The Laws in the UK focussing on CBD products are always changing and that makes the waters murkier than ever.
Today we will take a look into the current legalities surrounding CBD products in 2019, what is and what isn’t legal.
What are CBD products?
CBD products contain mainly Cannabidiol which is one of the 104 known compounds found in the Cannabis plant.
CBD should not be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a psychoactive compound that gives people the “high” that recreational users want from their product.
All CBD products will not get you high and attach themselves to different receptors in the brain and intact with the human endocannabinoid system differently to THC These compounds are the most well known active phytocannabinoids in the plant.
In short, CBD has been shown to have some medicinal benefits But the laws around this topic are very strict. We cannot say that the CBD products that we sell have medicinal benefits or even acknowledge the medical benefits. We can only point to some studies to let you make your own mind up like this one from the World Health Organisation.
The UK Law On CBD As Of April 2019
The MHRA(Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has given its opinion on CBD in the form of a paper published in 2016.
It states that any products containing CBD must have a licence if they are sold for medical purposes. They also say that they know people in the UK use CBD that isn’t licenced for medical use to treat ailments, these cannot be advertised as medical products.
Is CBD Legal in the UK?
– Yes, But to be advertised and sold as medicine it must be licenced as a medical product.
– The product must contain no more than 0.2% THC
– the product cannot be portrayed to have health benefits
CBD Laws In The Future
With all things cannabis, it’s all very uncertain and we will only know what’s going to happen once the UK has left the EU which has now been pushed back to the 31st of October.
With the UK leaving the EU this would mean we would have to create our own laws on how to govern its sale and use.
Currently, the UK run close to the EU guidelines set by the EMCDDA but once we have left the EU we could, in theory, make a whole new set of laws aimed at legalisation and monetisation of cannabis, much like some states in the US.
The other possibility is that we stay with a Tory government and the laws stay exactly the same. This is more likely to be the case unless we hold another general election before 2022. With this in mind, it is also a possibility that the laws for users get far worse. Medical could become even harder to get hold of and CBD products could have much tighter controls imposed. It is hard to say what lies ahead in these uncertain times but the one thing we do know is that a lot of people are using CBD products and it is making a large difference in their lives and we hope it our government can come to an agreement to keep CBD legal so people can get the help they deserve.