The psychoactive effect of THC in marijuana is what makes people using the drug feel intoxicated or ‘high’. While use of marijuana or cannabis in the UK is still illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell in the UK, the rules for CBD are vastly different – as long as certain criteria are followed.
Because CBD oils are derived from the hemp plant, which has a much lower prevalence of THC, purchasing food supplement products containing CBD from a reputable source is entirely legal, providing that the level of THC is no higher than 0.2%.
Can I legally purchase CBD oils in the UK?
You absolutely can. When sold and used as food supplements to support a healthy and balanced lifestyle, CBD oils can be purchased from high street retailers, health stores and online marketplaces.
While CBD oils taken using a dropper and placed under the tongue is the most common way of consuming CBD, you can also find a wide range of other CBD products; topical creams, edible treats, vapes and even CBD-infused pillows.
So, buying from my local store is the way to go?
Not always. Unlike our range of CBD oils where we specify the precise quantity in milligrams of CBD present, buying from the high street can see varying levels of CBD in their products despite what the brand may claim on the label.
These retailers are also likely to sell what’s known as broad-spectrum oils, which means they don’t contain any THC. While that appears good on the surface to be legally compliant, trace amounts of THC are needed to expand the health benefits of the oil. Our full-spectrum oils are well below the legal requirement of 0.2%, while keeping the best bits of the ingredient intact.
How is CBD regulated in the UK?
It’s not just the selling of CBD that has to fall within certain guidelines to remain legal. Manufacturing businesses involved in the production of CBD also need to adhere to quality control when it comes to the processes used to create CBD-based products.
For CBD to be legal in the UK, the hemp strain that it has been derived from must be EU-approved, or come from outside the EU and have less than 0.2% THC and less than 1mg THC per dose. CBD must not be confused with medical cannabis or cannabis oil which is a controlled drug (Class B Drug) in the UK.
Again, because of the large amount of high street and vape stores appearing across the UK selling CBD oils, it can be difficult to know whether these regulations are being carried out. It’s always best to consult your pharmacist or doctor before trying CBD, then purchasing from a respected online brand carrying a quality guarantee.
Am I allowed to drive when using CBD?
Because of the low levels of THC in CBD oils, you are legally able to drive while taking the supplements, as you won’t have any intoxicating effects that could dull your senses and awareness of what’s going on around you.
Particularly when taking CBD products for the first time, it’s recommended that you only drive once you are sure that the dose amount you’re taking daily is the correct amount to avoid any adverse side effects.