‘high’, altering judgement and movement. As such, the rules allow CBD but only as long as it doesn’t contain any more than 0.2 per cent THC. If the CBD product exceeds this amount, it technically breaks the rules and is an illegal substance.
Cannabis has a long history and was previously made illegal in 1928 when an Egyptian delegate convinced key members of an international drugs conference that it was potentially a threat to society and could be as dangerous as opium. It then took until 1968 for it to be studied in the UK once again, with the Home Office’s Wootton Report concluding that there was no evidence that the use of cannabis could lead to the need for serious medical attention or the user acting aggressively or anti-socially. To this day, cannabis is illegal in the UK, but CBD oil and products that are hemp-infused are a component of the cannabis plant that are allowed under specific guidelines.
CBD is approved by the EU and carries no negative implications in regards to UK law. This allows the opportunity for the potential benefits of CBD to be experienced by many people. While research is still ongoing and is yet to confirm CBD's properties, CBD is legal in the UK and many people have begun to incorporate CBD into their daily wellness routines and rituals.
Are CBD products legal?
Providing a CBD product doesn’t include traces of THC that exceed 0.2 per cent, it should be perfectly legal and in line with the requirements set by UK legislation.
CBD products haven’t yet received a licence from the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), so they’re not recognised as medicine. Instead, CBD products are licenced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as a ‘novel food’. Novel foods are edible products that weren’t widely consumed by people in the UK and Europe prior to May 1997, such as chia seeds or probiotic bacteria.
When choosing which CBD product to try, we recommend having a look into the brand to double check that all of their products follow all of the regulations. For example, at TRIP, all products are created in line with UK legislation and are third party tested to ensure this!