With everything from e-liquids containing cannabinoids to UK legal buds now available online and in stores throughout the UK, a lot of people are left wondering what exactly laws pertaining to CBD cover and don’t cover. And, since we’ve already covered general myths surrounding CBD, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into what exactly UK lawmakers have put on the books.
But first: What have been the driving forces behind the sudden (but welcome!) acceptance of CBD?
The research speaks for itself
The main thing that changed perceptions was research.
Still ongoing, many medical journals and pharmaceutical companies have recently found new and interesting ways to use cannabidiol (CBD). Among these is a range of potential health benefits which include curbing the side effects of neurological diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Other benefits include potential use in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, among ongoing research into its use in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Alongside these potential benefits, CBD has been known to have a calming and energising effect on users, as well as relieving muscle aches and pains in conditions such as arthritis and more general sprains. Whilst these are used recreationally and are not linked to any specific medication, the effects are still positive on general wellbeing.
So, what exactly does the law say?
Medical use CBD
A few CBD related products are being sold for medical use, and they are becoming more prevalent in the UK for specific ailments and treatments. However, any CBD based medicine needs to be completely licensed and therefore must be tested to meet UK medical standards.
Recreational use CBD
That means you can purchase things like CBD oil and CBD edibles online or in-store without any prescription or recommendation from a doctor. Of course, you have to be over 18! But, this works both ways: manufacturers of these products must ensure they don’t tout any specific medical benefits. This is to make sure that no users are misled as to what these products can offer them.
Is THC legal?
As of November 2018, cannabis-based medicines and loose-leaf products were made legal under the NHS with a prescription. This was part of an overhaul on the way that medicines and pharmaceuticals were treated, and showed further progress in the decriminalisation of cannabis products. That being said, cannabis is still illegal, and those who are found possessing it without a prescription can face up to five years in prison or a hefty fine, quantity dependent.
Is there THC in CBD products?
Just a tiny bit.
CBD products such as edibles or vape liquids are by law only allowed to contain 0.2 per cent THC. That means anyone consuming or applying CBD won’t feel any psychoactive effects.
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