Is The Use of CBD Oil Legal?
The simple answer to this question is yes.
CBD oil is legal in the UK because hemp is legal in the UK. Many large supermarkets and health food stores stock hemp seed oil now, with CBD oil not far behind on the high street in the near future.
The reason for the confusion is the classification of “hemp” and “cannabis”. Quite simply, hemp is cannabis – the Latin name of what we call hemp is cannabis sativa. So as far as nature is concerned, hemp is just one type of cannabis.
Hemp is a plant that risks no intoxication, addiction or mind-altering problems and offers a wide variety of positive uses.
The commonly thought of “Cannabis” is considered to be strains of cannabis sativa with THC content regularly over 0.2%, THC is the psychoactive component which produces the “high” that consumers experience.
Hemp strains have THC content below 0.2% and these are the strains that are used to make CBD oil. Due to the low THC content Cannabis Oil cannot produce a high, which is why it is legal to consume.
Any CBD oil with a THC content above 0.2% remains to be illegal and use is prohibited.
The law recognises CBD Oil as a food supplement and, following studies into the effects on various health issues, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have released their opinions on if it can be classed as a medicine or medicinal supplement.