Scotland, for better or for worse, has been a part of the United Kingdom since 1707. Since the beginnings of the UK, Scotland has grown closer and closer to England. However, most people are content with the union and the benefits it so clearly brings. But are the rules the same for CBD oil in Scotland as they are for the rest of the UK?
Who Makes the Rules?
Running the risk of turning this into an article on the distribution of power in the UK, who makes the rules has still got to be discussed. The devolved parliament of Scotland has the right to choose its own educational, health, law, social work, environmental, economic development, transport, agriculture, and sports laws. However, it cannot alter the laws of the UK, members have to go to the parliament in London to do that. That parliament decides defence, foreign, immigration, fiscal, monetary, employment, nuclear, and national security policies.
Does Scotland Choose its Laws on CBD?
To a large extent, Scotland can decide its own policies on CBD. However, because cannabis (the source of CBD) has been illegal and having a drug legal on one side of an open, unprotected border and legal on the other would be a disaster for trying to stop a drugs trade, the UK has been forced to play the same game across the entire Union.
So, even though Scotland could choose to make cannabis legal, it would cause a big problems with the UK parliament, which is refusing to make cannabis legal. CBD is found in cannabis, so it makes it a little more difficult to legislate for.
Can I Buy CBD in Scotland?
It seems the Scots are just as keen on CBD as the Welsh, Northern Irish and the English. It is legal to sell or buy CBD anywhere in the UK if it has a THC content of less than 0.2 percent and is not labelled as having medicinal benefits. Because of this new law introduced in November 2018, it is now popping up all over the place. In coffee shops, in foods in supermarkets, in smoothies, drinks, salad dressings, ice creams, body washes and face creams. It can look like there is nothing that CBD cannot be shoehorned into.
Wait, it Cannot be Labelled as Having Medical Benefits?
Apparently so. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which governs the entire UK, stipulates that CBD cannot be labelled as a medicine or as having medical benefits unless they have a license to do so. If you take a look at the CBD products available in the UK, you will see that many of them are somewhat silent on the benefits of CBD when it comes to their advertising. This is because of this ruling.
You can use CBD for medical or supplement purposes (why would you use it for anything else? It does not get you high) but you cannot label it as a medicine.
That Seems Unfair?
Not when you think about it. When you pick up a bottle of something and it says that it is a medicine, you can rightly assume that someone has tested that medicine vigorously and the evidence supports it being a medicine. The MHRA regulations are the result of a lot of people dying or being made very ill because they took something that was labelled a medicine that turned out to be either ineffective or dangerous.
The evidence for CBD being an effective medicine is actually quite sparse. Many, many studies have shown that there are positive effects, but they are usually stage 1 pre-clinical trials. A worrying number of these studies have also had poor methodology, were prone to bias or were just too small to be representative. Large scale clinical trials on CBD have not been carried out, with a few exceptions.
The MHRA cannot approve something as a medicine without “gold standard” double-blind placebo control trials being carried out. Until that happens, it will be illegal to label CBD in Scotland or the rest of the UK as anything but a food supplement.
I can have CBD Oil in Scotland then?
Most definitely! Feel free to enjoy your CBD oil in Scotland or any other part of the UK, as long as it does not have THC (or less than 0.2%) in it. Although it might be labelled a food supplement, you can check out the rest of this site for all the information you need about CBD. We have done extensive research to give you the clearest picture of cannabidiol we can so you can make the best decisions for yourself. Do not worry, they are easy to read and the conclusions are generally very positive.