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Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK 2020?

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CBD oil is a food supplement which is growing in popularity in the UK and around the world. There are many misconceptions around what CBD oil is and how it is manufactured. Most CBD oil is derived from a low THC variety of cannabis nicknamed hemp, which leads some people to believe that it is illegal.

CBD is neither an illegal drug, nor a medicine, which is why a lot of work is needed to educate people about what CBD is and how it can be used to support a healthy lifestyle. CBD is widely available in shops throughout the UK, but the rise of gimmicky, untrustworthy and ineffective products has lead some people to be sceptical about its efficacy and legality.

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

In short, yes, CBD supplements are legal in the UK. However, it is important that you purchase these from a reputable source, or it could turn out to be illegal or not what you think it is.

CBD oil is only legal in the UK if it is made from certain approved strains which contain less than 0.2% THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol in the growing plant. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis which is responsible for the “high”.

For CBD oil to be legal, the Home Office has also stated that the THC should not be easily separated from the CBD. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, and while some cannabinoids are considered to be controlled substances, CBD is not. 

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is derived from hemp plants which are part of the cannabis family. These strains of cannabis contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. THC and CBD are both compounds known as cannabinoids. Oil naturally high in CBD is extracted from the plant which is then used for a variety of supplements including oral solutions, tablets, vape liquids, creams and beauty products.

Like THC, CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining balance within the body. The endocannabinoid system is a network of millions of receptor pathways in the body. 

Is it the same as medical cannabis?

CBD supplements are different to a lot of medical cannabis products. Some of these (i.e. sativex) contain higher levels of THC. THC is a controlled substance which is only available with a prescription. It is rare for doctors in the UK to prescribe any cannabis-based products. As CBD doesn’t get you high, there are no restrictions to using it when you are driving, for example.

The legality of CBD oil depends on many factors. This is why it is important to only purchase CBD oil from a reputable source. CBD One provide peace of mind that you are buying exceptionally high quality, legal products. We always verify our products with a certificate of analysis, which means you can see the confirmed contents.

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Can I travel with CBD oil?

Some countries treat all varieties of cannabis based products as a banned substance, so it’s worth checking before you travel. As research into CBD is ongoing, legislation is working hard to keep up. If you plan to travel with CBD oil, check the country you are travelling to permits it, and also that any countries you pass through in transit. 

CBD is banned in China and Russia, and in places like Malta, it is only permitted with a prescription. In the US, rules vary by state, so you should always check before you travel.

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