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Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK in 2021? CBD Oil UK Law Explained

April 11, 2021

CBD's legal status in the UK

Let’s talk about Cannabidiol (CBD).

From CBD edibles to vape e-liquid and skincare creams, it’s impossible not to notice CBD oil (also sometimes referred to as CBD hemp oil).

The number of CBD oil users has exploded in the UK in a short period of time which explains the sudden interest in what CBD oil is all about. The wellness trend’s popularity is set to further improve in 2021.

Though some people familiar with CBD oil know it’s produced from the cannabis plant and is one of many cannabinoids, most still have no idea as to if it’s legal in the UK or not.

In all fairness, the CBD laws are confusing – some people believe it should be legal and others feel very differently.

As of 2021, CBD oil and products with CBD content are legal in the UK. So why all the confusion?

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the legality of CBD oil because of its murky past, but in reality, CBD is 100% legal in the UK.

CBD is no longer a controlled substance and there are no restrictions on the way it is used.

But wait, there’s more.

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.

Companies selling CBD oil legally in the UK are not allowed to make claims about medical benefits. If you spot a CBD brand claiming their products will solve various health and medical conditions such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, you should be cautious and steer clear. According to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), FSA (Food Standards Agency) and the Home Office, companies are only allowed to advertise CBD as a food supplement.

To summarise, in order for CBD to be legal in the UK, the industrial hemp strain that it has been derived from must be EU-approved or come from outside the EU, have less than 0.2% amount of THC and under 1mg THC per dose. CBD must not be confused with medical marijuana products or medicinal cannabis oil. Cannabis (marijuana) is a controlled drug (Class B Drug) in the UK. The only medical cannabis product that has passed clinical trials is Sativex, a 50/50 mix of CBD and THC. Sativex has been approved for use in the UK as a treatment option for multiple sclerosis.

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.

Everyone may not be entirely comfortable with CBD’s newfound popularity, but that hasn’t stopped UK CBD oil sites from popping up more and more online.

The best CBD oil to try

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.

Whether or not you believe CBD should be legal, one thing is certain; hemp products are not going anywhere any time soon.

To calculate your CBD dosage, or to learn more about the potential benefits of CBD, visit our FAQ.

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